By Donna Parker
Sheridan Chambers ’97 is surrounded by Trinity alumni…and that’s just the way he likes it! Sheridan is one of three business partners at the helm of Denim Group Ltd., a technology company based in San Antonio. His two partners are Trinity grads, too – Dan Cornell ’98 and John Dickson ’95. Half of the company’s 30 employees are also alumni.
“I always felt really empowered by Trinity. I didn’t have to leave there and work for someone to learn how to be a business person. Instead, I discovered I could do it myself and I’ve only worked for myself my entire life. Trinity instilled in me the feeling that I could rely on myself and the confidence to understand that I could fail and it would be okay.”
Instead, success came knocking and Sheridan answered the call. Sheridan was named one of “30 Multimedia Whizzes Under 30” by Texas Monthly magazine and was just honored with the 2006 Young Business Leader of the Year by the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. The chamber shot a video about Sheridan that played in front of hundreds who heard him specifically thank Trinity for contributing to his good fortune.
“The North Chamber award was a pretty big deal. I’m pretty proud of that and totally could not have done it without my business partners,” Sheridan says.
“At Denim, we have a really good management team. Our team has the ability to make good decisions quickly with not a lot of information. We may not be making the best decisions, but we’re better than average with limited information.”
Sheridan believes in picking up the reins and running with them, even if you’re not always sure you’re headed in the right direction. Fortunately for him, failure wasn’t just around the bend. He’s already been successful in founding and/or managing three other tech companies, and recently, Denim Group was recognized by the San Antonio Business Journal as the fastest growing business in the city.
It’s not all business, though. Sheridan says it really was “love at first sight” when he met his wife, Lara, at a business networking event. They just married in May and have spent this blissful time as a newlywed couple cooking together, watching movies, and gardening – not to mention enjoying their three dogs and two cats.
But Trinity is never far from Sheridan’s sights. He is actively involved in the peer-mentor program, lunches regularly with former professor in the department of economics, Jorge Gonzalez. According to Sheridan, Jorge “really could communicate with students. Most of my professors had the ability to communicate and make a much deeper impression by doing so. They were very serious about teaching but had a sense of humor, encouraging us to learn in a fun way.”
Give this grad an “A+” for lessons well-learned.