SHEILA HARRISON biography
Executive Vice President
Publisher - The Houston Business Guide
As president and co-owner, Sheila Harrison brings a world of national/international experience to The BUSINESS GUIDE, a comprehensive print and online business-to-business resource that Harrison plans to take to over 60 cities nationwide. With over 30 years experience in business development, management, finance and helping businesses to grow, The BUSINESS GUIDE provides the ideal vehicle for Harrison to bring her extensive business background and entrepreneurial spirit.
Beginning her career as Controller/Treasurer for Toro Petroleum Corp., Houston, Sheila guided the company's financial activities through rapid growth from $50 million to $150 million in annual sales.
An entrepreneur-in-progress, Sheila tested the waters of her expertise by establishing a wholesale/retail distribution company that provided a vast array of products for the home, personal care, nutrition and lifestyle, affiliating her business with national/international partners. In 1999, with the business growing exponentially, she launched the business online as an e-commerce site, increasing its volume of sales far beyond her initial predictions.
Entering the field of business brokerage, she began to list and sell medium-sized businesses to entrepreneurs, guiding them through the process of ownership and growth. During this new venture, she came upon her most exciting transaction of all – the purchase of The Business Guide as her own business venture!
Immediately she set about to take what was originally a list publication into the new economy as a comprehensive, high-tech business-to-business resource – light years beyond its original focus. Her goal: To take The Business Guide to over 60 targeted cities in the USA and worldwide via city publications and a web portal.
She connected with NSTA - the National Space & Technology Association - at its very beginning in 2003 and quickly became a Founding Director. She currently serves as Executive Vice President/Chair-Steering Committee and, in 2010, was granted "Permanent Member" status at NSTA's Third Annual Greater Houston Technology Report.
In 2009, Sheila co-founded the Entrepreneur Broadcasting Company (EBC), one of Houston's newest and most technologically progressive television outlets, scheduled to begin full-time broadcasting in 2011.Sheila holds a degree in business from The University of Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of Beta Alpha Phi – National Honors Accounting Society, and has completed graduate studies toward a Master’s degree.