Deborah Sheehan, CFO, Founder & Principal

As JA has evolved, the guiding principles of the founding principals remain intact: integrity, creativity and knowledge. "These core strengths are a key asset to our continued success," says Deborah.

Deborah's work at JA helps to guide the partnership’s financial decisions, keeping the agency fiscally sound even through difficult economic times. Under her watch the agency has experienced sustainable growth while also remaining debt-free.

Not surprisingly for those who know her, Deborah's contributions to JA extend far beyond number crunching or bean counting. Her unusually wide-ranging skills and background bring a wealth of experience to bear on critical business decisions. As a corporate financial analyst for Citibank in New York City, Deborah refinanced a $1.2-billion financial structure for Viacom International.  Before that, as a cost and schedule engineer for Exxon, she developed a project-implementation plan for a $14.2-million oil refinery project in England that met all environmental regulations. 

At the other end of the spectrum, her résumé includes work as a manager of a high-end electronics and surveillance equipment store in Manhattan. And she spent a year rubbing shoulders with Hollywood types while in NYC working as a Production Assistant for the films, What About Bob? and Soap Dish

Deborah received a BS in civil engineering from Clemson University.  A few years later, she attained a master's degree in international management, marketing, and finance from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management. During her studies at Thunderbird, Deborah interned at the Copenhagen Handlesbank, AS: International Division, Copenhagen, Denmark. She also spent a semester studying abroad in Oslo, Norway, at the Norwegian School of Management.

Never one to stay behind a desk for too long, Deborah has completed several legendary cycling events in Colorado including “Ride the Rockies,” an annual week-long journey through 400+ miles of the Colorado Rockies, and the “Triple Bypass,” an annual one-day 120-mile event with an appropriately medical name where participants climb along roads at over 10,000 feet and over three major mountain passes. 

Her new “baby” is a carbon fiber mountain bike from Bianchi that was designed for a world champion rider.

“Yes it was a little expensive,” admits fiscally conservative Deborah. “But well worth the price.”