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Business Hall of Fame

Alan Dick

Alan Dick

Pilon School of Business
Program: Marketing
Year of Graduation: 1985
Year of Induction to Hall of Fame: 2018

Former Senior Vice President of Global Business Services and Integration Management, Jacobs
 
Alan Dick, a 1985 graduate of Sheridan’s Marketing program, is the 2018 inductee to the Sheridan Business Hall of Fame. 

The award comes in recognition of his 30-year career in the aluminum and engineering fields.

Alan has spent the past several years in the engineering and construction sector. From 2016 to 2019, he held several Senior Vice-President level roles for Jacobs Engineering Group in Dallas, TX, including Strategy, Operational Excellence and Transformation, Global Business Services, Real Estate and Integration Management.

After graduating in 1985, a fellow Sheridan grad hired Dick for a sales job at Pechiney, a Paris-based aluminum company. Throughout his career, Dick says he benefitted from mentors who gave him the opportunity to take on new challenges. “They taught me what I did not know, and took a chance and gave me an opportunity,” he says. “Now, I try to do that for other people.”

Dick’s career has been shaped by many external challenges. In 2009, for example, he helped Aleris — an aluminum company where he was an Executive Vice-President — recover from bankruptcy. 

He says he first gained a true appreciation for the value of those real-life lessons – however hard they may be – while he was a Sheridan student. “One of the things I liked about Sheridan, (the courses) were taught by people who had worked in the field. They weren’t taught by book-smart people who have never had to invest in the markets or had to fire people,” he says.

Alan holds an Executive Master’s in Business Administration from Bellarmine University. 

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