The Sherman Chamber of Commerce, at the annual awards luncheon on January 24, named TAPS Public Transit as the organization’s “Large Business of the Year.” TAPS was one of five chamber members nominated for the honor. Others nominated include American Bank of Texas, Texas Health Presbyterian-WNJ, Texoma Medical Center, and Grayson College.
Jason Taylor, president of the Sherman Chamber’s board of directors told the audience that TAPS was chosen for its impact on the community, both as a public service and for its economic contributions. “TAPS is a business success story —a company brought back from the brink of failure, that in just four years has become a thriving agency with a local budget near $20 million,” said Taylor.
TAPS CEO and Executive Director, Brad Underwood, accepted the award on behalf of his Sherman-based team of nearly 200 employees. “The are proud that Sherman, Texas is our home,” said Underwood. “All of our growth —from a small rural bus and van service, to a seven county operation, is because of the support of local business, local government, and the people of Texoma.”
Several members of the TAPS Public Transit board of directors were at the luncheon. Sherman City Councilman Ryan Johnson, a TAPS board member, said the award is due recognition for the hard work and innovation shown by the transportation agency. “TAPS has assembled a talented team of people that has the kind of vision and skills to have taken this Sherman company into one of the most admired regional transit agencies in the U.S.,” said Johnson.