Calhoun honored as a Man of Distinction

Jay Calhoun spends a lot of time crunching numbers, but is also accustomed to getting his hands dirty with any project that he is involved in. The Tulsa World recently named Calhoun as one of the Men of Distinction. His latest project was to help with the work at the Brent Community Center. 
Dianna F. Dandridge • TIMES
Jay Calhoun spends a lot of time crunching numbers, but is also accustomed to getting his hands dirty with any project that he is involved in. The Tulsa World recently named Calhoun as one of the Men of Distinction. His latest project was to help with the work at the Brent Community Center. Dianna F. Dandridge • TIMES

The Tulsa World recently honored Jay Calhoun, formerly of Sallisaw, as a Man of Distinction for his civic and business leadership activities.

Calhoun is the director of strategic investments for the Cherokee Nation Businesses.

Calhoun says he grew up between Sallisaw and Anchorage, Alaska, but calls Sallisaw home.

Calhoun graduated from the University of Oklahoma at Norman with a degree in chemical engineering and a master of business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He has worked as an oil and gas industries consultant, but has always had a passion for the economic development for the people of the Cherokee Nation.

His work with former Congressman Brad Carson laid the groundwork for him to return to Sallisaw and assume his current position.

Calhoun is active involved with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program and business education through the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and Junior Achievement.

“I am the team leader for long-term strategic development,” he said. “Basically, I look for investments that will provide a good return for the tribe and build the community where we live.”

Calhoun, 34, lives in Tulsa but is often in Sequoyah County.

He says he believes strongly in the importance of education and works in many areas to broaden the educational opportunities for all children.

Calhoun says he crunches lots of numbers before he recommends any project. But his work doesn’t end there.

He says he spends a lot of time doing the hands-on work that creates a better environment for the community.

Calhoun is the son of Craig and Sheryl Calhoun. He graduated from Anchorage Alaska.