Jack M. Webb
Jack M. Webb, Businessman, lawyer, geologist, mediator, lobbyist, farmer, diplomat, soldier, and political advisor. He currently serves as Chairman of Jack M. Webb & Associates, as a Director of VeriMed Research Corporation (cancer research), Bradmark Technology (software) and the Boy Scouts of America. Previous directorships include Crystal Fuels (biodiesel), Techxas Ventures, Scotia Pacific Holding Company (timber), Houston National Bank, Charter Bank Houston, American Meridian Insurance Company (Bermuda), the National Parks Foundation, the Museum of Natural Science, Rice Center, Texas Aerospace Commission, the Bluebonnet Bowl, Episcopal High School, River Oaks Property Owners Association, Harris County Health Facility Development Corporation and the Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. As Executive Director of the Houston Political Action Committee, he has been influential in national electoral politics for more than thirty years. He is also a graduate of the American Leadership Forum and Leadership Houston.
Presidential appointments include the President’s Commission on White House Scholars, the Advisory Board of the U.S. Peace Corps and Presidential Delegation assignments to Finland, Haiti, Ghana, Angola and Bolivia, as well as various White House advance teams. Other appointments include the Pipeline Safety Standards Committee by the Secretary of Transportation, Take Pride in America by the Secretary of the Interior, the Houston World War II Commemorative Committee by the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Export-Import Bank Board of Directors Committee for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Government related activities have included assignments in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America and travel to North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Namibia, Vietnam, Brazil, Kuwait, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia. For the past 25 years he has served as the Honorary Consul General of Ghana.
In the private sector, he has undertaken thirty-four federal court appointments as Trustee in complex business reorganization cases, e.g. Couch Mortgage Company, and twelve state court appointments as Special Deputy Receiver for Texas insurance companies, e.g. Employers Casualty Company, Chairman of the Board and General Counsel of Republic Capital, Senior Vice President of First City Texas, Vice President, Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of Gulf Resources & Chemical Corporation and as legal counsel for Panhandle Eastern Corporation and Standard Oil Company of California. Founder of Jack M. Webb & Associates, he has specialized in representing individuals and corporations before the Congress of the United States and also provided clients with consulting services in government relations, both in domestic and international matters. He is the founder and CEO of Ghana Development Corporation.
An Eagle Scout as a boy, he served as a Scoutmaster of a Houston Boy Scout troop for over thirty years and served as a leader for Boy Scout World Jamboree trips to Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Tulane University and Bachelor of Science in Geology from Centenary College of Louisiana prior to service as a Captain in the U.S. Army tank corps. In 1999, he attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mr. Banks is Founder & CEO of Banks International Development, LLC
Little Rock, Arkansas
With over 30 years of experience in International Economic and Tourism Development, Sherman Banks is dedicated to helping develop sustainable economic and cultural channels that can help bridge educational and cultural divides among nations.
The first African-American to be elected President of Sister Cities International, Banks dedicated his presidency to actively furthering the principles upon which President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded Sister Cities post WWII - “to exchange ideas together, to work together and to dream together.”
Here are just a few highlights of his accomplishments.
Mr. Banks co-led peace missions to Egypt and Morocco during which he realized his dream of conducting the first ever Sister Cities International “Islamic Summit - Citizen Diplomacy in the 21st Century.”
He led a delegation of elected officials and Sister Cities International Board members to China to negotiate the details for the second U.S./Sino conference between China and the U.S.
Banks worked with Prince Kwame of Ghana to develop the Global Sister Cities Foundation and to organize the Africa Global Sister Cities Summit in 2008 held in Accra, Ghana, the Summit focused on the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals of reducing extreme poverty rates, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, and providing universal primary education by 2015. Banks also worked with Prince Kwame 2010 symposium on Traditional Leaders working together with Elected Officials.
In May 2013, Banks led a delegation mission to develop a relationship between the local government of Great Britain and the Arkansas Municipal League. During that trip, he established the first veterans exchange relationship between Northern England and Arkansas.
In August 2014 Banks hosted an Agricultural Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas sponsored by the Arkansas Municipal League, focusing on the Development of Sustainable agriculture and Economic Partnership between the state of Arkansas – Delta Region, USA and the Volta Region of Ghana. In addition to other dignitaries the keynote speaker was The Honorable Francis Komla Ganyaglo, Deputy Minister, Volta Region representing The Honorable Prosper D. K. Bani, Chief of Staff Office of the President of Ghana.
In 2015 Banks lead a delegation with the Secretary & the Deputy Secretary of Arkansas along the Dr. Don Simpson, PhD. Associate Professor, University of Arkansas Campus of Medical Sciences. Included in that delegation was the Director of African Affairs of the World Trade Center of Arkansas and the Director of International Affairs for Riceland Foods. During that visit the Paramount King of Agotime Traditional Area, His Royal Majesty Nene Nuer Keteku III appointed Kente Chief of the Diaspora for Agotime Traditional Area.
In October 2015 Banks, along with the President and President-Elect of the Arkansas Municipal League traveled to Accra for the purpose developing and signing a memorandum of understanding between the Arkansas Municipal League and the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana. Banks during that visit was official coronated as Chief of Kente Agotime, Ghana. Aristotle, Inc. an Arkansas company in Little Rock, Arkansas was chosen to be the official US representative for Broadband Development for the country of Ghana.
In May of 2016 the President of Ghana appointed Banks as Honorary Consul of Arkansas- Delta Region for the Republic of Ghana. The U.S. State Department approved and issued Consul ID and the Consulate in Little Rock, Arkansas was officially commissioned on February 17, 2017
Since 2013 there has been sister city agreements signed between the city of Jacksonville & Apando Municipality in Volta Region; Stephens, Arkansas & Agotime Traditional Area, Volta Region; and Batesville, Arkansas & Asunafo-North, Ghana. Other agreements were signed between the Evangelical Presbyterian University, Ho-Volta Region & Short Methodist College, North Little Rock, Arkansas; and the University of Arkansas Campus of Medical Science & the University of Health & Allied Science, Ho-Volta Region
Banks has led many economic, cultural and sister city missions and has worked with elected officials to develop agricultural, economic, tourism, trade and political programs in countries such as the United States, Italy, England, Morocco, South Africa, Portugal, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Germany, China, Egypt, Japan and Ghana to name a few.
Sherman has been invited to speak on Citizen Diplomacy, Islamic Relations and Economic and Tourism Development in 12 foreign countries and in various locations in the United States.
Banks is a currently serving on the Little Rock Air Force Base Council and is Honorary Commander of the 34th Combat Training Squadron; Honorary Board of Sister Cities International; member North Little Rock Rotary Club; Vice President of Arkansas and Board member of IBLA Grand Prize (an international music competition that takes place in Sicily, Italy every July); and the National League of Cities International Committee; and Charter Member of the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
Served as local Rotary President and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He served as the Rotary Group Study Exchange Leader to Italy and as Rotary Group Study Exchange Chair to Perth, Australia for District 6150.
Mr. Banks is Founder & CEO of Banks International Development, LLC
Recognizing his tireless efforts to further global cooperation and understanding through citizen diplomacy, Mr. Banks was awarded the title of President Emeritus of Sister Cities International.