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Board of Directors

"The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation was formed because the citizens of Jacksonville recognized the importance of creating jobs and bringing capital investment in our community.

The original board knew the footprint we laid would become a pattern for those that followed.  In the first seven years, JEDCO identified about 1,200 jobs that were either brought into Jacksonville or saved.

I was very proud to be the first chair and to have served for those seven years."

-Senator Robert L. Nichols.

Board of Directors


Darrell Dement

Currently serving as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Dement is the CEO and owner of D&L Tooling and Plastics Inc., a plastic manufacturing company serving several industries with injection molded products.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas. Mr. Dement is past President and board member of the Jacksonville Kiwanis club, served as a board member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Christian School and past Treasurer of the Cherokee County Livestock Board.  Mr. Dement is a native of Jacksonville, Texas.  Darrell is married to Melissa and they have 3 children.  He has served on the JDC board since 2015.



Phillip A. Caron

Mr. Caron has over 39 years of general financial and healthcare finance experience. He has been a CPA since 1978 and is the Senior CFO for East Texas Medical Center Jacksonville. He has lived in Jacksonville since 2008 and also serves on the Board of the United Fund of Cherokee County.  Mr. Caron is a 1976 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. He and his wife, Liz, have three daughters and six grandchildren.  Mr. Caron is in his second term as a member of the JDC board and serves as the Treasurer.







Julie Duren

Julie A Duren moved to Jacksonville 33 years ago and established the Julie A. Duren State Farm Insurance Agency.  During her 33 years in Jacksonville Julie has been involved in many civic and charitable organizations including Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, United Fund, HOPE, Jacksonville Education Foundation, and others. Through JEDCO, Julie looks forward to working with existing businesses and prospective new businesses to encourage growth and development of Jacksonville.  She joined the board in 2015.



B. L. Sonny Corley

Sonny Corley, the most recent addition to the JDC Board and to Jacksonville, is a native of Lake Jackson, TX.  Having enjoyed a lengthy career in banking, Mr. Corley served the industry for over 40 years in Pearland, Alvin and Round Rock.  Although retired, Sonny can be found farming, ranching or on the golf course.  Married to Glynda, the couple have two children and five grandchildren.


Nathan Jones

Returning to the JDC board is Nathan Jones who previously served from 2002-2008.  Mr. Jones has been employed with Austin Bank for over 26 years and acts as Executive Vice President/Regional President as well as an Advisory Director to the board of directors.  Currently serving as Chairman of the Economic Development Division of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Nathan has also held the title of Chairman of the Board of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.  He has chaired the Budget Committee of the Lakeview Methodist Assembly Board, United Fund of Cherokee County, Citizen’s for Community and School Advancement (CCSA), Friends of Scouting, Jacksonville Rotary Board, and many other organizations and committees. Nathan has served on numerous boards including Rotary, Nan Travis Foundation, Lakeview Methodist Assembly, Crisis Center, Child & Family Services, and Jacksonville Kiwanis Club to name a few.  Dedicating countless hours to Boy Scouts, Nathan served as Den Leader, Assistant Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster and lead his two son’s to achieve their Eagle Scout.   In 2009, Nathan was awarded as Jacksonville’s Outstanding Businessman and then, in 2012, he was named Jacksonville’s Citizen of the Year.  Married to Lisa for 32 years, they have two sons, Christopher and Jonathan.