Elroy Sailor

Published December 10, 2010

Elroy Sailor is co-founder and CEO of the J.C. Watts Companies (JCWC). Since the company’s founding in 2003, as CEO, Sailor has led a dynamic and talented executive management team to build a multi-industry business headquartered in Washington, D.C. with operations in Oklahoma, Texas and Nigeria. JCWC owns and operates several business units that provide services ranging from lobbying to construction project management to equipment sales and service. In 2003, Sailor spearheaded efforts to build Watts Partners (WP), which today is the nation’s largest Black-owned lobbying shop. In this capacity, Elroy has been listed as one of DC’s top lobbyists forging left-right alliances.  In 2005, he spear-headed, the acquisition of two John Deere dealerships (Mustang Equipment), which placed Mustang Equipment in the control of J.C. Watts Companies as the nation’s first minority-owned John Deere dealerships.

Prior to serving as CEO of the J.C. Watts Companies, Elroy served in numerous capacities throughout the state and federal government. He served as the Director of Urban Affairs for then-Michigan Governor John Engler, where he served as Special Advisor for Urban Initiatives, handled urban development maters, and served as the Governor’s political advisor in the capacity of Deputy Campaign Manager.

In 1998, Sailor joined Congressman J.C. Watts in his leadership office as Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff. In this capacity, Sailor led efforts that launched the first-ever House Republican Historically Black College Summit, and the Congressional Trade Aid Caucus, a congressional initiative aimed at increasing economic and cultural relations with African nations.

Sailor is a graduate of Morehouse College and his wife, Angela Sailor, is a Spelman College alumna.

Written by BET-Staff

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