A successful Kansas City entrepreneur and civic leader, John Sherman founded his first startup, LPG Services, in 1991. LPG quickly became one of the nation's largest wholesale propane marketers before it merged with Dynegy in 1996. That same year, Sherman founded Inergy, which went public in 2001. Under his leadership, Inergy has executed a growth strategy that took it from a standing start to more than $2 billion in revenue. Today, Inergy is among the largest independent natural gas storage operators in the United States and a major developer and operator of energy infrastructure.
Sherman serves on the board of Great Plains Energy, Inc. He also serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Truman Presidential Library Institute, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation, Teach For America Kansas City and the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. He is a trustee of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, MRIGlobal and St. Paul's School. A dedicated education advocate, he focuses his philanthropic efforts on narrowing the educational opportunity gap for the underserved.
The recipient of numerous honors, Sherman was named an Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. In 2009, he was named Entrepreneur of the Yearby UMKC's Bloch School of Business and the Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In 2012, he received the Hope Award from the National MS Society for his philanthropic work in the Kansas City area.