ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: James L. Stokes Jr.
November 9, 2020
As I recently celebrated my 35th anniversary with our company, I can genuinely reflect on how I got here.
As a child growing up in North Baton Rouge (Zion City), our parents' and community’s values instilled in my two older sisters, my younger brother, and myself were instrumental in shaping me into the best person that I would become.
I was molded for leadership and a business career at an early age. After being bused to a newly opened elementary school in Glen Oaks, I immediately recognized that I was in the minority student population. However, this prepared me for interacting with others who did not look like me. The skillsets I gained while participating in an array of extracurricular activities has proven invaluable.
My path as a business major began after witnessing my oldest sister graduate from Southern University. She ultimately received a masters' degree from the University of Wisconsin before becoming a CPA in Texas with one of the Big 8 Accounting Firms. She established her own CPA Firm in the early 1980s and is still very successful today. I wanted to achieve similar success, so the wheels began turning.
With the trajectories in my life laid for leadership, a career in business, and the ability to interact with others as a minority, my decision to enroll in Louisiana State University was a straightforward one. Having a degree from one of the top business schools known internationally on my resume has enhanced my career.
The culmination of the paths in my life with a business degree from LSU has afforded me the opportunities to serve on numerous boards and committees on local, regional, and national levels. My experience has further been accented as a recipient of various awards and other business recognition.
So, How Did I Get Here? It was the paths in my life and my Christian beliefs along with – yes, a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from LSU. I am very proud of my decision to attend LSU and always eager to answer the question – “where did you go to college”?
A special thanks to my wife of 31 years, our 25-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter, my late parents, my siblings, and other family, friends, and associates.
James L. Stokes Jr. graduated from the E. J. Ourso College of Business in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He currently serves as the Executive Director with Alliance Lending Corporation, a statewide Commercial Lender utilizing one of the Small Business Administration’s loan products in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Stokes has over 35 years of experience in providing fixed asset financing to for-profit businesses.
Among his many accomplishments, Stokes has been recognized by the Fort Worth Business Press as one of the 400 Most Influential People in Fort Worth in 2018, 2019, and 2020. He serves as a member of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and is a member of the college’s North Texas Leadership Team.
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