James Herring, Jr., a managing director in the Investment Management Division (IMD) of Goldman Sachs in New York will be delivering the commencement address at Canton Academy’s graduation ceremonies to be held on May 17, 2019. Herring has been advising executives, non-profits, and families since he joined the firm in 1989, just five years removed from his 1984 graduation at Canton Academy. He also serves on the Private Wealth Management Advisors Council, as part of the Investment Experience Group, and as a member of the Wealth Management Forum Editorial Board. From 1996 to 2000, he was regional manager of the Equities and Private Wealth Management businesses in the Southeast, based in Memphis. During 2001, James was regional manager for Salt Lake City, Utah’s GS.com, an online wealth management start-up initiative. In 2002, he moved to New York to advise many of the firm’s key relationships in IMD. In 2006, James was named co-head of the Family Investment Office, a multifamily office business that he developed, launched and led until 2009. He was named managing director in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, James served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve for nine years. James earned a BA and MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is a former president of the Owen Graduate School Alumni Board, a member of the Economic Club of New York, and is active as a board member and fundraiser for his church and several nonprofits.

James graduated from Canton Academy in 1984. His numerous honors his senior year included serving as the Student Body President, Valedictorian, Star Student, Hall of Fame inductee, and recipient of the Dan Forth Award and the Governor’s Scholarship. His classmates selected James  as “Most Intellectual,” “Most Likely to Succeed,” and “Most Dependable.” James was also a member of the Canton Academy tennis team.

Canton Academy is honored to welcome back this esteemed alumni.