Sealy Economic Development Corporation

Since 1979, Texas law has allowed cities to form economic development corporations to attract businesses and create job opportunities.
In 1989, the Legislature gave eligible cities the option of adopting a dedicated sales and use tax to fund many industrial development projects. Further legislation in 1991 recognized the need of some cities for funds to improve their appeal as places to live, work, and visit. This local sales and use tax became commonly known as the economic development sales tax.

On May 3, 1997, City of Sealy voters elected to adopt this additional sales tax under Section 4B of the Development Corporation Act of 1979. While the Section 4A tax is primarily intended for manufacturing and industrial development, the Section 4B tax provides cities with a wider range for the use of the tax revenues because it is intended to give communities an opportunity to undertake projects to provide for quality of life improvements, including economic development. In accordance with State law, the City created the Sealy Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and appointed a board of directors to administer the Section 4B sales tax revenues. The City began collecting the additional half percent economic development sales tax effective October 1, 1997.

Current Board Members & Administrative Staff


Executive Director and Main Street Manager
(979) 627-6121

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Bio pending position being filled…

Katherine Ellis

Deputy Executive Director
(979) 627-6127

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Katherine’s Bio is coming soon…

Bradley Miller

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Bradley Miller has been a resident of Sealy for over 4 years when he and his wife, Kristiann, moved their family back to her hometown. Bradley is no stranger to small towns as he was raised in El Campo, TX. Bradley is currently the Head of Transformation at FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in College Station, TX. He is responsible for leading process improvement initiatives and driving large-scale, global transformation projects. Bradley has a strong background in change management, resource planning and budget management. Bradley received his Master of Business Administration from Texas State University and his Bachelors in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University. In addition to serving on the Sealy EDC, Bradley is a board member of the Sealy Tiger Athletic Booster Club and also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Executive Volunteer Board for the American Red Cross – Greater Houston Chapter. The Miller’s moved to Sealy to allow their family to experience what living in a close knit community is all about. Bradley is passionate about serving and helping our community grow in the right way while keeping perspective of what drew his family back to Sealy.

Russ Rainwater

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Russ Rainwater is a Sealy resident and active in Rotary, Meals on Wheels, Chamber of Commerce, Cat Spring VFD, Austin County Cruisers and a host of other community events.  He works for Austin County State Bank as Business Development Officer specializing in Commercial Loans.  Born in Salem Oregon, his degree is in Economics with a business minor from Western Oregon University.  He loves live music concerts and dancing.  In his spare time he enjoys restoring classic muscle cars.  Very competitive and loves shooting pool, playing racquetball, softball, and even a little pickleball when the weather is nice.

Johnny Bonaccorso

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Johnny Bonaccorso is a long time resident of Sealy for over 40 years.  He graduated from Sealy High School, earned an associate’s degree from Houston Community College in business and furthered his higher education with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston.  Johnny is employed by Citizens State Bank as a loan representative and is an active member in the community as a Blue Blazer with the Sealy Chamber of Commerce. Johnny is married to his wife, Carol for over 25 years and they have 2 adult children in which they raised in Sealy. Johnny is passionate about supporting and serving the community where he lives and works.

Larry Koy

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Mr. Koy believes that being on the EDC Board provides an opportunity to bring in new business and help existing business expand and stay in Sealy.  I believe that helping Historic Downtown Sealy brings a sense of pride showing what Sealy really has to offer.  Reviving the old town spirit, and growing the city as a whole, with good housing, and good clean business, is the goal for the City of Sealy.

“It is my belief that all the good things that happened to me in Sealy, should be returned in a small way by serving on the EDC Board and City Council.  I’ve been privileged to have served on both”.  – Larry Koy

Mr. Koy was born and raised, and educated in Sealy.  Mr. Koy worked for several companies and then went into the Army Reserve.  He then went to work for AT&T for 35 years and is presently retired. 

Sterling Shiller

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Sterling has been a resident of Seay for over fifty years.  He graduated 3rd in his class from Sealy High School.  He obtained an associate degree from Blinn College in Brenham and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University majoring in accounting.  He recently retired after being employed by the Katy Independent School District for 31 years where he served as senior accountant in the finance department.

Sterling has served on the past two City of Sealy Charter Review Commissions and is a current long-standing member of the City of Sealy Parks Board.  He is also a member of the Sealy Trinity Lutheran Church and the Peter’s Hacienda Community Hall.  He was also a member of the Sealy Volunteer Fire Department where he served as secretary for several years.

Sterling applies his financial knowledge and appreciation of Sealy heritage in helping direct the EDC in their decision-making processes and approaches to handling growth.  He truly believes that Sealy is a great place to live, work, and prosper.

Jennifer Sullivan

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Jennifer Sullivan‘s Bio is coming soon…

Yvonne Johnson

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Yvonne’s Bio is coming soon…

Current SEDC Board MembersExpiration of Current Term
Jennifer Sullivan2022 – 2023 (unexpired term)
Sterling Schiller, President2022 – 2024
Larry Koy2022 – 2024
Yvonne Johnson2022 – 2024
Johnny Bonaccorso2022 – 2024
Bradley Miller2021 – 2023
Russ Rainwater, Vice President2021 – 2023
Administrative Members
Expiration of Current Term
Chandler MarksExecutive Director and Main Street Manager
Krystal SodolakTreasurer
Katherine EllisSecretary
Tim KirwinSEDC Attorney