Amarillo inventor James Sanders won this year’s West Texas Small Business Person of the Year.
Sanders, who is confined to a wheelchair, invented the Sprinkler Removal Tool and started STI Tools Inc. The tool allows people with limited mobility to repair sprinklers.
The product is sold internationally for both residential and commercial use.
The award ceremony was held Wednesday at the Cole Community Center in Canyon. The event was hosted by the West Texas A&M University Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Administration and the Canyon Noon Lions Club of which Sanders is a member.
Sanders, a Navy veteran, first visited WT’s development center in October 2012, said SBDC Senior Business Consultant Rick Palmer.
″(Sanders) is an accomplished inventor, problem-solver and business inspiration,” Palmer said. “If you ever met James, you would be inspired and amazed at his abilities and accomplishments.
“James Sanders is a combination of hard work, intelligence, insight and inspiration who channeled all of those qualities into a phenomenal tool that he patented, manufactures and sells all over the world. If you give him a challenge, he overcomes it in a minute or two and then looks for the next opportunity.”