United Way of Erie County has announced that James “Jim” B. Ohrn is the 2017 Tocqueville Award recipient. The award will be presented to him during United Way’s Leadership Recognition Reception sponsored by Northwest Bank and the William M. and Frances Schuster Fund at The Erie Community Foundation on Tuesday, June 20 at The Warner Theatre.
This prestigious award recognizes outstanding volunteer service to our community through personal leadership and long-time commitment. The award dinner brings together Tocqueville Society (donors of $10,000+ annually), Leadership Giving Society ($1,000+ annually) and Young Leaders Society ($500+ annually and under the age of 45) members, along with past award recipients and guests of the honoree to pay tribute to the recipient of United Way’s highest honor.
Jim’s entire career has been the embodiment of sustained volunteerism for the benefit of others. Jim has generously donated his time, talent and expertise in countless ways to improve lives and make Erie County a better place to live. A native of Corry, PA, Jim is a 1972 graduate of Grove City College, and in 1974 he earned an MS degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force from 1974 to 1976. He received his Certified Public Accountant designation in 1976 in Pennsylvania, and he has been a tireless worker in community activities.
Jim has been a volunteer for many organizations over his career, beginning with his service in our nation’s armed forces. For United Way alone, Jim has volunteered for more than 15 years in various roles, including past chair of United Way’s Board of Directors, Financial Reviewer, Board of Corporators, Community Investment Committee, Campaign Cabinet, Governance Committee, Executive Review and Compensation Committee, Audit Committee and the Love2Read Endowment Steering Committee.
Jim has served or is presently serving on the boards of many additional nonprofit organizations, including Hospice of Metropolitan Erie, Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System (ACES), Presbyterian Homes of the Presbytery of Lake Erie and UPMC Corporators. He has served or is currently serving these organizations as Chairman of the Board. He also serves on the Financial Advisory Committee of Erie’s Public Schools, the Free Enterprise Zone Revolving Loan Fund Board, the Budget & Finance Committee of the Presbyterian Senior Care of Pittsburgh and the Council of Regents of Eagles Nest Leadership Corporation. Jim has been active in his church governing board and currently serves as Treasurer.
In honor of his lifelong commitment to advancing the common good in our region, United Way of Erie County is proud to present the 2017 Tocqueville Award to James B. Ohrn.