Sean Eberhart is the son of Deanie and the late John Eberhart. Sean Eberhart was born in Shelby County and is a life-long resident of the county. Sean attended the former Marion Elementary School and is a 1984 graduate of Shelbyville High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10% of his class.
After high school, Sean enrolled at Purdue University in West Lafayette and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1988. After graduation, he worked for Overhead Door Corporation in Shelbyville as an industrial engineer and then as a manufacturing department manager. In 1991, Sean began work with Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis as an industrial engineer and then as a quality engineer. While at Roche Diagnostics, Sean enrolled at Indiana University and received a Master of Business degree (MBA) in 1996.
After receiving his MBA, Sean decided to pursue the dream of owning his own business and started Advantage Tool Rental, a rental and sales company, located in Shelbyville. After nine years in the public sector, Sean left Roche Diagnostics in 1997 and began to work full-time at the business.
Advantage Tool Rental is a local successful small business. Sean built the company from the ground up and currently serves as President. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business including all accounting functions, strategic planning, and customer relations. The company was originally located in a small building in an industrial park on Elston Drive. Due to the success of the business, Sean relocated the company in 1999 to its current location at the corner of Michigan Road and Progress Road in Shelbyville. Advantage Tool Rental has grown from two employees to now employing nine local residents and has expanded its offering of products and services over the years. This year, Sean and Advantage Tool Rental are celebrating their 10th year in business.
In 1989, Sean married Rebecca Harker, a daughter of Phillip and Sharron Harker. Rebecca graduated from Waldron High School and Purdue University, where she received a Bachelor of Education degree. After graduation, Rebecca taught at Waldron Elementary School and is currently a teacher for Morning Star Preschool located in Hope. Rebecca also works part-time for Advantage Tool Rental.
Sean and Rebecca reside just outside Shelbyville and have three children. Nathan (15) is a freshman at Shelbyville High School and participates in soccer and band. Nicholas (13) is an eighth grader at Shelbyville Middle School and participates in football and band, and Danielle (7) is a second grader at Loper Elementary and loves animals. All three children are active in soccer with the Blue River Soccer Association in Shelbyville. Sean has served as a volunteer soccer coach the past eight years, coaching at least one of his children each of those years. Sean and Rebecca are actively involved with their children’s schools and volunteer countless hours.
Sean and his family have attended the Hope Moravian Church in Bartholomew County for over 17 years. Sean has served as an Associate Trustee. Rebecca teaches Sunday school, serves as director of the children’s choir, and, along with Nathan, participates in the bell choir. Rebecca also directs the annual Christmas Pageant for the church.
In 1994, Sean’s father John was the first Republican elected from the 2nd District to the Shelby County Council. Sean and his family helped on John’s campaign and his interest in public service was born. Unfortunately, John died in 1996 and was unable to finish his term on the County Council. Sean wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and decided to run for a seat on the Shelby County Council.
In 1998, Sean was elected to his first term on the Shelby County Council in the 4th District. He was re-elected in 2002 and is currently serving in his eighth year as the 4th District councilman. Sean is currently serving as president for the fourth consecutive year. During his tenure, Sean and the County Council have made great strides in fiscal control and responsibility, resulting in a sizable cash balance at the end of 2005. Shelby County has gone from deficit spending to a balanced budget for three consecutive years since Sean was first selected as president. At the same time, the County Council has maintained a stable, and practically zero growth, county tax rate. He reshaped and has led the $18M budget process the past four years, working to ensure county departments are accountable and that public monies are spent efficiently.
During his service on the Shelby County Council, Sean has worked closely with each of the county departments and has developed good working relationships with all of them. The County Council has evolved into a more effective, efficient, and open body of government. Sean has also been instrumental in Shelby County’s role with economic development and the improvement of the quality of life in the county.
Sean is a past president, and current member, of the Shelbyville Rotary Club. He serves on the Shelby County Senior Services Advisory Board, the Shelby County Extension Advisory Board, and the Fiber Optic Appointing Board. Sean previously served on the Shelbyville Shelby County Animal Shelter, the Shelby County Health Department, and the Hospital Appointing Board.