Tuesday, November 8, 2022 – 11:09 am | Author: from Arnold
Jonathan Jones, CEO of private equity firm Jones Capital, has been selected by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Business and Economic Development as a 2022 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Board of Directors.
Jones will be officially recognized at a luncheon in November. 17 At the Trent Lott National Center on the USM Hattiesburg campus. Those planning to attend please reply via this link: https://usmforms.formstack.com/forms/eoty
As CEO of the firm, Jones’ guidance, philosophy and values drive Jones Capital’s culture and strategy. He joined the company in 2003 after earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi. Jones went from assistant financial controller to CEO, where he helped build a broader vision for the company’s future.
Under his leadership, Jones Capital has become more acquirer and now includes a broad range of middle market operating companies and direct real estate investments. Jones Capital is headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Houston, Texas.
Jones used a baseball analogy to describe the company’s impressive trajectory.
“I am honored to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the University of Southern Mississippi,” said Jones, a native of Sandy Hook, Mississippi. “At Jones, we try to hit a single every day”. Our company seems to be growing rapidly, when in fact we are only growing disciplined by a small amount each day, thankfully seeing many “singles” doubling or even tripling. Receiving this award is a testament to the tenacity of my team. “
PhD. Bret Becton, dean of the USM School of Business and Economic Development, noted that the school began recognizing outstanding entrepreneurs more than 20 years ago, embracing entrepreneurship as an academic endeavor and providing students and faculty with real-life “doing things right” Entrepreneurship” example approach. “
“Jonathan embodies every criterion we use to select our winners,” Beckton said. “He possesses an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit, strategic thinking and passionate vision, impactful and impressive track record of success, unwavering commitment to innovation and unquestionable integrity. I would like to congratulate Jonathan Jones on this award A well-deserved honor and thank him for letting us recognize his achievements.”
Jones Capital started out as a family business with a simple mission: to help communities, provide jobs and improve lives. Today, Jones fulfills this mission by being a growth-oriented, value-adding capital partner to businesses and management teams that share common values and a vision for long-term, sustainable growth that empowers all stakeholders—customers, Communities, Employees and Shareholders.
Among his many awards and accolades, Jones was named a Top 40 under 40 by Mississippi Business Journal in 2009; a Top 50 Mississippi State by MBJ in 2019, and Ernst & Young’s 2016 Diversity and Industrial Products Company of the Year Family.
Jones is currently one of five members selected to serve on the executive team of the Governor’s Economic Recovery Council. The group works with other business leaders to advise governors. Tate Reeves on how to revive the state after COVID-19.
Jones and his wife Paula have two children – Jules (8) and Thomas (4).
The annual entrepreneurial event is sponsored by the late Joseph Boardman Jr., a 1953 Miss Southern graduate majoring in marketing. A past president of the Miss Southern Alumni Association and a past member of the USM Foundation Council, Boardman also served on the Harrison County Development Committee for 18 years.