“Lessons in Entrepreneurial Leadership”
In the mid 1980s, Boland Jones started his first company, American Network Exchange (AMNEX), which provided the first alternatives to the AT&T operator service. Jones foresaw the promising future of business communications applications and founded Premiere Global Services (PGi) in 1991. After 28 years in business, PGi now serves 90% of the Fortune 500. With customers around the globe in nearly every industry, PGi has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of America’s 200 Best Small Companies and received the Growth Excellence of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan in 2008. PGi has been included in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing Solutions and was recognized in 2009 by the Product Development & Management Association as an Outstanding Corporate Innovator of the Year.
In addition to maintaining his role as Chairman of the PGi Board, Jones has been involved with several public company boards, spending time with WebMD, HowStuffWorks and HowStuffWorks International. Jones currently serves on the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Business Advisory Council at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business.
Jones supports a different kind of leadership approach, and his unique management style has earned many accolades; he was named Georgia’s #5 Top Performing CEO in 2008 by the Atlanta Business Journal and identified as Entrepreneur of the Year of the Southwest Region by Ernst & Young. Believing in the power of innovation to make life easier, more efficient and more cost-effective, Jones stands by the value of dreaming big ideas into realities that shape the future and help companies do better business. Beyond his work at PGi, Jones has helped start, fund and launch more than 100 companies, even creating a unit of PGi that seeds new businesses.
Jones received his BS from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is an avid golfer and tennis player, and lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children, where his philanthropic interests focus on local schools, his family church and the historic Alliance Theater. He is also the founder of the Boland T. Jones Foundation, which concentrates funding on breast cancer and childhood cancer research.