“Jekyll Island—an Enterprising Model for State Property Operations”
C. Jones Hooks has more than 30 years of experience in managing multifaceted organizations. His background includes working extensively in the public and private sectors, on local, state, national and international levels.
Originally from Metter, Georgia, Hooks’ Georgia roots run deep. After completing undergraduate work at the University of Georgia in 1975, Hooks earned his MBA at the George Washington University. After completion of his graduate work, Hooks assumed a full time position on Capitol Hill with Congressman Ronald “Bo” Ginn (D-GA deceased).
In 1981, Hooks was named Director of the Kings Bay Impact Coordinating Committee (KBICC), established by Congress to assist communities in Camden County, Georgia and Nassau County, Florida in preparing for and mitigating impacts created by construction of the Navy’s Trident Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Georgia.
After six years at Kings Bay, Hooks was recruited to lead the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. After successful management of that organization, Hooks was chosen by local leaders to head the Albany Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
In 1997, Hooks moved to Atlanta to work in the Strategic Relocation and Expansion Services group of KPMG. At KPMG , Hooks spent months on special assignment with the Yamacraw Mission, a state-funded, highly confidential project focused on building a high tech economy in Georgia.
Beginning in August of 1999, Hooks served as President/CEO of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA) headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. HREDA is a public/private regional partnership representing 15 jurisdictions and 1.5 million people from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach.
Since June 2008, Hooks has served as Executive Director of the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA). The Authority is responsible for the stewardship of Jekyll Island, a barrier island off Georgia’s coast. The JIA is also responsible for providing services, programs and amenities that maximize benefits to island visitors and residents.