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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Calamari
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Be The Best.

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1948
Birth Location:
Newark, Ohio

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Calamari
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Be The Best.

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1948
Birth Location:
Newark
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Biography

Insurance executive Gregory Wayne Jones was born December 29, 1948 in Newark, Ohio to Newark natives, Mildred Jean Weaver Jones and Gordon Lewis Jones. One of his ancestors built the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Newark in 1841 and many were pioneers at Wilberforce University. He attended Woodside Elementary School, Central Junior High School, and graduated from Newark High School in 1967. Jones joined State Farm in 1968. In 1975, Jones earned his B.A. degree in business from Franklin University and his M.A. degree in 1981 from Hood College. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School and has earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

Following a number of promotions, Jones was appointed division manager of State Farm Insurance’s Pennsylvania Region in 1983; executive assistant to the President’s Office in 1985; deputy regional vice president in the Northern California Region in 1998; and regional vice president in the South Coast Region in 1993. He became vice president of California and president of State Farm General Company in 1998 and was appointed senior vice president in California for State Farm Mutual Insurance Companies and president and CEO of State Farm General Insurance Company in 2001. Jones is the first African American president and CEO in State Farm Insurance’s history. Jones serves on the board of directors of State Farm General Insurance Company.

Before he was 25 years old, Jones started an NAACP branch, was chairman of a $2 million community action agency, and hosted a community service radio program. He is the founder of 100 Black Men of Sonoma County, California and has served on the national board of directors of 100 Black Men. He is a chairman of the board of the Los Angeles Urban League, the California Education for Excellence Foundation, the Los Angeles Sports Council, and Operation Hope. Jones is past chairman of Junior Achievement of Southern California and is a member of the board of trustees of Franklin University and the National Urban League. Jones was a recipient of Empowerment Achievement Award in 1995; Dollars and Sense Magazine’s Corporate Trailblazer Award in 1998; and was the 2000 honoree of the Insurance Industry Charitable Fund.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Gregory Wayne Jones' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gregory Wayne Jones lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his maternal family's roots in Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his mother's childhood and college education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gregory Wayne Jones shares life lessons from his parents and grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gregory Wayne Jones recalls his uncle's reaction to a racial slur
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gregory Wayne Jones recounts childhood incidents of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes housing discrimination in Newark, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gregory Wayne Jones recalls attending Trinity A.M.E. Church in Newark, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes the sports he played at Newark High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his high school education and favorite teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his high school and college experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gregory Wayne Jones recalls marrying his wife and the birth of his oldest son
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gregory Wayne Jones recalls pursuing a position with State Farm in Frederick, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gregory Wayne Jones recalls being rejected by State Farm and returning to college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his mentor, State Farm executive Charles Snyder
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gregory Wayne Jones details his promotions at State Farm
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gregory Wayne Jones talks about his work ethic
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gregory Wayne Jones recalls State Farm's attempts at diversity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes State Farm's minority recruitment program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his responsibilities as CEO of State Farm General Insurance Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes the impact of State Farm's minority intern program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes the racial climate at State Farm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his commitment to State Farm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his hope and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes his work with the Achievement Matters program and 100 Black Men
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gregory Wayne Jones reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Gregory Wayne Jones reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Gregory Wayne Jones recounts finding his great-grandfather's grave, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Gregory Wayne Jones recounts finding his great-grandfather's grave, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gregory Wayne Jones describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gregory Wayne Jones narrates his photographs