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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Private Equity Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Popcorn
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
The Struggle Continues.

Birthplace

Born:
1/23/1947

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Private Equity Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Popcorn
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
The Struggle Continues.

Birthplace

Born:
1/23/1947
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Biography

Founder of Syncom, Inc., Terry L. Jones graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. At Trinity, Jones founded the school’s first black student organization. Upon completing college, Jones worked as an electrical engineer for Westinghouse Aerospace and Litton Industries. He later returned to school where he earned his M.S. degree in computer science and biomedical engineering from George Washington University. In 1972, Jones obtained his M.B.A from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and became the co-founder and vice president of Kiambere Savings and Loan in Nairobi, Kenya. During his time in Nairobi Kenya he served as lecturer at the University of Nairobi. In 1977, he returned to the United States to join Syncom Inc. as Vice President.

Over the years Syncom has been responsible for investments made in companies such as Black Entertainment Television (BET), Radio One, TV One, Buenavision Inc. and the District Cable Incorporated. In 1990, Jones became the President of Syndicated Communications, Inc. and Syncom Capital Corporation. He has served as Vice Chairman and Executive Officer of Citi Group Global Investment Management and Citi Group Asset Management. In 1993, he was the Vice President of Finance and Planning Chief Financial Officer of TIAA-CREF. Since then he has worked as Vice Chairman and Executive Officer at Citi Group Global Investment Management and Citi Group Asset Management. He has also worked as the director of Cyber Digital Inc., Iridium Communications and Fox Entertainment Group.

Jones has served as a member of the board of Directors for a number of Syncom Portfolio companies and other corporations such as Weather Decisions Inc., V-me Media, Delta Capital Corporation and the Southern African Enterprise Development Fund. He has also served on the board of directors for Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Phillip Morris Companies, Inc. and the Howard University Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation Institute. He has joined the board of trustees for Cornell University and Spelman College. He is the recipient of the New America Alliance Award of Excellence.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Terry Jones lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Terry Jones talks about his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Terry Jones describes his mother's childhood in Hiawatha, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Terry Jones talks about his paternal family history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Terry Jones talks about his paternal family history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Terry Jones describes race relations in Kansas versus race relations in Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Terry Jones describes his father's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Terry Jones describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Terry Jones describes his parent's personalities and considers which parent he takes after the most
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Terry Jones lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Terry Jones describes his earliest childhood memories in Hiawatha, Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Terry Jones explains his family's migration to Omaha, Nebraska and back into Hiawatha, Kansas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Terry Jones describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Hiawatha, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Terry Jones describes his childhood community in Hiawatha, Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Terry Jones describes his experience in Hiawatha Elementary School in Hiawatha, Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Terry Jones talks about the impact of the Supreme Court's 1954 ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education on Kansas City schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Terry Jones explains his family's migration to Omaha, Nebraska and back into Hiawatha, Kansas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Terry Jones talks about developing an early interest in engineering
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Terry Jones talks about playing the clarinet
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Terry Jones explains why he chose to be an engineer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Terry Jones describes his extracurricular activities at Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Terry Jones describes his childhood mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Terry Jones talks about influential teachers at Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri, including Dr. Jeremiah Cameron
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Terry Jones describes his summer jobs growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Terry Jones talks about the African American business community in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Terry Jones explains what inspired him to become an engineer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Terry Jones talks about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Terry Jones talks about applying to college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Terry Jones talks about East Coast elite academic culture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Terry Jones describes his experience as an undergraduate student at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Terry Jones describes his experience as an undergraduate student at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Terry Jones talks about the Trinity College black student organization, the Trinity Coalition of Blacks (T.C.B.)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Terry Jones talks about his involvement in campus protests at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Terry Jones talks about his involvement in protests at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Terry Jones talks about national political unrest in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Terry Jones talks about his post-graduation jobs in engineering
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Terry Jones talks about applying to Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Terry Jones talks about the curriculum and faculty at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Terry Jones talks about the African American Student Union alumni weekends at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Terry Jones talks about pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities in Kenya after graduating from Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Terry Jones describes his experience in Kenya
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Terry Jones describes meeting his wife, Marcella Jones
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Terry Jones describes planning a family and long-term goals with his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Terry Jones talks about his return from Kenya to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Terry Jones talks about his work with the Booker T. Washington foundation and the Federal Communications Commission tax certificate program for minorities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Terry Jones explains venture capitalism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Terry Jones talks about venture capital available to African American entrepreneurs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Terry Jones explains HistoryMaker Herbert P. Wilkins, Sr.'s departure from the Urban National Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Terry Jones talks about the Federal Communications Commission's Minority Tax Certificate Program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Terry Jones describes connecting with HistoryMaker Herbert P. Wilkins, Sr. and accepting a job at Syncom Venture Partners
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Terry Jones explains why he was interested in media entrepreneurship and Syncom Venture Partners
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Terry Jones talks about Radio One and HistoryMaker Cathy Hughes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Terry Jones talks about how he contributed to the success of HistoryMaker Cathy Hughes' station, Radio One
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Terry Jones talks about investing in BET, Black Entertainment Television
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Terry Jones talks about investing in Latino and African American telecommunications companies
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Terry Jones talks about encouraging cities to diversify cable television ownership
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Terry Jones talks about the success of cable in inner city neighborhoods
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Terry Jones talks about Syncom Venture Partners' financing of WorldSpace, Inc., pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Terry Jones talks about Syncom Venture Partners' financing of WorldSpace, Inc., pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Terry Jones talks about the sale of WorldSpace, Inc.'s rights to XM satellite radio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Terry Jones talks about the sale of WorldSpace, Inc.'s rights to XM satellite radio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Terry Jones talks about the economic component of the movement for racial justice
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Terry Jones talks about the success of black businessmen Robert L. Johnson and Reginald F. Lewis
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Terry Jones talks about the Glass-Steagall Act
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Terry Jones talks about the Iridium Satellite Company's technology and flaws in its original business plan
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Terry Jones talks about the purchase of Iridium Satellite LLC from Motorola
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Terry Jones describes making Iridium Satellite into a successful company
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Terry Jones talks about the success of TV One
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Terry Jones talks about investing in NuvoTV
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Terry Jones talks about how the internet has affected media and communications
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Terry Jones describes the impact of the economic crash of 2008 on venture capitalism
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Terry Jones talks about people of color becoming the majority in the United States population
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Terry Jones considers the profitability in media platforms for communities of color
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Terry Jones talks about the low number of minority entrepreneurs financed by Silicon Valley venture capitals
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Terry Jones talks about the Federal Communications Commission's auctioning off of portions of the broadband spectrum
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Terry Jones talks about the budget priorities of the federal government
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Terry Jones describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Terry Jones reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Terry Jones talks about his three daughters
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Terry Jones talks about his volunteer activities
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Terry Jones considers what he might have done differently
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Terry Jones talks about his recreational activities
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Terry Jones describes how he would like to be remembered