Carol Jones - Excellence in Business
In 1983, Jones founded Carol Jones Realtors, and soon developed the company into a respected market leader offering more than 400 agents. Jones retired in late 2008, but still holds an active real estate license and serves as a consultant to the company. Over the years, Jones has served as a board member for a variety of organizations in the area, including Union Planters Bank (now Hawthorn Bank), Drury University's Breech School of Business, the Burrell Mental Health Center Foundation, the Kitchen, Inc., the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Springfield Girl's Club. She has also served as chairman of the Missouri Housing Development Commission, is a past president of the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors, and is a founding board member for the OTC Foundation. Additionally, she donated the two buildings that make up the Family Violence Center in Springfield, and provided significant funding for the Carol Jones Recovery Center for Women, a drug and alcohol treatment center. Among other honors, Jones has been named Broker/Realtor of the Year by the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors, the Missourian of the Year, and the Philanthropist of the Year, and has been awarded a position in the Greater Ozarks Business Hall of Fame.