Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - by Merritt Jenkins, Lee University
Lee University alum Taylor Jones was named the 2021 School of Business Department Alumnus of the Year award recipient.
After graduating from Lee in 2010 with a degree in accounting and business administration, Mr. Jones has remained involved with Lee’s School of Business. He has served on the School of Business BAC (Business Advisory Council) for several years, been a guest lecturer in classes, and participated in a panel of young entrepreneurs at a previous Homecoming event.
“Taylor is a combination of keen intellect, visionary thinking, and determination, but I believe the most significant attribute is his perspective that his company is an extension of ministry and Kingdom work,” said Dr. Dewayne Thompson, dean of the School of Business.
Mr. Jones began a career in IT consulting in 2003, while he was still in high school. He currently serves in formal advisory board and mentoring roles for a number of agencies and startups. He has served on the Board of Directors at Chattanooga Area Foodbank and the advisory board for United Way of Chattanooga.
He also co-founded and serves as CEO for Whiteboard along with Eric Brown, his former Lee roommate. Whiteboard is a full-service digital creative agency offering comprehensive branding, platform, and digital marketing services to clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100. It is a multi-international award winner for various projects and has served more than 350 clients, including NCR, Chick-fil-A, Google, and Airbus.
Mr. Jones and Mr. Brown are also in the early stages of co-authoring a book about the principles of “agency.”
“My personal mission is to help visionary leaders build the courage and clarity necessary to accomplish their mission, whatever it may be,” said Mr. Jones. “So many good ideas - and good people - never see the light of day because people don't have enough encouragement and belief surrounding them, and my goal is to help them find it.”
The award was announced at a reception held during Lee’s Homecoming, and Mr. Jones was later recognized, along with the other award winners, at the Homecoming game.