Detroit Executives Association honors Jones

The Detroit Executives Association will honor Focus: HOPE CEO William F. Jones, Jr. as its 2013 “Executive of the Year” at a luncheon Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), 241 Madison Ave., Detroit.

This marks the 32nd year that the Association has honored a business and community leader with the award, according to President Chris Ignolia. “Since taking the reins at Focus: HOPE in 2009, William Jones has broadened and expanded its community services, continuing the organization’s importance in Detroit,” Ignolia said. “We chose William as 2013 Executive of the Year because of the commitment and nourishment he and Focus: HOPE provide to the minds, bodies and souls of the Detroit community.”

Focus: HOPE continues to be an integral player in supporting residents of Detroit and the metropolitan area through job training, a food program, and community development initiatives. Under Jones’ direction, Focus: HOPE has expanded education and job training opportunities for the unemployed or underemployed. Importantly, Jones has placed a high priority on education and, in particular, academic achievement and opportunities for children growing up in the neighborhoods around Focus: HOPE.

The annual Executive of the Year Award is presented to a business or community leader who exhibits exceptional leadership and devotion to the betterment of the Detroit area.

Past “Executive of the Year” honorees have included Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, Compuware Corp. CEO Peter Karmanos, DTE Energy CEO Anthony Earley and ePrize CEO Josh Linker.


The November 7 luncheon will take place from 11:30 am-1:30 pm in the DAC’s main dining room. Tickets, ranging in price from $50 for one, $320 for a table of eight and $400 for a table of 10, can be obtained by contacting June Cox at 226-783-1565 or

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About the Detroit Executives Association

The Detroit Executives Association, founded in 1926, is comprised of business owners and principal decision makers in and around the Detroit metropolitan area. The association was built on the premise that members will work together to promote not only their own business, but each member’s business, as well, through the exchange of leads at weekly meetings, held at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Even as business climates change, the Detroit Executives Association remains a vital force in helping its members develop extensive customer bases, cultivate their businesses, and enhance their bottom line. For more information, including how to become a member, please visit


Jones became Chief Executive Officer at Focus: HOPE in 2009 after an extensive career with Chrysler and Chrysler Financial. He is the fourth CEO in Focus: HOPE’s 45-year history. Jones is an active participant in many Detroit area organizations serving on the Focus: HOPE Board of Directors, Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chamber, Walsh College, Forgotten Harvest and Eastern Market. Additionally, he is member of the Governor’s Talent Investment Board.