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About John T. Jones

The Innovative, Bow Tie-Wearing Marketing Leader

John T. Jones headshot optJohn T. Jones, originally from Sterling Heights, Michigan, calls Grand Rapids, Michigan home after moving there in 2009 to attend Aquinas College. John graduated from Aquinas in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a dual major in business administration and communication.

In January 2011, in the middle of his junior year, John began working on Amway’s North American Digital Marketing team, where he stayed for nearly two years until he accepted a digital marketing position at Family Christian Stores. In May 2014, John was recruited for the digital marketing and communications manager position at USA Financial and was later promoted to marketing director in September 2019.

A lifelong learner, John graduated with his MBA from Grand Valley State University in spring 2021. In September 2021, after seven and a half years in the financial services industry, John transitioned into the software industry, accepting the digital and content marketing manager position at MFGS, Inc. In December 2022, he was promoted to marketing director.

In March 2024, John accepted a product marketing manager position at Egnyte, an international, California-based software company. At Egnyte, he leads the international marketing strategy for the financial services vertical. Throughout his career, he has provided business and marketing consulting through his private company, Penguin Creative Services, to for-profits and non-profits, ranging in size from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

John’s professional expertise focuses on but is not limited to, collaborative and empowerment leadership, business management and strategy, problem-solving, process creation and improvement, leveraging technology to meet business needs, digital marketing, and lead generation. He has been published in Investment News, Think Advisor, Wealth Management, and other publications. In October 2023, he was awarded the GAINer award from Government Marketing University for the most innovative and effective lead generation campaign in government marketing.

Outside of the office, John keeps busy volunteering, including as president of Friends of The Opera, board member of Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (MONCA), on-air talent with PBS, and a docent of the Frank Lloyd Wright Meyer May House. Previous board roles include trustee and treasurer of Opera Grand Rapids, president of GVSU's Graduate Student Association, secretary of Friends of the Opera, secretary of the Chalfonte Foundation, and marketing committee member of the University Club of Grand Rapids.

When not volunteering, you’ll find John spending time with his husband, Nick, and their two dogs, visiting family and friends, entertaining, playing the piano and organ, attending classical music and opera performances, traveling, cooking, gardening, fencing (en garde, not pickets), and enjoying a good pot of tea.