Award Recipient

Judy Jones
Judith A. Jones
2014 Spirit of Women in Business Award Recipient

Judith Jones was the first woman to graduate from Kent State University College of Business Administration's MBA program and is this year's honoree of the Spirit of Women in Business Award.

After graduating from Kent State in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in finance, Judy went to work for Goodyear Aerospace Corporation in Akron, Ohio, as a market researcher.

Ms. Jones returned to Kent State to earn her Master's in Business Administration, graduating in 1964.  In 1965, she joined Cleveland Trust, which eventually merged with Key Bank Corporation as an administrative assistant. Ms. Jones worked her way up the corporate ladder, taking advantage of opportunities as they presented themselves, taking her career in many different turns.

After being promoted to a security analyst, she then became a portfolio manager for employee benefit accounts. From there, Ms. Jones managed not-for-profit accounts and eventually became manager of the Charitable Division, which handled more than $2 billion in assets. Her largest account responsibility was The Cleveland Foundation.  In 1999, Ms. Jones retired as Senior Managing Director of Society Asset Management, a division of Key Asset Management.

Ms. Jones believes in continuing education, earning the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1973 and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. Ms. Jones served as president of the Cleveland Society of Security Analysts from 1982 to 1983 and served as a panelist for the Los Angeles Times Annual Investment Strategies Conference in May 1999. She also enjoyed participating in Wall Street Journal's Dartboard Contest.

Ms. Jones currently resides in Florida with her husband, Harry. She spends her time boating and playing tennis, and is also the division secretary and treasurer of Lee County Women's Tennis League. Ms. Jones and her husband often take extended boat trips, taking along their cat, KeyPurr, and dog, Casey.  They have traveled to the Bahamas and to the Chesapeake.

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