- Independent Director
- Compensation Committee Member
Dr. Eli Jones rejoined the Company as a Class III director in December 2020. Since June 2021, Dr. Jones has served as a marketing professor and endowed chair at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. From July 2015 through May 2021, Dr. Jones served as the Dean of the Mays Business School. Dr. Jones has served as a member of the board of directors of First Financial Bankshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIN) since January 2022. He has also served on the board of trustees of the Invesco family of funds since 2016, and served on their Governance Committee from 2016 until 2021. Dr. Jones was also a director of the Company from 2004 through June 2016. Before joining the Mays Business School, from 2012, he was the Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and holder of the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair in Business. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas, he was Dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business and Ourso Distinguished Professor of Business at Louisiana State University (LSU) from 2008 to 2012; and Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston from 2007 to 2008, where he also was an Associate Professor of Marketing from 2002 to 2007; and an assistant professor from 1997 until 2002. He taught at Texas A&M University for several years before joining the faculty of the University of Houston. Dr. Jones served as the executive director of the Program for Excellence in Selling and the founding director of the Sales Excellence Institute at the University of Houston from 1997 to 2007. Before becoming a professor, he worked in sales and sales management for three Fortune 100 companies: Quaker Oats, Nabisco and Frito-Lay. Dr. Jones has also published three books and approximately 50 research articles in leading peer-reviewed academic journals in sales and sales management. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 1982, his MBA in 1986, and his Ph.D. in 1997, all from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Jones brings to the Board significant experience and cutting-edge knowledge and expertise. He is considered a “sales scientist” in that he conducts and publishes cutting-edge research in sales, sales management, marketing strategy, leadership and customer relationship management based on data from organizations world-wide, which are areas critical to the Company. Dr. Jones is able to draw upon his research to provide the Board knowledge with respect to the Insperity sales force. Dr. Jones’ prior service as Dean of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University; Dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business and Ourso Distinguished Professor of Business at LSU, Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and holder of the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair in Business, demonstrate his leadership and broad-based business acumen.