Ron Jones retired in 2004 as chairman of Sealy, Inc., where he had also served as president and chief executive officer. Jones led the company to unparalleled growth after joining it in 1996, reversing the company’s declining market share and eventually achieving annual consolidated sales of over $1.2 billion. He retired at the completion of a highly successful buyout of Sealy stock.
Jones and his wife Linda have established a family foundation that has made major contributions to the High Point Regional Health System in North Carolina and is a principal benefactor of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Ron Jones serves on the Mayo Clinic Leadership Council. The foundation has created and supported the Jones “STAR” (acronym for Show Thanks and Give Recognition) Nursing Award Program, which subsidizes an annual retreat for up to fifteen direct-patient care nurses each year. The foundation has also granted over fifty scholarships for students training in the performing arts, the teaching profession, and business. It provided support for the Greensboro (North Carolina) Symphony through annual contributions and through a chair endowed in Linda’s name for the Distinguished Performing Guest Artist in Piano. After the couple’s initial visit to MIM, shortly after its opening, they joined the Founders group as major donors to the museum. Ron Jones currently serves as a member of MIM’s advisory board.