Alumni & Friends
Ben Jones, who is a 1996 graduate of Westminster College, has been named to the 40 Under Forty List of the best young upcoming leaders of the Kansas City area by Ingram's magazine in its new April issue.
Jones is Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad.
Based in Kansas City, Jones is responsible for community relations, state government relations, public partnerships and philanthropic programs for the company in Missouri and Kansas.
In his interview with Ingram's, Jones cites his Westminster education and the influence of Sir Winston Churchill, who delivered his monumental "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster as critical to his career path.
Jones worked on staffs and campaigns of several Missouri elected officials, including service as Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, before assuming his current position in December 2007.
In Ingram's, he references the Churchill quote: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
For the past 15 years, Ingram's magazine has published this annual list of young leaders selected because of their leadership within their organizations, their contributions to a healthier, more vibrant regional economy and their service to non-profit boards and commissions.
"Leadership has always been a key criterion for selection in Ingram's 40 Under Forty," says Joe Sweeney, Editor-In-Chief and Publisher of Ingram's. "The program recognizes these individuals not just for their superior business achievement, but for going above and beyond to improve the wider community."
Jones is Chairman of the Missouri Railroad Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Missouri Hawthorn Foundation, CHARACTERplus and the United Way of Greater Kansas City.
In 2013, he was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) to be a delegate representing the United States and Union Pacific on an international educational exchange to Argentina and Uruguay.
Jones also holds a master of arts degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has completed Harvard University's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA.
He lives in Liberty, MO, and enjoys spending quality time with his wife Susan and two boys, Roger and Warren.
"At the end of the day, I hope to set the best example possible for my two boys," says Jones. "I want them to grow up and understand the importance of getting an education and actively seeking additional opportunities for personal growth. I want them to be able to follow the principles of the Churchill quote I learned in college."