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MARCH 2018

2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee: Peter Jones

Peter Jones HOF

Peter Jones (ACG '77)
President (Ret.), Franklin Templeton Distributors Inc. and
Chairman (Ret.), Franklin Templeton Institutional Inc.

Peter Jones achieved significant success in his career and has given back to Florida State University in numerous and generous ways. He is widely respected for his integrity and his collaborative approach.

Jones was president of Franklin Templeton Distributors Inc., and chairman of Franklin Templeton Institutional Inc., overseeing sales and distribution in the United States and Canada, until he retired in 2015. He started with Templeton Mutual Funds in 1989 as the company's first salesperson.

When Franklin and Templeton merged in 1992, assets under management were approximately $66 billion and grew to nearly $900 billion by the time Jones retired. Jones was an active leader in the industry, serving as chairman of the Investment Company Institute Sales and Marketing Committee from 2008 to 2012 and vice chairman of the Mutual Fund Education Alliance from 2006 to 2008.

Jones started his career with Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers or PwC), working in its audit and tax departments from 1977 to 1984. He made a career change in 1984 to start the IDEX Mutual Funds, now part of Transamerica Funds.

Jones has served on several charity boards including the Boys and Girls Club of America, Boy Scouts of America, Florida Orchestra and Copperhead Charities, Inc., host of the Valspar Championship (PGA Tour). He chaired Copperhead Charities from 2008 to 2009 and remains on the board today.

He also is very involved with Florida State. He has been a trustee on the FSU Foundation since 2011, serving on the Executive Committee and chairing the Investment Committee. He also serves on the board of the Student Investment Fund in the College of Business. He is a lifetime member of the FSU Alumni Association and a member of the FSU Presidents Club, the Doak Campbell Society, Edward Conradi Society and the Robert Strozier Society.

He also is a popular adjunct professor, teaching finance classes at FSU’s student center in Valencia, Spain.


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