Evansville, Ind. – A special press conference was hosted today by the City of Evansville in honor of Bob Jones, who retires today after 14 years as the CEO of Old National Bank.
McGary Jones Visionary & Humanitarian Award
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke first proclaimed Jones as the recipient and namesake of the inaugural McGary Jones Visionary & Humanitarian Award. This award, named for both the City of Evansville’s founder, Hugh McGary, Jr. and Bob Jones, was established to honor special citizens who offer distinguished service for the advancement of the city and region.
“These two leaders epitomize the importance of creating and executing a strong community vision, while simultaneously supporting all of Evansville’s citizens in the most humanitarian manner,” said Mayor Winnecke.
New Street Name – “Bob Jones Way”
The award announcement was followed by the Mayor’s unveiling of a new street sign – “Bob Jones Way.” A section of Walnut Street in front of the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences is being renamed in Jones’ honor.
“Bob was instrumental in forging business and community partnerships and bringing this state-of-the-art educational facility to downtown Evansville. So it is only fitting that this street be named in his honor,” said Mayor Winnecke.
The Mayor’s announcements were followed by remarks by Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “I’m very pleased to say that Bob – and ONB – have also been a champion for the entire Hoosier state,” she said. “Under Bob’s leadership, Old National has truly become Indiana’s bank. From Lafayette, Michiana and Fort Wayne to our great capital city of Indianapolis, Old National is there strengthening the community and helping businesses grow and thrive. Thank you, Bob, for that commitment to our great state.”