McClaskey Excellence Institute Vice President David M. Jones Receives Ned R. McWherter Leadership Award

Jones recognized for outstanding leadership in the pursuit of performance excellence

KINGSPORT, Tenn., March 2020 — David M. Jones, vice president of McClaskey Excellence Institute, has received the 2020 Ned R. McWherter Leadership Award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. In a ceremony held February 27, 2020 at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, Tennessee, Jones was honored for his dedication to helping organizations achieve 100 percent operations excellence.

The Ned R. McWherter Leadership Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership in the pursuit of performance excellence and has helped improve performance beyond the boundaries of their organization. Award winners embody the core values of the TNCPE and the Baldrige Excellence Framework. Award nominations are solicited from TNCPE members, and recipients are selected by the executive committee and confirmed by the full board of directors.

Jones has more than 25 years of hands-on experience with the Baldrige Framework at the state and national level. He has also served as an internal Baldrige and performance excellence consultant with a large, multi-facility regional health care system.

“It’s an honor to receive the McWherter Leadership Award and be recognized for my work. I get to help leaders from around the globe achieve better performance!” said Jones. “I’m excited to continue inspiring, enabling, and supporting organizations of all kinds and all sizes to improve their results and reach their goals.”

As vice president of McClaskey Excellence Institute, Jones shares proven techniques to help leaders think and act differently regarding their operations. Jones has more than 35 years of experience as an instructor, consultant, and executive coach for a wide variety of industries. Through the course of his career, he has served as an engineer and manager with world-renowned companies such as Texas Instruments and Siemens.

In 2007, Jones co-founded Edamar, Inc., an award-winning educational products company providing K-12 science classrooms with innovative, hands-on teaching tools. He has been an adjunct instructor in both the College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University and the MBA program at Milligan College, and currently serves as an instructor for the American Society for Quality.