Recent appointments, promotions, new hires and awards.

Ramon Jones, Chief Marketing Officer
Jones, who has been with Nationwide for 19 years, will succeed Terrance Williams, who announced that he is leaving in November. In his new role, Jones will be responsible for Nationwide’s brand and marketing strategy, advertising, creative services, social media and corporate communications. At the same time, Chief Strategy Officer Mike Mahaffey will have expanded responsibilities focused on driving innovation-related initiatives.

Shannon Hardin, President, joins National League of Cities 2020 Presidential Task Force
Hardin joins 33 elected officials from across the country looking to find solutions for cities, towns and villages on the national election stage.

Now employee-owned
The national landscape architecture firm created an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The ESOP benefit is funded entirely by company contributions and requires no out-of-pocket investment by employees.

Kenny McDonald, elected chair of the International Economic Development Council
The IEDC’s mission is to help economic developers do their jobs more effectively and to raise the profile of the profession. It provides information on best practices and trends, professional development, networking opportunities and more. It has more than 5,000 members from communities around the world.