PGi - Executive of the Year - Computer Software

IBA12 Gold Stevie WinnerCompany: PGi, Atlanta, GA USA
Company Description: PGi - the Meetings Experts PGi's products harness the power of video, web and audio conferencing enhanced with social networking and media sharing that replicate the way people naturally interact. Over the last 5 years, PGi has connected 600 million people in over 140 million meetings. Today, PGi serve over 30,000 customers worldwide and 75% of the Fortune™ 100.
Nomination Category: Management Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Executive of the Year - Computer Software

Nomination Title: Boland Jones, CEO

Tell the story about what this nominee achieved (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:

Founding and leading a company for 20 years.
Employing 1,700 people.
Executing a successful IPO. Generating more than $400 million in revenue during each of the previous seven years.
Expanding operations to six continents.
Not to mention raising three kids with his wife.

Most people would be content to call that a successful career. Boland instead chose 2011 as the year to reinvent his company.

Boland Jones founded PGi in 1991 as a pure play audio conferencing company and has since transformed it into a company that enables businesses to drive productivity and improve collaboration with richer, higher value online meeting solutions. 2011 was a year of great change and tremendous success for PGi.

In 2011, PGi launched two new virtual meeting solutions that would position the company for future growth – iMeet and GlobalMeet.
This wasn’t a fly-by-night decision. Nearly three years earlier, Boland recognized a huge void in the market for intuitive, accessible meeting solutions that generated more meaningful and productive meetings. Backboned by PGi’s global IP network infrastructure, PGi’s development team set out to specifically design iMeet and GlobalMeet to be the simplest to use, most personal, most mobile virtual meeting solutions on the market. This “always available”, easy-to-use strategy was the same that Boland brought to the audio conferencing world when PGi pioneered automated audio conferencing.

Since their launch in early 2011, Boland’s next-generation collaboration solutions have captured the attention of the market, including technology writers and early adopters, as well as the analyst community and the mainstream media. 2011 saw iMeet win the People’s Choice Stevie Award for best new computer service and Inc. magazine called iMeet the best low-cost video conferencing solution available. The analyst community recently moved PGi into to Visionaries quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing and Frost & Sullivan award the company the 2011 Product Line Strategy of the Year Award for the leadership team’s vision and innovation with iMeet and GlobalMeet.

Accolades aside, these products have also played a critical role in the financial success of PGi in 2011. To date, PGi has generated trials, early implementations and sales to more than 1,000 enterprise customers, including some of the world’s leading companies that are looking for a better way to meet. More than 70,000 people have joined the iMeet community and over 35,000 individuals are hosting better, more productive meetings worldwide with GlobalMeet.

These achievements, stemming from Boland’s leadership, made 2011 a banner year for PGi. And, more importantly, the shift in direction has laid the foundation for PGi’s next 20 years.

Provide a brief (up to 100 words) biography about this nominee:

In the mid-1980s, Boland Jones started his first company – American Network Exchange – which provided the first alternatives to the AT&T operator service. Boland foresaw a future in business communications applications and founded PGi in 1991. Today, PGi serves over 35,000 customers worldwide and 75% of the Fortune 100. Believing in the power of innovation to make life easier, Boland stands by the value of dreaming big ideas into realities that shape the future and help companies do better business. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children and is an avid supporter of a variety of charitable efforts.