Robyn Jones, 38, president of ReferLocal LLC, has learned just as many lessons from her business successes as she’s had from her failures — and she believes it’s important to share that knowledge with her employees.
After graduating from American University, Jones decided to stay in Washington, D.C. and find a career in her field — communications. The position she was hired for at Washington Hospital Center was exactly what she was looking for, and she loved every minute of it. Then, in 2004, her sister passed away. “Being faced with not only the completely devastating loss but also an enormous void, it did not take long to realize that moving back to the Wilkes-Barre area to be closer to my family was what I needed,” she said
Her current job responsibilities include working hand in hand with Mohegan Sun Pocono marketing and executive teams, creative oversight of IT and design, recognizing eCommerce trends and establishing close community relationships to foster the company’s newest venture, RL VIP — The Black Card Program.
Her mentor is Dr. Douglas Ayers. “He is an absolutely brilliant man with an unparalleled love for animals, compassion for the earth and a business intuition that will leave the organizations he influences light years ahead of their time,” she said.
In addition, her husband Kris Jones, a successful entrepreneur, has taught her a great deal about business. “I am amazed at how flawlessly he runs multiple companies while always putting his family first.” she said. “My husband’s dedication inspires me to grow.”
Her parents have also been a great source of support and she admits she would not be where she is without them. “They support, encourage and love me unconditionally.” she said.
She joked that her favorite part of her day is at 10 p.m. when her house quiets and she can finally control the TV. Jones has three children — Kris Jr, Lauren and Jackson who along with her husband, mean the world to her. Three bulldogs and a cat are also part of their family, and they act like and are treated more like children than pets.
Jones was a member of the Pa. Women for Hillary Leadership Council; a recipient of the 2014 Volunteers of America Philanthropist of the Year award; and past member of the board of directors for the Red Cross of Luzerne County, the Volunteers of America board of directors and board chairperson; and is currently a Millennium Circle member of the Luzerne Foundation.