Boland Jones was born and raised in the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Born into a family of nine, Boland has four sisters and two brothers. From an early age, Boland began working at his father’s dry cleaning business working the counter or cleaning the machines. By age 14, he began cutting grass and at 16, learned how to resurface pavement and started repaving people’s driveways. He attended college at Miami University of Ohio where he earned a degree in finance in 1982. In the mid-1980s, Jones started his first company, American Network Exchange (AMNEX). AMNEX sold calling cards, which Jones developed, to help military personnel connect with their loved ones. The cards allowed users to bill pay phone calls to their home phones or credit cards. Jones sold AMNEX in 1990.
In 1991, Jones moved to Atlanta and founded a new company, Premiere Technologies, Inc., which enabled users to retrieve voice messages, make conference calls and send and receive faxes. This business would eventually become Premiere Global Services, Inc., now known as PGi. Jones successfully took the company public on NASDAQ in 1996 and on the NYSE as well shortly thereafter. Currently, Jones remains active as PGi’s Founder, Chairman and CEO and has grown PGi into a successful virtual meetings company, where he spearheaded development of PGi’s latest two virtual meeting solutions, iMeet and GlobalMeet. Beyond his work at PGi, Boland has helped fund and launch more than 100 companies.