So Reg Hall of Fame Award

Our Hall of Fame has been established to recognize outstanding Southern Region communicators whose work over the years has brought credit to IABC, the profession, their organization(s), clients and communities, and whose contributions have raised the standards of professional communications in the IABC Southern Region.

The IABC Southern Region Hall of Fame Award is a lifetime achievement award and is the highest honor the IABC Southern Region bestows on an individual. If you know someone deserving of this honor, please nominate them!

Call for Nominations – Jul. 15, 2021

Nomination Deadline – Aug. 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST

Notification of Finalists – Sept. 1, 2021

Awarded at IABC Southern Region Conference Award Ceremony

Selection Committee will be the Southern Region Board

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So Reg Hall of Fame Inductees

David S. Jones, ABC | 2020

David JonesThroughout his 45 years with the Texas A&M University Real Estate Center (the Center), David Jones was eager to learn and to innovate the Center’s communications programs, which he leads. By focusing on all six of the IABC Global Standard principles (ethics, strategy, analysis, context, engagement, and consistency), Jones is able to lead his organization to the highest level of excellence. This is evident by the numerous Quill awards of all levels displayed in the Center’s trophy case.

As IABC celebrates its 50th Anniversary, it is important to know Jones was a member before it was IABC. He was a member of the International Council of Industrial Editors (ICIE) that merged with the American Association of Industrial Editors (AAIE) to form IABC in 1970. In addition, he served as a dedicated volunteer at the chapter level for many years. In fact, he was present at the founding of the Brazos Valley IABC chapter in 1981. He was also a member of the IABC Dallas chapter, which named him Editor of the Year. In 1974, Jones was one of the first IABC members to achieve the Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) designation.

Jones is always willing to help, whether it is judging a quill award or mentoring a young professional. Not only does he offer to mentor young professionals, but also genuinely seeks to learn from them in return. This is also evident of his staff since they value his interest in their opinions as much as they rely on his counsel and advice. His greatest asset is his ability to generate new ideas, but an even greater asset is to understand a good idea can come from anyone.

He is not one to settle for being a follower but instead is willing to take chances and explore creative territory, which has resulted in some of the Center’s most successful, innovative, and enduring publications and products.

Jones is a graduate of Texas A&M University and served time in the U.S. Army. Beyond work and IABC, he is also involved in his church, the Boy Scouts, and the College Station Noon Lions Club.

David is a member of Brazos Valley IABC. Connect with David on LinkedIn.

JOHN G. CLEMONS, MS, ABC, APR, IABC FELLOW | 2016

John G. ClemonsJohn G. Clemons is a senior communication leader, internal communications advisor and solutionist, writer and speaker. He was most recently Director of Global Employee Communications for Newell Brands.

He has held senior management roles for Walmart in culture, diversity and inclusion, global ethics and compliance, and global internal communications. His responsibilities included the creation, implementation and measurement of key communication initiatives including executive speechwriting, video programs, branding, employee resource group programming support and communications, and strategic internal and external communication and engagement programs and initiatives. Less than two years after joining Walmart, he received two IABC Southern Region Silver Quill Awards of Excellence for his work in internal communications and employee engagement.

Clemons served 10 years as a director of global communications at Raytheon Company. His global communication functions included executive counsel and messaging, organizational communication, internal branding, human resources and marketing communications support, Intranet content development and management, special events, community relations, international industry show management, PR/media relations and public affairs. His work for Raytheon received awards from both IABC and PRSA.

He founded Clemons Communication, a strategic communication consulting company. Prior to the launch of his consultancy, John was the vice president of internal communications for Nextel Communications, Inc., director of internal communications for Ameritech, and vice president of internal communications for Marriott.

As vice president for communications at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a public policy research institution in Washington D.C., John led a team in editing and producing several books, white papers, newsletters and annual reports, plus directed all PR/media relations, internal communications and public information services.

He received his BS degree in news journalism and MS in communication management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He began his career as a general assignment reporter for The Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey and associate editor for Black Enterprise business magazine.

Clemons has been an active IABC member for more than 25 years, holding such leadership roles as interim executive director, International Executive Board (IEB) chair and chief volunteer officer, IEB and IABC Foundation Board member for six years, Multiculturalism Committee member, and local chapter officer. Most recently he served as the chair of the association’s Editorial Committee, leading a team of global volunteers in the review and enhancement of IABC’s editorial content and processes.

John is a member of IABC Charlotte. Connect with John on LinkedIn.

WILMA MATHEWS, ABC, IABC FELLOW | 2014

Wilma MatthewsWilma Mathews, ABC, IABC Fellow, has served as chair of the IABC Ethics Committee and Accreditation Council, and twice was a member of the IABC International Executive Board (IEB). She is a Gold Quill winner for media relations and writing. She is a member of the Rowan University PR Hall of Fame. She has spoken before numerous professional, civic, government and academic audiences in the U.S., Canada, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand, India, China, Malaysia and Australia.

Matthews is co-author of On Deadline: Managing Media Relations (1st–5th editions), author of Effective Media Relations: A Practical Guide for Communicators, principal contributor to How to Get Results with Publicity and author of How to Create a Media Relations Program. She has published dozens of articles in communication and business media.

She has worked with hundreds of executives on improving their relationships with the media and refining their presentation styles with audiences from employees to analysts, and conducts media relations and communications management seminars and counsels organizations on strategic and media relations planning.

Matthews served as Director of Constituent Relations at Arizona State University and Faculty Associate at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at ASU. “Teaching is what I do best and love the most,” Wilma says. She has taught students and professional communicators for more than 30 years on many aspects of communication including media relations, writing, editing and planning. Noted for her practical approach to these topics, she receives the highest ratings from the seniors and graduate students who take her class at ASU.

Wilma is an avid mystery, biography and history reader. She enjoys travel and is the consummate tourist, tramping through zoos and old houses with equal aplomb. Among her greatest adventures is being attacked by a one-armed gibbon at an elephant camp in Thailand.

Wilma is a member of IABC Phoenix. Connect with Wilma on LinkedIn.