Jon Ewing: Leadership Jackson unlocks the ‘treasure of Jackson’
By: Jackson Chamber on Dec 29, 2015
Jon Ewing, 2016 Leadership Jackson Chairman
Ewing calls Leadership Jackson “an awakening,” an opportunity to discover the community and find your niche on how to give back.
“You can’t fathom that Leadership Jackson can really be as good as everyone says,” said Ewing, vice chairman of the 2015 class and incoming chairman of the 2016 class. “It’s an awakening. It opened my eyes to different aspects of Jackson and the community; more importantly, it highlighted opportunities to serve and give back.”
From the moment the class bonds on a ropes course at its first retreat to graduation day, the message is clear, said Ewing.
“Each person has a unique way to serve the city, and more can be accomplished when everyone works together. Many discover the treasure of Jackson and find their niche of service.”
Over the last three years, Ewing has watched Leadership Jackson participants have epiphanies about their life and their role in the future of Jackson.
During his participation as a member of Leadership Jackson’s Class of 2014, Ewing was most impacted by the day focused on law enforcement. The class was put into situations that a police officer frequently encounters.
“I gained a better sympathy for what they have to go through, but I was really scared,” said Ewing. “I think that crime and the persona of what law enforcement is not doing has been sensationalized. Our police department is proactive and forward-thinking.”
Ewing grew up in a small town in Arkansas. He ran track at Harding University for four years and earned his bachelor’s degree in science and biology. After graduation, he went to work for a healthcare services consultation firm and was promoted to director when he was only 24.
“They asked me how old I was, and I said, ‘Old enough to do this job,’” said Ewing.
Ewing went to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital to be the director of environmental services and was later promoted to regional operations director to consult for six hospitals. He became the chief operating officer at the Woman’s Clinic in 2008.
Ewing also obtained his MBA from Union University and has taught classes in medical ethics and human resources at Union as an adjunct professor.
Ewing serves on the executive committee of the American Heart Association. He is the education director at North Jackson Church of Christ and a fitness instructor for the Gold’s Gym warrior class that meets at 4:45 a.m. Ewing has a passion for wellness, and it is his mission to see people overcome their fears and personal challenges.
Every year, Ewing joins a group who cycle from Memphis to Florida in five days to raise money for cancer patients. Last year, they raised more than $200,000.
Several years ago, Ewing also took up acting after his daughter tried out for the main role in Annie at the Nite Lite Theatre in Trenton. Ewing was cast as the dog catcher who takes away Annie’s dog. More recently, he was cast as the lead in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and took voice lessons for three months to prepare for the part. His favorite part about acting, however, is the opportunity to spend more time with his daughter.
In January, Ewing and the Leadership Jackson team will begin getting the curriculum, speakers and other logistics ready for the next Leadership Jackson class next fall.
“I have enjoyed so much being a part of the Leadership Jackson team this year alongside Angie Lowery,” said Ewing. “She has an innate sense of wisdom and understanding of the dynamics of leadership, and I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor, friend and leadership partner. I am so excited about next year.”