Hillsborough foundation hires coffee house founder as president
The new head of the nonprofit Hillsborough Education Foundation is Barnie Philip “Phil” Jones, whose unlikely claim to fame is a coffee shop chain that bears his name.
Jones, 64, is the founder of Orlando-based Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company, which he grew into a $60 million, 125 store retail chain at its height, according to the foundation. Over the years his ownership position has changed several times, and in 2010 he stepped down as chief executive officer.
The foundation, however, said it was attracted by Jones’s significant experience with non-profit organizations. He chaired the Central Florida YMCA and is a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity International. He has experience as a college chaplain, and his degrees are in both education and the ministry. Jones, his wife and his children are products of the central Florida public schools.
The education foundation raises more than $5 million a year to supplement the work of the Hillsborough school district. Its activities include a mentoring program, a supply drive for low-income schools, and the annual Excellence in Education awards, including Teacher of the Year.