09 FEB 2017: Phillip Jones, president and CEO of VisitDallas, was awarded the prestigious Human Relations Award by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA). This signature award is given each year to an exemplary civic, business or religious leader who has made a measurable difference serving the community with distinction and impact.

“I am honored to be recognized as the 2017 recipient of the Human Relations Award. At VisitDallas, we work to attract visitors from all over the world,” Jones said.

“Dallas is a city that celebrates its diversity, cultures, religions, neighborhoods, cuisines and lifestyles, and we’re proud to promote the welcoming nature of our city.”

The IMA, led by Dallas-area ministers, is a faith-based service organization which exists to improve, enhance and maintain quality of life for underserved communities by promoting uplift initiatives.

Each year IMA recognizes community leaders for their exemplary service in fields ranging from education, philanthropy, clergy, civic and social services, healthcare and business.

In executing the theme of the 52nd Annual IMA Human Relations Banquet – “Unity Matters: Connecting First Responders, Residents in Serving and Uplifting Community” – the interfaith group has connected those who wear the uniform with those charged with attracting visitors to Dallas.

“This is a deliberate and proactive effort in showing Dallas, the nation, and the world that we are better together,” said IMA President Rev. Stephen C. Nash, Sr.



Pictured above left to right: IMA President Rev. Stephen C. Nash, Sr.; Dallas Area Rapid Transit Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Carol Wise; Phillip Jones; and IMA Banquet Chairman Rev. David Wilson.


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