BMI Board Member Phil Jones Remembers Frances Williams Preston

Posted in News on June 15, 2012 by

I must start out by letting you all know that I loved this woman. Lynnsay, my wife, always knew and was okay with it — it was our own little “ménage a trois.”

But let me tell you what it was that made me feel this way for Frances.

She was a remarkable woman in a man’s world.

It’s been said, “Whatever women do in business they must do twice as well as men.” Fortunately, for Frances this was easy.

Frances was multi-dimensional: a woman, a lady, a girl, a gal, and, yes, a BABE.

Using these and other skills led to a remarkable business story:

  1. Frances understood and coined the expression, “It all begins with a song”.
  2. BMI exploded in relevance and size under her leadership.
  3. She developed her team thru loyalty and family.
  4. She embraced and encouraged change.
  5. She took BMI to the forefront in music internationally.

This woman in a man’s world was not just a pioneer for women in leadership, but really an example for all leadership.

She nurtured children, employees and even the board.

Frances was eternally youthful even though she worked 24/7.

What were the characteristics that made this woman in a man’s world so successful?

  1. Loyalty
  2. Grace
  3. Strength
  4. Insight
  5. Vision
  6. Competitiveness
  7. Tenacity
  8. Energy
  9. Made everyone feel special
  10. Charity
  11. Charm

These traits and others led to her creating an incredible life, a great company and a wonderful legacy.

She may be gone but her legend will live on.

And I’m proud and grateful THAT I WAS A MAN IN THIS WOMAN’S WORLD!!!

Phil Jones is a member of the BMI Board of Directors and served as its Chairman from 1998 through 2000.