VeloCity September 2021


During Fred Jones’ early years, he opened several Ford dealerships in Oklahoma City. In the decades that followed, he became one of the most successful Ford dealers in the world and an auto parts manufacturing pioneer.

JONES / HALL FAMILY HAS BROUGHT 100 YEARS OF ECONOMIC GROWTH, CIVIC LEADERSHIP AND PHILANTHROPY TO OKLAHOMA CITY Hall Capital is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a family-owned company headquartered in Oklahoma City. Beginning with founder Fred Jones and now continued through his grandsons – Fred, Boots and Kirk Hall – the company has been an economic force in Oklahoma City for a century, as well as a civic beacon and philanthropic benefactor. “Our centennial is a momentous milestone for Hall Capital ,” said Fred Jones Hall , chairman & CEO of Hall Capital. “My grandparents – Fred and Mary Eddy Jones – started something we are honored to continue. Our family is grateful for the opportunity to have created jobs in this community, but we were also taught to serve. My brothers and I truly want to leave this city better than we found it , and we continue to also be grateful for the opportunities we have to give back .” In 1916, Fred Jones stepped off a train in downtown Oklahoma City. He soon became the first man to punch the clock at the brand-new Ford Model T Assembly Plant in west downtown. On May 1, 1920, he embarked upon his first entrepreneurial enterprise, joining the ownership of the Blackwell , Okla. , Ford dealership. He added a second dealership in Tonkawa, sold both in 1922

Fred Jones, Founder Hall Capital

and opened his first dealership in Oklahoma City that same year. In the decades that followed, Fred Jones became one of the most successful Ford dealers in the world, selling hundreds of thousands of cars. He also became a pioneer in the remanufacturing of auto parts and an early supporter of the aerospace industry. Fred and his wife, Mary Eddy, emerged as leading citizens of Oklahoma City, supporting every civic endeavor as their own. Fred would serve as chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and play a key role securing Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. Mary Eddy supported countless causes, most notably in the arts. Fred would be inducted into the nation’s Automotive Hall of Fame, and both were inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Beginning in the 1980s, Mary Eddy and daughter Marylin guided the passing of the torch to a new

generation. Fred, Boots and Kirk Hall followed the business and civic trails blazed by their grandparents. Under their leadership, and with Fred as CEO, the company increased overall sales from $200 million to $1 billion and their employee count to more than 2,000. Between 1998 and 2000, the company sold the auto dealerships and remanufacturing interests, opening the door to new entrepreneurial opportunities. Over the next 20 years, the company – now known as Hall Capital – would establish itself as a national player in real estate and automotive investment. Meanwhile, the Hall brothers would continue a family legacy of service, supporting the community in countless

ways, through civic leadership roles (including Fred’s chairmanship of the Chamber), and philanthropy ( led by the work of the Fred Jones Family Foundation). Due to the pandemic, the company’s centennial celebration has stretched into 2021. Commemorations include the placing of a statue of Fred Jones near the former Model T Assembly Plant (now 21c Museum Hotel), a book about the company and family by Dr. Bob Blackburn and David Holt called “Here We Go!” and the commissioning of a painting by Greg Burns of the Lake Hefner view from Hall Capital’s East Wharf headquarters.



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