“Jon has been a strong, guiding presence
and thoughtful leader for the Platt,” said Mark
Peterson, Executive Director for both the J. Wood
Platt and Golf Association of Philadelphia. “His
long-range thinking has provided the Trust with
a platform to be successful into the future. He
always kept J. Wood Platt’s mantra to ‘Give them
all a chance’ at the forefront in leading the Trust.
We owe him a debt of gratitude for his work.”
Warner joined the Platt in 2007 and was
named Vice Chair in 2009. He replaced Jack
Endicott as Chairman in 2015. He is the ninth
Chairman in Trust history and the first to repre-
sent Aronimink Golf Club, Merion Golf Club and
Saucon Valley Country Club, in that position,
where he holds memberships. He first learned
about the Platt in 2000 while serving on Saucon
Valley’s Golf & Green Committee. Being a former
caddie himself, he was named Saucon Valley’s
Platt Director. His fervor for the Scholarship grew
as his knowledge of the Trust expanded.
The golf gene has been with Warner from
the start. Great-great grandfather Alden Young
founded the Pine Orchard Golf & Yacht Club
in Branford, Conn. in 1901, overlooking Long
Island Sound. Great-grandfather Milton Jones
Warner donated funds to build the Yale University Golf Course in the 1920s.
Grandfather Milton Pierpont Warner– with
whom Jon shares a middle name – was a
member of the Yale University golf team and a
talented player, winning the prestigious Men’s
North & South Amateur Championship in 1932.
Pierpont moved to the Lehigh Valley after graduation to work at the Nazareth Cement Company,
owned by his entrepreneurial father. He joined
Saucon Valley Country Club (1935), where he
became club champion in 1936. The Warner
name has been on the Saucon membership
roster ever since. Jon’s father Cameron Duncan
Warner joined Saucon Valley in 1968. Jon and
brother Andrew became members in 1988.
Andy served as Saucon Valley’s 12th president.
Jon’s older brother Cameron has been a
Merion member for three decades.
“As you can see, golf has been in my family
lineage for generations,” said Warner. He carries
a 12 handicap and has had three holes-in-one.
The most recent was in 2017 at Merion (East)
with Platt Evans Scholar Stephen Arechabala
on his bag. “Celebrating with Stephen, who
is such a gentleman, is a memory I will relish
forever,” said Warner. “I appreciate what golf
and the club setting offers from the standpoint
of community. It’s a place to make friends, learn
how to follow rules plus enhance empathy and
respect for others. It’s a place where I learned,
first as a caddie, about grace and becoming a
gentleman. That is my type of environment.”
Before finding a successful career in em-
ployee benefits administration, brokerage and
consulting, Warner graduated from Middlebury
College (Middlebury, Vt.). His original career
aspiration was to become an educator. This is
how he manages his insurance business activ-
ities. Warner is a firm believer in education. His
companies help employers design and admin-
ister employee benefit plans including pre-tax
programs such as Flexible Spending Accounts
and Health Savings Accounts. A complex and
ever-changing profession, Warner is known for
being a subject matter expert, having authored
a few books, plus maintaining a blog on health
care and insurance in America.
For the past five years, Warner served on
Aronimink’s Membership Committee. He is
retiring from that role and Platt in 2018, while
his voluntary duties will continue as Chairman
of Sacred Heart Academy in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
while also serving as a board trustee for the Good
Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, Pa.
Though his Platt board days are over, his
impact will linger for quite a while.
“The Trust will continue its mission granting
young men and women with a passion for golf
and financial need, an opportunity to earn a
college education,” said Warner. “We’ve proven
in our great country that intellectual potential
and professional success are not tied to the
economic reality of our youth. It’s tied to drive
and a willingness to work hard, learn and
sacrifice. That is what great caddies do and the
Trust allows them a chance to make a differ-
ence with their lives and the lives of others.”
J. Wood Platt and Jon Warner probably would
have been good friends back in the day. m
JONATHAN WARNER [CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16]
“I HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED AS BEING OPEN TO
CHANGE WHILE RESPECTING THE VALUES, HISTORY
AND MISSION OF THE TRUST.”
Warner with Platt Evans Scholar
Stephen Arechabala after making
his third lifetime hole-in-one at
Merion Golf Club.