Jayne Simmons is an American business owner and entrepreneur. She is the owner of the Southern Illinois Miners professional baseball team and President of AltonWorks, a development and social impact company in Alton, IL. Jayne manages her family’s business interests, investments and was active in the creation and operation of the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy.
Jayne was part of the original investment group that purchased Alton Steel, Inc. Her involvement in the project helped bring more than 300 jobs to Alton. She, and her husband John, recently sold Alton Steel to the employees after it became a growing and profitable steel company.
As the owner of the Southern Illinois Miners, Jayne brought baseball back to Southern Illinois in the summer of 2007. Jayne over saw the building of the Miners state-of-the-art home facility, Rent One Park, which was constructed for the team’s inaugural season. That year, the Frontier League had a record number of fans come through the gates.
Under Jayne’s leadership, the Miners led the Frontier League in attendance each of the franchise’s first four seasons. The team was named “Frontier League Organization of the Year” three times (2007, 2009 and 2010) and captured the franchise’s first Frontier League Championship after the 2012 season.
Jayne is active in a variety of community organizations and not-for-profit charities. She grew up in Roxana, Illinois. She attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and achieved a degree in business management from St. Leo University in Florida.
Jayne currently lives in Alton with John, their four children and grandchildren.