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ROBERT H. JONES
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Triple J Group

"There are so many things that I want to do," says Robert H. Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Triple J Group. "Yet when I breathe my last breath I hope I still want to accomplish something else. That's a big part of life for me, to continue to have goals." These are exactly the kind of words you would expect to hear from a man who has been called a mentor by many of his employees at Triple J Enterprises. "We're all chasing Bob Jones," says son-in-law, Dan Murrell. "He's an amazing guy, so dynamic, endless energy."

Inducted into the Guam Business Hall of Fame by the Guam Chamber of Commerce in 2001, Jones has earned his place in Guam's history. In the last 20 years, he has built The Triple J Group from a small automotive dealership to an international corporation that has consistently ranked higher and higher in the Deloitte & Touch/Guam Business Top 50 Companies in Micronesia, and in the top 10 for the past six years. "This man has seemingly endless enthusiasm and a drive to expand and improve Triple J," says Stephen Grantham, chief financial officer at Triple J. "He is always on the lookout for new opportunities, and is prepared to wait years for these to come to fruition."

Jones is the first to say he loves what he does. "I like to build operations into thriving businesses and turn them over to managers to operate," he says, "Then I like to do it all over again, all within the group's long-term business strategy." Jones developed his business stratagem working for J&G Enterprises for 24 years before starting his own thriving company. "Bob Jones is truly a visionary in business," says Jim Herbert, general manager of Triple J Five Star Wholesale Foods Guam. "His wealth of knowledge and experience is the backbone of Triple J's success. It is a real privilege to be able to learn from and work so closely with him."

The main influence and learning experience, Jones says, "Was the great learning experience from my brother, Ken, who brought me and my family to Guam in 1960. Ken and I, and brothers Mack and Bill worked together for 24 years in Jones & Guerrero Co." However, the Jones boys were working together long before then. "I was born on a tobacco farm in North Carolina. I started working when I was six years old as the water boy, making several trips daily supporting the thirst of my brothers and sisters who were working in the tobacco fields. That was my first job," he says. "Then I made a terrible mistake at the age of 8 when I asked my brother Bill to teach me how to milk the two cows we had. Then it was me milking two cows twice daily. That was my second job."

Jones came to Guam in 1952 with his parents to help Ken with a construction project. He attended George Washington High School in 9th and 10th grades, where he made friendships that have lasted for decades. "Eddie Calvo and I sat across the aisle from each other in Mrs. Rosario's math class. He and his brothers and the Jones family have always been great friends and business associates," he says.

Following his graduation in 1960 from King's Business College in Raleigh, N.C., with a degree in accounting and business management, Jones returned to Guam. "I graduated in accounting, as I knew how very important it is for a successful businessman to have a good working knowledge of balance sheets and profit and loss statements," Jones says. "My first job was in accounting for Jones & Guerrero for three years before I began developing and managing Pay-Less Markets."

Jones became executive vice president and chief operating officer of Jones & Guerrero Inc. In 1983, he was named Executive of the Year by Guam Business News. He has served as vice president of the Guam Jaycees, and as president and director of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. He created the chamber's Donations for Work Program, which enabled non-profit organizations to donate their manpower to one of the Chamber's community projects in order to receive a monetary donation.

Jones is extremely involved in tourism and promoting Guam. He has served as director, vice chairman, and chairman of the board of the Guam Visitors Bureau. In 2000, Jones was named one of the most influential people in tourism. The Triple J Group is well known for its commitment to the community through its support of organizations like the Red Cross, American Cancer Society, KGTF, and other worthwhile causes. Jones has a great personal devotion to the Boy Scouts of America, which he has served as executive vice president of the Aloha Council Hawaii/Guam for 30 years. Jones has been honored with both the Silver Beaver and Antelope Awards for his extensive contributions to Boy Scouting in the Guam-Micronesia area.

Jones also coached the Eagles Youth football team for many years, and enjoys working with youngsters. His children's memories are filled with active family outings, particularly trail bike riding. "My favorite hobby is snow skiing, but I don't get to do it as much as I would like," he says. "It's not a great hobby to look forward to in retirement. After you have the time, you don't have enough energy. Maybe I'll look for a less strenuous hobby in the future."

Jones is a man of faith, in God, family, and business, and he encourages his employees to keep their priorities in order. Noel Taisacan, former director of human resources says, "I've learned many great things from Mr. Jones, not only in the business sense, but also in day-to-day living. He is one of the greatest professors I've ever had."

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