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
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."