John E. Jones
John Jones Automotive Group, John Jones Police Pursuit Vehicles
“I push myself every day to be better than the day before.”
Boards, volunteer or community work:
Board Member Our Southern Indiana Regional Development Authority, Reserve Officer with local County Sheriff’s Departments.
In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?
I would like to see all the local Municipalities working together towards the one goal of making our region a more desirable area where our young people would want to live and work. To reach this goal, we have to have a trained and motivated work force working with this goal in mind. I would like to see more small community parks and recreation areas in Southern Indiana; places where families can go and enjoy their time together.
Also, I think people would be amazed at the number of residents who do not have access to broadband internet service; that is very important for every resident to have access.
Who or what motivates you?
My family, my employees and my business. In order for them to be successful, I push myself every day to be better than the day before. I want to see everyone do well for themselves, and if they succeed then I have succeeded.
What habits/routines have helped with your success?
Staying highly organized every day. I try to answer every single email, phone call and clear my desk before I go home each night – even if that means going home for dinner and then coming back into the office later. I want to be ready for whatever challenge I might have the next day. Little issues tend to always become bigger issues. It’s always easier to solve small problems instead of larger ones that are out of control.
What pushes you through your most difficult times?
The responsibility of running my business.
What are you most proud of professionally?
The growth of my business over 35 years. I started with 15 employees selling about 20 vehicles a month in one location. Now, John Jones Automotive Group has over 200 employees, six locations in Southern Indiana and averages 400 sold vehicles per month. We are always growing, and that is definitely something I’m proud of.