The pressure to succeed in life and overcome obstacles is what led Vicksburg native Alan Jones to create a construction company and a better future for himself.
Jones grew up in a single parent household after his father died at a young age. As a adolescent, he struggled to find inspiration while trying to figure out his passion in life.
“Life was more challenging but not hard,” Jones said. He knew that to become successful, he would have to lean on those close to him.
Jones looked at the lives of his grandparents, Laura and Roosevelt Jones, who always taught him to finish what he started. He always relied on them for good advice.
His mother, Mary Jones, was also very influential in his decisions. Jones watched how his mother raised him by herself, while putting herself through school.
“My mother always taught me that it is important to get things done, no matter how long it takes,” Jones said.
By 2015, Jones was enrolled at Hinds Community College where he earned a career certificate in 2016, an industrial maintenance technology certificate in 2017, and in 2018 he graduated with a degree in electrical technology.
Jones Construction opened in December 2017, and today the company has a staff of 10 people concentrating on a variety of customer needs.
”We work on plumbing, drywall, roofing, framing, heavy and light maintenance work, “Jones said. “We basically do it all.”
The company has worked on many projects in apartments, homes and commercial buildings.
Jones plans one day to leave the company to his children, and hopes his legacy to be an example to young kids who struggle to find their way.
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