Gary Jones: A Hardwood Education
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
ANTIOCH — Gary Jones’ professional account is a model example of “do what you know,” which, in his case, was hardwood flooring. “In high school, I had a friend whose father owned a floor covering business and I started working for him during the summers,” he remembers. “After graduating, I didn’t have any set plans, so I decided to continue in the flooring trade. I trained for quite a few years and stuck with it. Eventually, after 25 years in the industry, I made the move to start my own business.”
Today, as owner of Jones Floor Designs, Gary says his favorite part of his job is seeing the final product. “I enjoy transforming a floor that’s in poor condition into something that looks great. It’s very fulfilling to see the results of my work and know the homeowner is going to love it as well.”
A lifelong resident of Northern California, Gary currently resides in Antioch with his wife, Heidi. “I moved to the Bay Area from Southern California when I was 15,” he remembers. “I spent my young adult years in Clayton, which was a nice, country setting. In general, I like this part of the Bay Area because it’s less urban than other areas.”
Outside of work, Gary likes to spend as much time as possible outside. “I’m an outdoors kind of person, and I enjoy dirt biking, boating and camping,” he affirms. “I’ve been riding dirt bikes since I was nine years old, and it’s still one of my favorite activities.” Additionally, Gary enjoys spending time with his five grown children. “The kids all have their own lives now, so we don’t see them as much as we’d like to, but we manage to get together fairly regularly.”
In regard to a professional philosophy, Gary espouses the importance of reliability. “I pride myself on being a man of my word,” he says. “When I say I’m going to be at the jobsite at a certain time, I’m there as promised. Ultimately, it’s about keeping customers happy, and following up my word with my actions is an important part of that.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Gary says he’d warm up the RV. “I would definitely travel—that’s something I haven’t had much time for since I started my business. Heidi and I bought an RV a few years back and we’ve been eager to put some mileage on it, so maybe we’d take a road trip across the country.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Black Bear Diner in Oakley.
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “Gold Rush.”
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Decorative eggs.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Thanksgiving—it’s a time for the whole family to get together.
Q: What’s your favorite kind of music?
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