Not many people can say they love their jobs after more than three decades of work, but Brian Jones is one of those people.
Jones began working in his family’s business, Admiral Pest Control, when he was 10 years old, doing odd jobs after school and during the summer.
After graduating from high school, Jones began working full-time at Admiral.
“I started off at the company about as low as a guy could start,” he said. “I worked cleaning up around the shop, then filling up sand bags for our fumigations, then worked my way up to being able to go in the field with our guys.”
Today, nearly 34 years later, he is president and works alongside several of his family members – keeping the Admiral legacy going.
“I have always enjoyed working with my family – it has brought me a lot of joy over the years,” he said. ‘There has been lots of good times and some tough times – just like any other job – but overall it’s been a blast.”
Over the years, Jones has worked in hundreds of subareas and attics, treating termites, removing gopher dirt and more.
“I loved every minute of it, even the not-so-fun jobs. It always felt good to be doing my part in the family business,” he said.
He also ran a fumigation crew for years and later did termite inspections and sales and every other job at Admiral, he said.
“My Dad wanted us to know every aspect of the business and that really helped me as I worked my way up the ladder here,” he said. “If you haven’t done these jobs you can never fully appreciate your employees.”
Being the boss may not have always been pretty, but has always been worth it, Jones said.
“When you’re part ownership, you get to take some of the credit when things are good, but you also have to take some blame when things aren’t so good. But as my Dad always says, ‘If it was easy everybody would own a business’”
Being surrounded by the loyalty and integrity of the Admiral employees makes all the difference, Jones said.
“One of the things I enjoy about working at Admiral is working with family and some really dedicated long term employees who feel like family,” he said. “I also really enjoy helping solve tough problems here at Admiral, whether they are with customers or employees. And it’s also fun to mentor the next generation – helping them learn the business.”
Working together is not all Jones likes to do with his family.
“I’m very happily married to the love of my life Terri for over 20 years. I have two kids, Doug and Stacy, who are both married and have blessed us with two granddaughters,” he said. “I’m really proud of all of them and their spouses. They are some of my finest work, and they bring a lot of joy to me and my wife.”
Some of Jones’ hobbies include traveling with family in their motor home, riding dirt bikes and fresh water fishing. He is active in his church and with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event, held in June every year. He is also a member of the Bellflower Kiwanis Club of which he will become the President this October.
Despite nationwide economic problems over the years, things are looking up for Admiral.
“It’s exciting to see things pick up again. I’m really proud of how my brother and I have been able to grow the business over the years,” he said. “We owe it to our parents and grandparents who worked hard here before us to carry on the Admiral name with honesty and integrity, and we do our very best to make that happen every day. I still look forward to coming to work every day and not too many people can say that after almost 34 years.”