Business Action – Spring 2008
Q: Are you a native San Diegan?
A: I am a fourth-generation San Diegan. I attended La Jolla Country Day School from kindergarten through 12th grade, then attended New York University and majored in philosophy with a minor in business. After graduation, I returned to San Diego to work at Ace Parking, which is owned and operated by my family.
Q: What is your role at Ace Parking?
A: My role at Ace Parking is multifaceted. It’s my goal to learn the business from the ground up – I direct traffic at Chargers and Padres games, valet cars at hotels where Ace manages the parking and am involved with just about every contract Ace holds. I want to understand each and every job we have here at Ace Parking, and gain the trust and respect of my fellow team members. Ace Parking has seen tremendous growth in the Western United States in the past few years, and now the focus is on providing the same products and services at every location and every region. It’s important to me to keep building on what my grandfather and father have built.
Q: What has your involvement with the Chamber Board of Directors been like?
A: At 26 years old, I am the youngest Chamber Board member. I’m also the only third-generation Board member. My maternal grandfather, Malin Burnham, was on the Chamber Board, my paternal grandfather, Evan Jones, was Chairman of the Chamber, and my father, Scott Jones, was recently on the Board. That being said, I had to earn my way onto the Board of Directors and I deeply enjoy being part of it. It is a privilege to be included, and I am grateful for the opportunity.
Q: What other organizations in your community are you involved with?
A: I’m a board member of the Downtown Partnership, as well as Father Joe’s Toussaint Academy. I am also on the board of a young entrepreneur group called Gen Next. Community involvement is very important to me. I want to give my most precious resource – my time.
Q: What challenges do you see facing the Chamber Board in the coming year?
A: I believe the Chamber needs to take a position in local, state and national elections. We all know who the best candidates for business are, and I believe we should publicly support them. I also feel that the Chamber needs to continue to look for younger, qualified candidates to join the Board in the coming years, to blend the traditional and the up-and-coming.