Meet the 2017 Young Professional of Year Award Nominees: Harry Jones
Harold Jones is the General Manager for Courtyard Marriott in Wilkes-Barre. Harold first began working for the Courtyard in 2009, during the hotel’s initial launch, and became the General Manager in December of 2016. His role includes overseeing all schematics of the hotel – including operations, sales, finance, and much more. Harold has an extensive background in hospitality and hotel management, with previous employment at Pillar Hotels and Resorts, Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, and JHG Hotel Management. Harold obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Science, and a Master’s Degree in Genetics from Marywood University in 2009.
Harold is always looking for the opportunity to assist and advocate for his local community, serving as an Ambassador for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, and participating in committees like the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Council. In his spare time, Harold enjoys listening to music, seeking out new adventures outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
Q: What does being a business or community leader mean to you?
A: Being a business community leader to me means having the ability to do what’s always right for our ever-changing community and being on the sidelines to see the reactions of others. There’s so many great things happening in our community and being part of that truly is an honor and graciously rewarding.
Q: What advice would you give to young professionals in Greater Wilkes-Barre who want to have a positive impact on the community?
A: Having a positive impact on the community means being part of the community. Whether you’re involved in one program or multiple programs, always know your contributions and efforts are impactful and more so self-rewarding. Often times we contemplate the value of our efforts and hesitate to be more involved. Always know no matter what you do, big or small, your involvement is needed and reliant for the community’s future. You are the next generate of leaders of our community.