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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Maintenance Company Chief Executive
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good.

Birthplace

Born:
12/30/1946
Birth Location:
Newark, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Maintenance Company Chief Executive
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good.

Birthplace

Born:
12/30/1946
Birth Location:
Newark
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Biography

Ronald Bruce Jewell was born on December 30, 1946, in Newark, New Jersey; due to financial hardship, his family moved from New Jersey to his mother’s native southern Virginia. Jewell's mother was a domestic, his father a mail carrier and restaurateur. In 1966, Jewell earned his high school diploma from Central High School in Goochland County, Virginia, where he played for the basketball team. During his senior year in high school, while working as a school bus driver, Jewell became a husband and a father.

From 1966 until 1969, Jewell attended Virginia Union on a golf scholarship where he majored in history. In 1967, he helped founded the Esquire Club, a national social organization that can be found on Historically Black College campuses throughout the country. From 1969 until 1972, Jewell worked for the National Urban League as the marketing manager of a training program for professional house cleaners. In 1972, Jewell and his second wife, Adrienne, started Jewell Industries, a residential and construction site cleaning service.

In 1973, Jewell expanded the business to include commercial cleaning and, on the request of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), he created the specifications for cleaning commercial properties. In 1976, Jewell began traveling to Ghana, West Africa, familiarizing himself with the people and needs of the country. In 1993, the company was certified under the Small Business Administration’s Section 8(a) Business Development program. In 1994, Jewell Industries started its floor services division after it received a government contract for a carpet installation project. In 1990, Jewell established the African American Trading Company (AATCI), employing 1,000 African farmers to grow and harvest 10,000 acres of chili peppers.

Jewell has received numerous awards for his business and civic accomplishments. His company, Jewell Industries, is recognized as one of the top janitorial firms in the nation.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ronald Jewell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ronald Jewell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ronald Jewell talks about his mother and maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ronald Jewell describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ronald Jewell describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ronald Jewell talks about his father's alcoholism and his jobs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ronald Jewell talks about his grandparents and their influence on him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ronald Jewell explains why his family left Newark, New Jersey for Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronald Jewell lists his siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ronald Jewell lists his siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ronald Jewell describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ronald Jewell remembers his early childhood in Newark, New Jersey, including witnessing a possible murder
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ronald Jewell reflects upon the changes he experienced when he moved to Virginia at age six
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ronald Jewell remembers holidays during his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ronald Jewell recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ronald Jewell recalls attending Manakin Elementary School in Manakin, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ronald Jewell recalls himself as an elementary school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ronald Jewell describes his personality as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ronald Jewell recalls his time spent working for a country club in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ronald Jewell recalls his childhood dreams and aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ronald Jewell recalls his childhood experience with church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ronald Jewell recalls his junior high school years and influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Ronald Jewell recalls his interest in becoming a lawyer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Ronald Jewell recalls his academic performance during his junior high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Ronald Jewell describes his teenage interest in Satanism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Ronald Jewell describes his high school, Central High School in Goochland County, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ronald Jewell remembers attending Central High School in Goochland County, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ronald Jewell explains why he quit his teenage job of driving a school bus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ronald Jewell remembers integrating and graduating from Goochland High School in Goochland County, Virginia in 1966
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ronald Jewell talks about his college aspirations, early marriage and first child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ronald Jewell remembers enrolling at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ronald Jewell recalls his and his roommate's involvement in civil rights activities at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ronald Jewell talks about his time at Virginia Union University and his wife's education and work during those years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ronald Jewell remembers working as a marketing manager for the Urban League in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ronald Jewell remembers starting his first janitorial company in 1972
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ronald Jewell describe being fired from the Urban League and starting Jewell Industries in 1972
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ronald Jewell describes changes in domestic work and residential cleaning in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ronald Jewell recalls the financial losses incurred by Jewell Industries in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ronald Jewell recalls opening an electronics store in 1974 to recoup money he lost with his cleaning business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ronald Jewell talks about the status of his cleaning service in the late 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ronald Jewell talks about the growth of his cleaning service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ronald Jewell talks about his commercial cleaning clients at Jewell Industries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ronald Jewell talks about the origins of the African American Trading Company Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ronald Jewell talks about his business plan for Jewell Spice Company and his hopes for its future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ronald Jewell talks about the lack of transparency in the spice business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ronald Jewell recalls his son's decision to join the family business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ronald Jewell reflects upon his career and future plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ronald Jewell talks about his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Ronald Jewell reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Ronald Jewell describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Ronald Jewell reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Ronald Jewell talks about the possible future of Jewell Industries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Ronald Jewell reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ronald Jewell narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ronald Jewell narrates his photographs, pt. 2