Paul Jones



Square_40GU40_Honorees_Jones__Paul.jpgALUM_40Under40_Logo-white-01.pngPaul Jones
BSBC '05  |  Jacksonville, FL

President & Chief Operating Officer
W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
INDUSTRY: Construction and Design


Paul Jones is President and Chief Operating Officer of W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, a full-service commercial, industrial and engineering contractor in the Southeast United States.  His industry roots were established when he joined the company for his summer job in 1999, working on service trucks with longtime journeymen and mentors where he gained invaluable experience.  Because W. W. Gay Mechanical offers a vast portfolio of services across many markets, Paul has design, build and leadership experience in a variety of project types including healthcare, higher education, office buildings, retrofits, government, military, industrial plants, power plants, data centers, parking garages, theme parks and clean room environments.

Paul joined the Orlando office in 2005 and quickly became a valued member of the operations team.  He was promoted in 2013 to oversee the operations, management, and development of the Central Florida market.  As a result of his leadership and his team’s commitment to excellence, revenues more than doubled from 2014 to 2015 and that office has continued to grow each year since.   He was then promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2018 and re-located to the Jacksonville corporate office.

Paul is a 2020 recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s esteemed 40 Under 40 Award.  In September 2020 he was appointed to the Florida Board of Commissioners for the State of Florida. He serves as Chairman for the Local 803 Plumbers and Pipefitters Health and Welfare and Pension Fund and now a Trustee for Local 234 Health, Welfare, and Pension Funds.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of North Florida.  Previously, he served a seven-year term on the Board of Directors for the Central and Northern Florida Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation; while serving, he held several chair positions.

He graduated from the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Building Construction and was a proud member of Sigma Lambda Chi International Construction Honor Society. He is a Certified Mechanical Contractor, Certified Plumbing Contractor and Certified General Contractor in Florida.

Paul is grateful for the opportunity to lead such a strong organization and build upon the solid foundation and legacy of W. W. Gay.