John Jessup - Owner, Beacon Cleaning


John Jessup, Owner of Beacon Cleaning Service

Established in 1960 as TJS Building Services, we have been serving Tuscaloosa and West Central Alabama for over 50 years.  John W. Jessup purchased the business in 2001, keeping it in it’s former location south of town until 2005.  At that time we moved to our present location on Watermelon Road and changed the name to Beacon Cleaning Services.

Full Name

John Jessup

Job Title


Current City of Residence?

 Tuscaloosa, Alabama

What is your educational background?

 University of Alabama, BS, School of New College, Hotel and Restaurant Management

Where did you grow up?

 Born and raised right here in Tuscaloosa!

What was your first job?

Cut grass in my neighborhood, 12 yards a week, worked for Bama Bino making pizza's.

Why did you choose your profession?

I was in the Hotel Business as a General Manager, working 12-14 hour days. Expecting twins I was looking to buy a business to provide good customer service, sticking to what I know. This allowed me to spend more time with my family.

In 10 years you’ll be?

 Still the top cleaning company in Tuscaloosa

What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office?

 Check my calendar and get my staff ready for the day.

What’s a hot topic in your industry?

Green cleaning with less harmful chemicals

#1 item on your bucket list?

 Play golf in either Ireland or Scotland for my 50th Birthday.

What’s the first website you check in the morning?

 Email, News sites

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

 Law Enforcement

What’s your guiding business principle?

Be honest and accountable for your actions, treat people with respect.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

 Anything my Dad told me, he's my mentor.

What keeps you up at night?

 35 employees that I have working overnight, making sure they get home safe and did a good job.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

With 3 kids it's always Zaxby's

What’s your favorite local or professional sports team?

BAMA, Boston Red Sox.







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