Jim Harris Sr. Biography

Jim Harris Sr.

Jim Harris, Sr. can attribute his strong work ethic to his faith and the life skills that he developed when delivering the Times Union and the Knickerbocker newspapers to 200 customers at the young age of 12. Fast forward nearly 70 years and Mr. Harris is the Founder and Chairman of Janitronics Facility Services – a successful, high-performance cleaning enterprise that has grown into a 1,800-employee organization, since he founded the company in 1972. At Janitronics, Jim’s employees are responsible for cleaning various institutions across the North Eastern Region in New York State and Vermont, including schools, office complexes, critical healthcare units, and semi-conductor facilities.

The oldest of four boys, Mr. Harris attended the Concordia Teachers College for one year, before returning to Albany to gain hands-on work experience. During this time, Mr. Harris held several jobs, but one that really turned his life around was delivering liquor to bars & liquor stores between Albany and south to the Palisades. Knowing that he needed to provide for his family, he later attended night classes at Russell Sage to further his education.

Community and family are most important to Mr. Harris, which is shown through the many leadership positions that he holds on boards within the community and through the halls of his businesses. Jim is proud to be the leader of a company with three generations, all in highly responsible positions.

Jim’s leadership, faith, love for the community and family have made him who he is today.