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Tampa Love


Jimmy John's - Amanda Wallace

“I’m here to support our local franchisees and show the Tampa community some love! I believe in our product and want the people of Tampa to experience our homemade baked bread and hand sliced all-natural meats and veggies. I’m excited for our Jimmy John’s stores to make fresh, fast, tasty sandwiches for the Tampa community and look forward to the relationships we’ll build together.”

- Amanda Wallace, Community Marketing Manager, Tampa, FL 

Community Involvement in Cincinnati


Jimmy John's - Brian Midden

“My goal is to be present, get involved, work events, and find ways to help the Cincinnati community. We currently have 5 sponsorships with local high schools and each brings something different to the table. Like hooking up the student of the month with JJ Gift Cards or having a Freaky Fast First Down at the football games; just fun ways to benefit the schools and be involved. I think they really appreciate it and I love doing it, so it’s been a blast!”

- Brian Midden, Community Marketing Manager, Cincinnati, OH 



Jimmy Johns - Meagan Kapustka

“I moved to Atlanta a few months ago to be the Community Marketing Manager and I am loving it! I think there are so many opportunities to get involved here. The city is gorgeous and the people here are amazing, they really are. Everyone is so willing to talk to you and set up meetings; they want to take that extra time to really get to know you as a person. They’re not only buying into JJ’s, they’re in it for the personal relationships too. Which is really cool to see and be a part of.”

- Meagan Kapustka, Community Marketing Manager, Atlanta, GA

Community in Columbus, OH


Jimmy John's - Caleb Fricke

"I'm excited to be part of the community here in Columbus. I really value the face to face interactions I've had with so many people, schools and businesses in and around Columbus. I'm looking forward to connecting our local Jimmy John's owners with local Columbus events and supporting the community. I'm here to help!"

- Caleb Fricke, Community Marketing Manager, Columbus, OH


If you really want it - Make it Happen


Jimmy John's - Holly Berlongieri 1

“Every single thing that I do is for my daughter. I want to show her how to be a strong woman, how to treat people with respect, and that a career can be possible even as a single parent. I want to show her that you can do whatever you want. It doesn’t matter what your background is, if you’re rich or poor. If you really, really want something then you can make it happen. I’m proud that I can be a great parent to her while also making things happen in my life, whether it be new relationships, my career, or developing managers. Whatever it is, if you really want it, you can make it happen.”

- Holly Berlongieri, Regional Manager, Tucson & Chandler, AZ

Stay Cool When Things Get Hot


Jimmy John's - Fernando Gomez

“I believe that everything in this world has a solution. If your car doesn’t want to start, that’s a bummer, but try to figure out a solution. At work, a lot can go wrong, but you need to stay calm and think about it, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. No matter how experienced you think you are, no matter how long you’ve been around; there will always be new challenges. So, stay cool when things get hot.”

- Fernando Gomez, Assistant Manager, Tucson, AZ #1320

Kansas City


Jimmy John's - Brooke Berra 1

“I’ve been with Jimmy John’s for almost 3 years now, I was a Guerilla Marketer for 2 ½ years, and I’ve been the Community Marketing Manager in Kansas City for a couple months now. We really wanted someone on the ground level, who’s living and breathing this market to take on more of a grass-root marketing style. I moved here from St. Louis and I’m so excited to get into Kansas City, see what’s going on in the community, and bring opportunities forward that we haven't tapped into before.”

- Brooke Berra, Community Marketing Manager, Kansas City, MO

Elevate & Challenge


Jimmy John's - Bon-die Fortner

“I’m in a position where I can help entry level people with their careers. I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was 13 years old, I’m 30 years in. Because of the dynamic of everyone being first timers, there’s the need for good mentors and helping people along a good path; making them stronger and better at what they do. I really elevate it, I challenge my teams to do even more than what’s asked. We go above and beyond because I want to create a better class manager. Just being here to help, guide, and make them stronger. That’s my favorite part about it. It’s building a stronger individual and making their career more successful.”

- Bon-die Fortner, Regional Manager, Kansas City & Columbia, MO and Cincinnati, OH

Strive for Better


Jimmy John's - Gabby Cullen

"Don't ever lose hope. Always give people another chance. A lot of people succeed and fail, but keep giving chances; even 2nd and 3rd chances. I don't know how many times I quit Jimmy John's, came back, and quit again, and now I'm one of the top performing General Managers in the country. That's because no one ever lost hope in me. Don't lose hope in your store or your people. It can always get better. Strive for better. Do better."

- Gabby Cullen, General Manager, Kansas City, MO #2219

Perfect Bread Freak


Jimmy John's - Alfonso Fonseca

“You should see my bread. I’m not lying, it’s perfect. Even my wheat bread, it’s like perfect squares. Bread is my favorite thing to make in the store. I’m always taking pictures and comparing them. I never want a customer to think the bread is different day to day. They’ll notice it. They’ll feel it. So, I always make sure I’m serving the best of the best.” #FreakYeah

- Alfonso Fonseca, 2nd Assistant Manager, Arlington Heights, IL #748