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Another Monday, Another City!

05/16/2018

Jimmy John's - Taylor Carpenter

“I went to school in Alaska for 3 years, and loved it. I graduated high school and immediately moved 3,000 miles from home where I didn’t know anyone. My parents helped me move there, and then left, so I basically started over. But I love traveling, so I think that’s why this job appealed to me. Most people don’t look forward to Mondays, but I do. I get to hop on a plane every Monday and go to a new city and a new JJ’s location, I love that.”

- Taylor Carpenter, Guerilla Marketer, Valparaiso, IN

Life is short, you gotta live it

05/09/2018

Jimmy John's - Gary Moss Jr.

“Don’t take no for an answer. Someone is always going to have an opinion, they’re going to set limitations and boundaries on you. You can’t do this or you can’t do that. I can qualify to be a national power lifter with one kidney and most people wouldn’t know. Eight years ago, I received a gift of life, a kidney transplant. I’ve now been power lifting for about a year and a half; I’m about 40 pounds off of the world record. Serious! I’ve been very fortunate, everything has been working great and I haven’t put any limitations on myself. You really appreciate something when you realize it can be taken away from you. Life is short, you gotta live it. So that's what I'm doin'!”

- Gary Moss Jr., Franchisee, Fort Worth, TX

Don't sweat the small stuff

05/02/2018

Jimmy John's - Brittney Mitchell

“Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t stress out. Everything will eventually work itself out. Whether it be for worse or for better. Don’t let someone bring you down because they’re unhappy or they’re having a bad day. A few weeks ago my boss goes, ‘You’re one of the nicest people I know.’ I said, ‘Well you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.’ Plus, why would you wanna be vinegar? It smells! So be the honey.”

- Brittney Mitchell, General Manager, Louisville, KY #1232

Stay your own course

04/25/2018

Jimmy John's - Anthony Brown

“I’ve had people tell me to go sell drugs, tell me to quit school…don’t listen to those people. Don’t let anybody get in your mind. Ever. Stay your own course and be yourself.”

- Anthony Brown, Inshop, Louisville, KY #1232

The Expectation

04/18/2018

Jimmy John's - Greg Silberzahn

“I think it all comes down to our atmosphere, for real. You come into a store and see smiling faces. There’s people that are excited to take care of you; there’s people that want to give you an obsessive amount of good customer service. I want our customers to feel it. Jimmy John’s champions that kind of atmosphere. It’s not like we’re okay with being mediocre and giving mediocre service, we want everyone to get the best. And that’s not the exception, it’s the expectation.”

- Greg Silberzahn, Area Manager, Manitowoc, WI #957, #741, #1411, #2125

Make the best of it

04/11/2018

Jimmy John's - Beth Fabre

“I have 3 kiddos, and I want to give them the best life possible. I’ll do whatever I can for them. I’d like to become a General Manager one day, and I’m working really hard for it. It’s tough with kids, but I’ll make it work. You just can’t give up, you have to keep trying and one day you’ll get a different outcome. And it’s hard; it can be so hard sometimes. The world beats you down and you have to keep getting up. Life will continue and you need to make the best of it.”

-Beth Fabre, 2nd Assistant Manager, Oklahoma City, OK #3142

Definition of Success

04/04/2018

Jimmy John's - Anthony Petersen

"I guess my definition of success is being happy with what you're doing. I like Jimmy John's, I've been here for about 14 years, and I wouldn't be here if I didn't like it. But it's important to be happy in your job as well as your life outside of work. When my kids were born it changed everything, it gave me perspective. You'll want family to be first instead of work, and sometimes you have to stop and make that call. Finding that balance is still something I'm working on."

- Anthony Petersen, Franchisee, Oklahoma City, OK #1317, #1624, #2111, #2112, #2984

I DID THAT

03/28/2018

Jimmy John's - Tyler Stefan

"Three years ago I was in a one-bedroom apartment and I didn't have a good job. I got hired here, and decided I wanted to buy my own house and my own car. Now I have my house and a brand new car, and it's because I worked hard. Set those goals, attain them, and then set new ones. And when it happens, it feels so good to say, 'I DID THAT'."

- Tyler Stefan, Training Manager, Champaign, IL

 

Work & life

03/21/2018

Jimmy John's - John McIntyre

“Try to find that happy balance between work and your personal life. It’s okay to love your job, to the love the work you do, to want to do the best and be the best at it, but at the end of the work day, let it go. Free your mind and do some of the other things that make life worth living. I love the responsibility of being a General Manager and that I have earned the position I’m in. That someone is confident enough in me and trusts me enough to let me manage their business. Being a GM is hard work, but it is all worth it. All I can say now is, let’s see what the next 7 years bring and I AM SO READY.”

- John McIntyre, General Manager, Austin, TX #491

Hard-Earned Success

03/14/2018

  Jimmy John's - Matt Wilkins

“Trying to finish school while working as many hours as I could was a challenge. I went to Eastern, I was driving to Charleston 4 days a week and then working doubles here on the weekends. I wasn’t taking a full course load so that helped a lot. It took a little longer, but I was able to pay for it as I went. It was definitely worth it to take the little bit of extra time.” #HardEarnedSuccess

- Matt Wilkins, 2nd Assistant Manager, Champaign, IL #9015