Meet Kyle, Jimmy John's rockstar Apprenticeship Coordinator. He started as a Training Manager 2 years ago, after finding the position on a job search website. He made the leap of faith to drive over to Champaign, IL from Ohio, and the interview sealed the deal. After kicking butt as a Training Manager, Kyle became JJ's Apprenticeship Coordinator where he schedules, assists and audits both new franchisees and Jimmy John's new hires across various departments in a 4 week management program once they have completed their initial training. He ensures that all new hires can make a perfect sandwich and know what it takes to run a store. He also spends a good amount of time people-watching in the airport! This is Kyle's Rockstar Story:
When and where was your first job? I dragged and lined little league baseball fields for the summer after my Junior year of High School in Worthington, OH. It was 2005, I did it as a favor for my Math teacher.
What do you love most about your job? Working with the mentor stores, an elite group of franchisees who run the best stores in the country all while finding time to help train new operators how to do it on their own. I love walking into these stores to find people I have trained before catching their staff doing things right and making the day of their customers. I love that I can wear jeans and a polo to work every day.
What do you know now that you wish you knew then? I wish I knew how to pack a suitcase effectively. Expensive shoes are worth it if you are comfortable...If you look good you feel good. If you feel good you play good.
What is your favorite JJ's sandwich? #5 Unwich, add dijon and hot peppers
If you could describe yourself in a #hashtag, what would it be? #bringthefunk
Best advice to future JJ's Rockstars? Wear sunscreen.