Jon Kaeding, a 14 year veteran of JJ’s sets the tone for rockstars all over the US of A. Jon spends his week as a Training Manager teaching trainees how to operationally be successful at Jimmy John’s!
When and where was your first job? My first job was when I was 15 at the Monticello Public Library.
How long have you worked at JJ's? I have worked at JJ’s for 14 years.
How did you get started at JJ's? Clint Joesting spent over a year recruiting me when I worked at Arby’s. He would come through the drive thru on a weekly basis and offer an interview each time. I stood him up a couple of interviews, but finally followed through with the offer when I had become burnt out at Arby’s. I had never eaten Jimmy John’s before and barely heard of the place, but needed a change. At the time we had no more than 50 stores chain wide and I was a little punk kid. How things have changed.
What other positions have you had at JJ's? Assistant Manager, General Manager, and Training Coordinator.
What do you love most about your job? I love the challenge that Jimmy’s John’s brings every day. I also love the impact that I have on students and knowing that I have played a role in future successes of not only the trainees, but also in laying the foundation of the brand and what makes us the best of the best. I love that this company is filled with people that desire success every day and instead of it feeling like a typical job it just feels like a group of people kicking ass and making phatty money in the process. I love that we are not corporate and keep the bullshit to zero.
What do you know now that you wish you knew then? You really can get dehydrated in Arizona. Drink plenty of water.
What is your favorite JJ's sandwich? Club Lulu: No tomato/Extra mayo/ Cut in 1/2
If you could describe yourself in a #hastag, what would it be? #TriforceGeek
Best advice to future JJ's Rockstars? Your customer is every person other than yourself. Take care of the brand and your customers and they will take care of you.. . and also, don’t waste energy questioning everything, just f*cking do it!