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My Nephew


Jimmy John's - Benito Castanon

“I love hangin’ out with my nephew. He’s 9 years old and basically lives with me. We watch wrestling and just chill together; he’s so awesome. I’m his godfather so we’re really close, and I feel a big responsibility to be someone he can look up to. We don’t have a lot of positive male figures in our family, so I try to be that for him. We all need that.”

- Benito Castanon, General Manager, Saginaw, MI #33

I look up to my dad


Jimmy John's - Anthony Cicone

“I look up to my Dad, big time. He was a single father, he went to school and worked full-time, but he never missed a Boy Scout meeting or a baseball game; he didn’t miss a single thing. I’ve always said if I’m half the father that he was to me, I’m good. I’ll be the happiest man in the world.”

- Anthony Cicone, Inshop, Champaign, IL #9039

Don't Be Stuck In Fear


Jimmy John's - Jacob Tieder

“Don’t be stuck in fear. Don’t let fear of change or fear of the unknown rule your life. I’ve jumped off cliffs in Atlanta, stood at the top of the Empire State Building, gone on really sketchy fair rides and I’m terrified of heights, but now I have those experiences and stories to tell. I just try to say yes as much as possible and I don’t live in fear. I mean, I have fear, but I don’t let it dominate my life.”

- Jacob Tieder, Training Manager, Champaign, IL

Like Yourself


Jimmy John's - Aly Armentrout

“When I was a kid, I was kind of an introvert. I didn’t have a lot of friends, so I was really bothered by the, ‘what if nobody likes me?’ kind of thing. But as the years went by, I was like, I’m content with who I am. I’m a cool person and if someone doesn’t want to be friends with me that shouldn’t be a reason to dislike myself. I think once people start to understand, like hey, not everybody is going to get along. You can’t be upset if somebody doesn’t like you because that’s just the way the world works. Just like yourself. Like yourself, and it’ll all work out.”

- Aly Armentrout, 2nd Assistant Manager, Champaign, IL #9039

My dream


Jimmy John's - Avion Mapson

“My dream is to become a Psychologist and then, do photography on the side. I want to be a social worker in a high school and help kids. I went through a lot as a kid growing up. Bullying, depression, and all that. So whatever I can do to help, I want to. And photography is just something I really love. Whenever I get the chance, I’ll go out and take pictures of whatever I can.”

- Avion Mapson, Inshop, Champaign, IL #9039

See the good


Jimmy John's - Dalton Woolridge

“I try to see the good in everything. It’s easy to only talk about your bad days, but even a bad day has its’ ups. Everyone has those days, it happens, but you gotta find those ups and focus on them.”

- Dalton Woolridge, Delivery Driver & Catering Manager, Urbana, IL #9036

This was perfect


Jimmy John's - Raful Solano

"I'm studying Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois and I've been delivering at JJ's for about 2 years. I needed something that could work around my school schedule and this was perfect. My program is pretty tough, so I need that. Plus, I like coming in and having fun people to work with. It takes my mind off of things."
- Raful Solano, Delivery Driver, Champaign, IL #9003
Spread Smiles


Jimmy John's - Nick Mercier

“My coworkers are awesome, I love everyone here. I also love customer interaction, it’s a lot of fun talking to people and making their day. I always try to be positive; we all have bad days so I do my best to make other people smile.”

- Nick Mercier, Delivery Driver & Catering Manager, Champaign, IL #9003

Craft your attention to detail


Jimmy John's - Brian Hottashed

"I like to play music. I play guitar, but I also like sound engineering and recording; audio production kind of stuff. It’s a good way to craft your attention to detail and it’s the easiest way for me to express myself. Sometimes I feel like I’m better at communicating with music than talking, if that makes sense?”

- Brian Mottashed, Delivery Driver, Urbana, IL #9008

Deliveries & Dogs


Jimmy John's - Samuel Trowb

“Running deliveries is actually really fun. You get to go places, be outside, and listen to your own music. Plus, I get to pet a lot of dogs. Recently, I was delivering to a house, the customer answered the door and their dog just ran out. I was like, ‘here hold this!’ Luckily I chased down the dog, but it was really nice. I got a good tip and I got to play with the dog!”

- Samuel Towb, Delivery Driver, Urbana, IL #9008