7 1/2 years ago, Nathan was finishing his degree at the University of Illinois, when he saw a poster in the advertising department office recruiting for Guerilla Marketers. He emailed the Director of Guerilla Marketing regarding the job, and insisted on going to the Corporate Headquarters to drop off his resume. But there was an issue - they were only hiring 8 Guerilla Marketers and all the slots were filled. While he waited for a spot to open up, he worked at a Jimmy John's shop in Champaign to learn the ropes and earn some much needed cash while finishing school. A couple of months later, a position on the Guerilla Marketing team opened up. Nathan finished his last class at the U of I on a Friday and started training that following Monday. Today there are almost 100 Guerilla Marketers on the team and Nathan has worked his way up from Inshop & Delivery Driver to Guerilla Marketer, Marketing Projects Coordinator and now is a rockstar Co-Op Advertising and PR Manager. Check out Nathan's story:
When and where was your first job? Laying wood and tile floors in the summer of 2000
What do you love most about your job? Because of my job I have confidence in myself and my abilities - I was not always like this
What do you know now that you wish you knew then? Be patient, you can only control one thing, and that is how you perform at your job. So...control what you can and let everything else fall into place.
What is your favorite JJ's sandwich? 16 TBO, ez mayo, add cucs, and if I'm feeling crazy I'll add avo
If you could describe yourself in a #hashtag, what would it be? #stayhungry
Best advice to future JJ's Rockstars? Completely own and excel at every single thing you do at Jimmy John's - from cleaning the kitchen, doing DBL's in the store, working with co-workers and franchisees, responding to people as quickly as possible, keep your desk clean, keep your car clean, and you must own your mistakes which we all inevitably make. Take pride in everything you do and do it 110%