Rockstar Will Thomas has been working at JJs for over 13 years! Starting as a delivery driver back in college, Will is now the Director of IT!
Job Title/ Description? Director of IT, Manage a team of six to support over 325 computers and users, 19 total servers, and manage development of both internal systems to make the JJ’ system more effective and the POS and Enterprise reporting systems.
When and where was your first job? My first job was when I was 13 in Paris, Illinois delivering newspapers. My first “real” job was when I turned 16 working for a Burger King in Paris, Illinois.
How did you get started at JJ’s? I moved to Champaign to attend college. The night I moved into my apartment I turned in an application to be a delivery driver in response to a newspaper ad and was hired on the spot with the stipulation that I had to begin work that night. I went home changed my jeans, put on some tennis shoes, and the rest is history.
What other positions have you had at JJ’s? Delivery Driver, Inshopper, Assistant Manager, General Manager, IT Special Projects Manager.
What do you love most about your job? The fact that I am surrounded by hard working, world class people every day. We all drive each other to be successful, make this company great, and to eliminate the BS from our lives and work.
What do you know now that you wish you knew then? The importance of making everything you do great. The difference in the way you feel and the success that comes with producing great things far outweighs the work that must be completed to go from good to great.
What is your favorite JJ’s sandwich? Slim 1 TBO add bacon
If you could describe yourself in a #hashtag, what would it be? #Tenacious
Best advice to future JJ’s rockstars? You must always strive to exceed expectations and achieve greatness in both your personal and work lives. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary people is the willingness to go the extra step in every situation.
RB Mesina, a JJ's Construction Specialist, has been a part of the JJ’s team for over a year now! Starting as an intern, RB now designs layouts, reviews blueprints, executes final walk though inspections, and answers RFI’s.
When and where was your first job? My first job was at Odyssey Fun World when I was 16. I worked the go-karts, which entailed overseeing the track and blowing a whistle at little kids who bumped each other.
How long have you worked at JJ’s? About a year and 10 months
How did you get started at JJ’s? I interned in the construction department.
What other positions have you had at JJ’s? Construction Intern
What do you love most about your job? Getting to see a layout I designed come to life at a final walkthrough.
What do you know now that you wish you knew then? More about the JJ's company culture.
What is your favorite JJ’s sandwich? Pepe, add peppers
If you could describe yourself in a #hashtag, what would it be? #workhardplayhard
Best advice to future JJ’s Rockstars? Use every obstacle as an opportunity. Work hard and you’ll be rewarded.
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!