Jimmy John Liautaud

Jimmy John's Owner, Founder, & Chairman in Champaign, Illinois

Jimmy John Liautaud

Jimmy John's Owner, Founder, & Chairman in Champaign, Illinois

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Jimmy John Liautaud is the owner, founder, and chairman of Jimmy John’s Sandwiches.

After graduating second to last in his high school class, Liautaud knew college was not for him. At 19 years old, his father gave him two options, join the military or start a business. His father gave him $25,000 and one-year to make a profit. If not, Jimmy John was headed to military service. In 1983, Liautaud opened his first sub shop in a converted garage in Charleston, IL.

Those are some pretty humble and hardworking beginnings for a chain that now has over 2,500 locations across America. But the company is just hitting its stride. The goal isn’t to be the biggest, Jimmy John wants it to be the best! As the business grows, he will not compromise on quality. Quality is a way of life at Jimmy John’s - from the food, to the work ethic Liautaud instills in his team and franchisees.

The Jimmy John's owner lives authentically and transparently, setting achievable and measurable goals for his team, and championing his people and brand. Taking the hardest tasks for oneself, coming in early, staying late, and leading by example. The Jimmy John’s team is held accountable and rewarded when they succeed.

In 2012, Liautaud was awarded Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award for his industry achievements and outstanding accomplishments. Today, Jimmy John’s is one of the fastest growing chains according to the NRN Top 100.

For more information, visit jimmyjohns.com.

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