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Jimmy John Liautaud

AKA James John Liautaud

Born: 12-Jan-1964
Birthplace: Arlington Heights, IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Jimmy John Liautaud was fresh out of high school when he opened his first Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich shop in 1983, in Charleston, Illinois. He took a $25,000 loan from his father, tested bread recipes in his mother's kitchen, and says that his family talked him out of offering his own favorite sandwich, liver and sausage with a dollop of mayo and onion. Liautaud brags that his business was profitable in its first year, and he was able to buy out his father's interest in just three years. His father, Jim Liautaud, made millions as the founder of Capsonic Group, a manufacturer of molded plastic inserts and composites that supplies automakers GM and Ford. As of 2009, Jimmy John's has about 850 locations, mostly in the American midwest and southeast, and in Guatemala and El Salvador.

In 2000, Liautaud sued his cousin, Michael Liautaud, owner of another midwest chain called Milio's Sandwiches. Jimmy John claimed that that he had shared his "secrets of success" with his cousin Michael, under the stipulation that Michael would never expand his Milio's chain beyond Madison, Wisconsin, but that Milio's had indeed opened numerous sandwich shops far from Madison. Jimmy John lost the lawsuit and lost again in the US Court of Appeals, as the non-compete clause was deemed illegal and unenforceable. Jimmy John Liautaud also shared his "secrets of success" with another cousin, Kevin Schippers, co-founder of the Erbert & Gerbert's chain of sandwich shops.

Father: James Liautaud ("Jim", founder of Capsonic Group)
Mother: Gina Liautaud
Brother: Greg Liautaud
Wife: Leslie Liautaud (ballerina, three children)

    High School: Elgin Academy, Elgin, IL (1982)
    Administrator: President's Counci, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches Founder & CEO (1983-)
    Every Republican is Crucial PAC
    Free and Strong America PAC
    John McCain 2008
    Romney for President
    Romney Victory Inc.
    Safari Club International
    French Ancestry
    Lithuanian Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Obesity


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