At Not Your Average Joe’s there are always opportunities for growth for all employees. We’ve recently promoted a few folks within the company, from new chefs to general managers, and even a new position entirely — Senior General Manager. I had the chance to talk to one of the two new Senior General Managers, Justin Peterson.  

Get to know— Justin Peterson

How long have you been with the Not Your Average Joe’s?  ​

JP: 13 Years in total. 2006-2010, and 2012-current.

How long have you been working within the restaurant industry?

​JP: I have been in restaurants for the bulk of my employed life. I started when I was 15 (23 years ago) working at an ice cream stand in North Andover, Massachusetts.

What attracted you to work for Not Your Average Joe’s? 

JP: The concept was unique and a little off beat from the usual casual dining chain, which I found very appealing.

What was your first position within the company?

JP: Server

Congratulations on the promotion! 

JP: Thank you!

What is your new position within the company? 

JP: Senior General Manager

With your recent promotion, what is a typical work day like for you?

JP: I am still fully engaged as the General Manager of our Nashua restaurant and I also take on tasks that the office needs assistance with, like store visits, manager orientations, charity events and everything in between. 

What is your favorite part of your job?

JP: Coaching people and the challenges that it brings. I love watching people develop their talents.

If you could choose one entrée on the menu to have every day for a year, what would it be?

JP: I personally would have to go with the Ahi Tuna Salad, it’s delicious!

When not on the clock at work, what is your favorite activity to do?

JP: I spend every moment I can with my family and friends, however you can usually find me somewhere close to a golf course.

Lastly, any advice for someone looking to evolve and get promoted within a company?

JP: Be willing to serve others first; then be willing to adapt and change. A growing company can never be the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, just as a company we have to be adaptable  to move within the trends of culture, and always remain relevant to our employers. Evolution doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a commitment to changing ourselves daily to eventually become the person we set out to be.  “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” – Craig Groeschel