Doug Law was inspired to join the military during the first Gulf War. A trained firefighter, he joined the Marines' Crash Fire Rescue division, extracting pilots from their planes after a crash. Over his 10 years of service, he was stationed in South Carolina; Okinawa, Japan; and deployed to California, Texas, Wisconsin and Norway.
After his Honorable Discharge from the Marines, he continued to serve as a government contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he worked as fire inspector, making sure U.S. bases were safe and fire equipped and training Iraqi firefighters in the latest techniques.
After more than two decades of combined service to the military, law enforcement and firefighting, Law moved to Florida with his wife and kids. Today, he owns two Jimmy John’s sandwich stores in Lakeland, FL. He has 40 employees and regularly hires fellow vets for their leadership qualities, exemplary customer service capabilities and boot camp training. He says he was attracted to the brand because of its speed and simplicity.
Jimmy John’s is a lot like the Marines, he says, with a checklist for everything, specific hierarchies and strategic processes that ensure success.
He plans to open another two Jimmy John’s franchise stores in the Lakeland area in the coming months.