The history of Jim's guys and gals is interlaced with family, friends and neighborhood connections. Contributing to the quality and consistency of the service and products at Jim's is the unique makeup of the young men and women who have interned and learned what it takes to make a great sandwich. They represent a number of family generations, and manage to balance their work without compromising their formal education.
Tim Peterson is the grandson of one of Melanie Damianos' best friends, Jeanette Peterson. Jeanett provided great comfort and support as Melanie was challenged by the American, French and Greek worlds around her as she adapted to and supported the business whims of her husband, Jim. It naturally evolved that Tim joined the Jim's crew in the early 1990's and has developed into one of the key members of the team. When not spending time with his family or golfing, he delights in his favorite sandwich â?? the cheese dog.
Mike Bosway knew Tim and joined the team shortly after Tim; he continues to be an important leader in the store and considers "Jim's crew" to be his family. A graduate of West Mifflin High School, Mike furthered his education at Penn State University. Mike goes for the cheeseburger with Jim's Famous Sauce, onions and pickles. When asked what has kept him on the job for so long, he offered, "The work environment is great! I enjoy the other 'guys,' and I rather likes Al's jokes."
Matt Prestia has worked at Jim's since 2006 and has balanced his time with attendance at Slippery Rock University. Besides traveling and basketball (he is a tall dude!), he sneaks in some friendly gambling. His favorite menu item is the ham BBQ with sauce, onions and pickles. His cousin Bob introduced him to Jim's and he gets along well with the other 'guys,' is impressed with the dedication of regular customers, and considers the work environment a real "family affair."
Troy Kallenborn adds a friendly personality and loves sports â?? especially playing collegiate hockey while attending Robert Morris University. At Jim's since 2007, he's a cheeseburger (obviously with the sauce and onions) guy.
Nick Bobuk, Garrett O'Brien and Jeremy Marrone have been learning the trade since around 2008 and all seem to like the cheeseburger. Jeremy knew Nick and needed a job; he stays because he likes the team and certainly enjoys the friendly atmosphere. Shawn Hone is the newest addition, and falls into the cheeseburger category.
Al Damianos is unbelievable. After a well-rounded career as a pool shark, a great dancer, WW2 serviceman in the US Air Force (stationed in London); a job stint in Alice, Texas; paying his dues in the steel mill, working for a glass company and selling insurance, he somewhat reluctantly joined his father fulltime at Jim's in 1953 and took over in 1959 when Jim passed away. He manages to keep everyone hopping and supplies them with an incredible foray of jokes.
Syl Damianos has always been a part of the store history. As a grade school youngster in McKeesport, he washed dishes when he could reach the sink and enthusiastically assisted in making ice cream with his dad. He ran the West Mifflin store every day after school while his father napped (this was the time he created the cheese dog). In the evenings, he balanced homework while tending the soda fountain. Not expecting a college career, he followed his brothers to McKeesport Vocational High School; upon graduation, his dad urged him to continue his education. He received an architectural degree from Carnegie-Mellon University followed by graduate study as a Fulbright Scholar in The Netherlands. After two years of army service, a half century of architectural practice, and serving as national president of The American Institute of Architects, he has returned to work with Al and the 'guys' at Jim's.
Gus Damianos and Brian Homoki, brother and nephew respectively of Al and Syl, were both instrumental in maintaining the family business. Gus had a great job as a crane operator in the National Tube mill and joined Al in the store following Jim's passing. Gus also was a fine commercial artist. Juliette's son, Brian, started at Jim’s in the early 70's with a dream to stay forever and be joined later by his son, Frank. Unfortunately, both Gus and Brian lost the battle of life at early ages. We miss them very much.