Who is Jon Theiss?
I am a family man first. I have three kids–two sons and a daughter, ages 10, 9, and 7 respectively–with my wife Stephanie. Stephanie and I were high school sweethearts.
How did you and Stephanie meet?
Though she is from Hawaii, Stephanie’s father was stationed nearby for the military and she and I went to the same high school. She asked me to the Sadie Hawkins dance and we have been together since. Her family is back in Hawaii, so our whole family tries to go there to visit every other year.
What are some of your interests outside of work?
I am a big sports fan. As a military brat, I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from ages 7-10 and became a big fan of the Oakland Raiders. My kids are also in sports, such as soccer, football, and cheer leading, and I always enjoy watching and supporting their teams.
What is your role at JK?
As the General Manager of JK Commercial Services, I am responsible for all that happens on the Commercial side of JK—quality control, ensuring resources are allocated properly, overseeing business development, etc. JK Commercial Services also includes Archive Services (sometimes known as Records Management), which is where I began my career with JK.
When did you join JK?
I became General Manager of Archive Services unit in June, 2011.
What attracted you to the industry?
Like many, I entered the industry by accident. I was in college and a buddy and I were looking for part-time jobs for summers and holidays. He pointed out a moving company, where we would have a flexible schedule that gave us time for hobbies. I began in the company’s Household Goods division, part-time. After I graduated from Elon College (now Elon University) in 1993, I interviewed for a sales internship at the moving company. From there, I advanced into various positions–operations, dispatch, warehouse management–and discovered that I had a passion for the work in Archives.
What are some of your future goals?
I want to continue to improve the quality of life and mentor young crew members. Ted Isaacson was instrumental in developing me into the professional I am today, and I would like to show my appreciation by paying it forward.