Position: Manager of franchise store in Villas, Lower Township
Adelia Jonas is living the American success story.
She came to the United States from Brazil in 2001 when she was invited by another former Brazilian to work in a Domino’s Pizza store.
Less than a decade later, she is the U.S. Manager of the Year for Domino’s Pizza. “I started as a customer service representative, answering phones and making pizzas,” Jonas said. “I learned to speak English at the store.”
She worked her way up to manager, where she met her husband, Robert Jonas. He had started as a driver for Domino’s Pizza and worked his way up through store manager, supervisor and then inspector for the corporation.
“That’s how I met him, He was my inspector. We fell in love and decided to keep our careers with Domino’s because this is what I love to do and decided to franchise,” she said.
In 2008, they bought the Domino’s franchise in Villas and turned it around, which led to her award, she said.
She said the corporate headquarters called to tell her she had been selected as Northeast Manager of the Year and also for the whole nation.
“I kept checking the Caller I.D. to make sure it was from the corporation in Michigan and not a prank,” Jonas said.
She went to Las Vegas for the company’s 50th anniversary convention on July 22, where she received the award and met Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan.
“I met so many wonderful people who have the same dream,” she said. “Many have called the store and become friends on Facebook, and wanted me to share ideas about what I do.”
Jonas said the biggest challenge to managing is never giving up, “just seeing this as my job and this is what I have to get done.”
She said her own rise is an example of the opportunities for advancement with the company.
“My goal right now is to make sure my store keeps running properly,” she said. “I do have a dream to own more stores, but I want to make sure all would be run the same way.”
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