President – Stores, Trader Joe’s Company
Jon Basalone is President – Stores for Trader Joe’s Company. Jon was appointed President – Stores in January 2015. Previously he was Executive Vice President – Marketing & Merchandising. As President of Stores, Jon works with all 37,000 Crew Members as they deliver Trader Joe’s unique customer experience to millions of customers in 455 stores across 43 states.
Over his 26 years with Trader Joe’s, Jon has worked in several areas within the company including Stores, Buying/Merchandising, and Marketing. Starting as a “part-time” Crew Member while in graduate school in Santa Barbara, Jon eventually became a store Captain, then Regional Vice-President in Southern California, before taking on executive responsibilities in the Trader Joe’s office. If his voice sounds familiar, it’s because while Vice-President of Merchandising, he was coerced into doing Trader Joe’s radio ads. The criteria…they needed someone that didn’t sound like he belonged on the radio. During the past 15 years, Jon has recorded over 300 radio ads for Trader Joe’s.
In addition to his work with Trader Joe’s, Jon is on the Board of Directors for Inner City Arts, a non-profit organization based in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row that helps children develop essential life skills through arts education.
Jon is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.