About WKS

Our promise to you

We win by making our guests happy and our people more successful than they ever thought possible. We help good people learn to lead, serve, and make a difference.

WKS Values

Integrity It builds trust
Loyalty Creates long term relationships
Winning Through consistent execution
Service Is our passion
Teamwork Is the foundation for our success
Jay Spongberg

Jay Spongberg, SVP/COO

“Too often, in business, we are driven by wins and losses, profit, and the bottom line. It is easy to overlook what is at the core of the success of a company. Most companies spend so much time focusing on the bottom line that they fail to focus on the people who make the bottom line what it is. At WKS Restaurant Group we focus on our people. We realize that we are actually in the people business and recognize that it is the great people working here that have enabled us to thrive and grow for over 25 years”.


Roland Spongberg

President & Chief Executive Officer

Debi Pellegrino

Chief of Staff to the CEO

Matt McGuinness

Matt McGuinness

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Jay Spongberg

Jay Spongberg

Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer

Paul Tanner Headshot

Paul Tanner

Senior Vice President, Finance & Development

Trevor Fitzgerald

Trevor Fitzgerald

Vice President of Innovation & Technology

Mike Simmons

Vice President of People Services and Risk

Andrew Feinour

Andrew Feinour

Vice President of Facilities and Construction

Jessica Lao

Director of Accounting


Carlos Ortiz

Carlos Ortiz

Vice President of Operations, El Pollo Loco & Wendy's

Kurt Kuyper

Kurt Kuyper

President, W.K.S. Krispy Kreme, LLC


The Support Center

We call our headquarters the Support Center because everything we do is to support the employees working in our restaurants. If you aren’t serving chicken, pancakes, hamburgers, pizza, or doughnuts you’re serving someone who does.