Who We Are

Our Core Values


We are honest in everything we do. When we make mistakes we own them and learn from them.


We support our team and our team supports us. We embrace diversity. We are open to a respectful exchange of ideas that make us better and help create valuable long term relationships.


We keep score and are relentlessly trying to get better. We win as a team but understand that winning starts with holding ourselves accountable first.


We are in the business of serving others. Our guests are not forced to spend their hard earned money with us. We are always looking for an opportunity to contribute to the welfare of others.


We understand that teamwork is the foundation for our success. We love and respect each other and the experiences that make us who we are. The sum of all of us is more powerful than any one of us.

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

Paul Tanner Headshot

Paul Tanner

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Jay Spongberg

Jay Spongberg

Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer

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

Vice President of Accounting


Carlos Ortiz

Carlos Ortiz

President, WKS Frosty Corporation

Jeff Fernley

Vice President of Operations, El Pollo Loco


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.