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As a company, Wendy's is committed to helping veterans transition to civilian life. We believe veterans embody invaluable skills that are at the core of our success as a business and employer.
We encourage those who have served to join our team and we thank you for your service.
Our founder, Dave Thomas
"Honesty and integrity are the foundation upon which every successful person stands."
DAVE THOMASWendy’s Founder
In the early 1950s at the age of 18, Dave joined the Army at the start of the Korean War. Dave served in Germany for two and a half years, and in 1953, he returned to his job and restaurant family at the Hobby House. When a friend mentioned that it was hard to get a good lunch in downtown Columbus, Dave saw an opportunity. On November 15, 1969, Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.
“The ability to lead is one thing, but the ability to be a great teammate, to be a great partner to others, to be able to take coaching and follow people that you work for or that you're supporting, that never goes away.”
KURT KANEU.S. President & Chief Commercial Officer
Openly admitting to a life-long love affair with Wendy’s hamburgers, Kurt made a Wendy’s restaurant in Colorado Springs his first stop after returning home from his deployment. He served as an Air Defense Artillery Officer with the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Following his military service, Kurt began his marketing career in the food and beverage industry, eventually making his way to Wendy’s. Along the way, Kurt has received numerous industry honors including being named one of PR Week magazine’s “Top 40 Marketing Innovators to Watch,” recognized by the World Marketing Congress as one of the “Top 100 Most Talented Global Marketing Leaders,” and named by Nations Restaurant News as a Top 10 “Industry Heavyweight.” Kurt holds a B.S. in Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
"I get thanked a lot for my service, and sure, that feels good but the one thing that Wendy's has done is they have welcomed me home.”
JESSE GUTIERREZSenior Specialist, IT Restaurant Service Delivery
Jesse served in the U.S. Navy from 1992-1999 and was deployed on two West-Pacs (Western Pacific Missions). After serving, he joined Wendy's as a General Manager in 2005. After years in operations, he is now part of the IT Restaurant Support team at our Restaurant Support Center. He is also on the leadership team of our Veterans Employee Resource group, WeVets.
WeVets is our company Employee Resource Group (ERG) dedicated to veterans and their families. We aim to establish Wendy’s as an employer of choice for transitioning military talent, provide development opportunities to Resource Group members, create a veteran and military family community at Wendy’s, and uphold our company value of “Giving Back” to those who serve.
On this past Memorial Day, we remembered our military heroes by participating in the National Veteran's Memorial & Museum's 2nd Annual Virtual Memorial Day Race.
Each participant dedicated their run to a hero who lost their life defending our country. The names of these heroes were displayed on the back of each race t-shirt as a way to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Also, in honor of the USO's 80th anniversary, members of our WeVets and other Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) created care packages for locally based, deployed military service members and their families. As a thanks for their service, deployed troops from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base received gift boxes from our Wendy's company ERGs.
Through WendyMail, Veterans Advantage members enrolled in VetRewards are eligible to receive our exclusive offers for patriotic holidays, including Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day. In addition to our current WendyMail printable coupons, our new offers will provide Veterans Advantage members extra savings year-round.
*Employee Resource Groups currently limited by location.