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We Operate With a "People First" Mind Set

Employee Recognition

Our people are at the core of JAE’s Culture. Our culture has a clear set of values that when embodied deliver a JAEStar! A JAEStar is a team member who demonstrates through their actions our JAE STAR Values. We promote and reward these JAEStar values.

  • JAEstars develop their talents best by cooperating with others.
  • JAEstars are great team players who love praise.
  • JAEstars work in teams to bring out their unique skill of absorbing everything they learn and making it better by adding their own touch.
  • JAEstars have good hearts. They only wish positive things for others.
  • JAEstars focus on working for the cause instead of trying to gain personal glory. Serving community involvement causes gives us pleasure and purpose.

What’s New?

To all those who care about spicy chicken nuggets as much as we do, mark your calendars: Wendy’s will carry the glorious, hot little nuggs once again starting August 12. Following a tweet by Chance the Rapper and a wild 2 million likes in less than 48 hours, Wendy’s is giving the people what they want. Get them while you can, these promotions are for limited time only!

Mobile Ordering

Ordering has just gotten easier at Wendy’s.  Download our App to place an order at any of our participating Restaurants and receive deals.  You also now have the convenience of having your food delivered to you Door by DoorDash.

Get the perfect gift for your friends and family and celebrate special occasions with a Wendy’s gift card! Click on the picture above to get yours now.

Community Involvement

JAE is a huge supporter of “Giving Back” which represents 1 of Dave’s 5 Legacy Values. Besides supporting Wendy’s national fund raising programs that include selling Halloween Boo Books, Frosty Key Tags, donation canisters and a huge national adoption night, we have other JAE specific fund raising events. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) is our #1 Cause. The DTFA works with children in foster care to find them a forever family. JAE believes like our Founder Dave Thomas believed that these children our not someone else’s responsibility, they are OUR responsibility. We take that responsibility very seriously at JAE. Those include voluntary payroll deduction campaign that employees can use to support the foundation. Our owners also demonstrate their commitment to finding forever families through their personal donations. At this year’s GM Rally the JAE Owners pledged $38,000.00. Year to Date, JAE has raised over $440,000!

JAE sponsored Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this year. The company utilized its leadership to conduct its own fundraising campaign to help find a cure and improve the quality of life of patients and families.

X Games Aspen 2019 brought an international field of athletes to the slopes of Buttermilk Mountain for five chances at X Games Gold and one for a set of Golden Knuckles from the first-ever Wendy’s Knuckle Huck. The packed schedule also included the inaugural Adaptive and Para Snow BikeCross races, along with two performances at the GEICO music stage from production duo Louis the Child and Grammy Award-winners, The Chainsmokers. By the time the gates were closed more than 43,000 people witnessed another exciting day at the world’s premier action sports competition. Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck consisted of a 20-minute jam session where riders perform their maneuvers leaving the knuckle of the feature and finish in the landing area, truly celebrating the rider’s style. Check the X Games video made by ESPN HERE!


On August 3rd we had our Grand Opening Celebration for the new store in Merchant. This was an important event because it was the first store to open in Knoxville for almost two decades. The fire and police department was our special guest, and it was a fun time for kids who were able to see the fire truck and receive special gifts. The local radio station joined us and provided lunch to some customers; they brought games, music players, and The Smokies mascot. Everyone was looking forward to the celebration. The first 200 customers qualified for free Wendy’s for a year, so people started lining up since 3AM! We were also featured on the local newspaper (See article here)


Thank you JAE, from DTFA

Date: October 25, 2018

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Restaurant Finance Monitor

Date: July 3, 2018

In the world of restaurant franchising, bigger is almost always better. Reasons vary, but “scale” usually tops the list.

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Ranked number 49 on 2018 Mega Ranking!

Date: June 19, 2018

Ranked number 49 on 2018 Mega Ranking! See below for a link to the full ranking:


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Boys & Girls Club Video

Date: June 19, 2018

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Wendy's High School Heisman Award Article

Date: June 19, 2018

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – A special moment for a rising star. A student at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach just got the surprise of his life.

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JAE Restaurant Group MVP Franchisee Award Winner

Date: June 19, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS JAE for being selected as the “Winner” in the Mega Growth Category for the 2017 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference Magazine Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards. JAE was selected from one hundred nominations this year from across the nation and from all industry sectors. This is a great honor!!!

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JAE’s Facebook

Date: February 25, 2017

For many reasons we are excited to announce that we have a Facebook page: It represents our family-based culture. Employees will send their family-event pictures for the whole JAE family to view. It serves for recruitment purposes.

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BGCBC Entrepreneur Tank

Date: October 11, 2016

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Accomplishment by JAE Restaurant Group

Date: August 25, 2016

(August 2016) We added the Miami company market to our family.

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YGO Talent Contest

Date: February 25, 2016

JAE Video Contest

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