Local McDonald’s Organization Celebrates Owner/Operator Jami Kasprzyk during Women’s History Month
WABASH VALLEY AREA – In honor of Women’s History Month, local McDonald’s restaurants celebrate Owner/Operator Jami Kasprzyk. Kasprzyk owns and operates a total of nine restaurants across the Wabash Valley including those in Terre Haute and Clinton, Indiana and Casey, Marshall, and Paris, Illinois.
Women’s History Month highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Today in the U.S., McDonald’s has 700 independently owned and operated women franchisees. Kasprzyk is one of them, and she says she is honored to serve the Wabash Valley community.
Since acquiring local McDonald’s restaurants in 2018, Kasprzyk, along with her husband and fellow Owner/Operator Nick Kasprzyk, have made significant contributions to the Wabash Valley community. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, they have donated thousands of meals to local schools and healthcare workers, and in January 2021, they donated $10,000 to Vigo County Schools to purchase Chromebooks for kindergarten through second graders. They also partnered with other local operators to donate 6,500 pounds of chicken to Catholic Charities of Terre Haute which serves individuals with food insecurity in counties throughout the Wabash Valley.
“Ever since Nick and I began our journey with McDonald’s, our driving purpose has always been to give back,” said Kasprzyk.
Kasprzyk also serves as a board member for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana and is proud to offer ways to support the charity in her McDonald’s restaurants. The Round Up for RMHC program allows patrons to round their total up to the nearest dollar to support RMHC, and two cents of every Happy Meal sold goes straight to the charity. In 2020, Kasprzyk and other local operators raised more than $14,000 for RMHC of Central Indiana through the Sleeves for Support fundraiser.
With a background in education as a former elementary school teacher, Kasprzyk knows the importance of this type community support and the widespread impact that businesses can make locally. She says her passion for helping people has thrived in her role as Owner/Operator.
“I noticed a lot of similarities between teaching and running a restaurant,” she said. “I really enjoy helping people set goals for themselves and learning what motivates different personalities to find a creative way to provide them with the tools to accomplish those goals.”
According to her crew members and management team, Kasprzyk is respected as a supportive employer who is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get to work.
“Jami empowers our whole team, both personally and professionally,” said Angel Rice, a Supervisor with the Kasprzyk McDonald’s organization. “I could not ask for a more supportive leader and role model.”
Rice is one of many women in leadership positions throughout the Kasprzyk organization. She, along with fellow Supervisor Dawn Lafata, have a long history of supporting women in the organization while overseeing nine restaurants. Additionally, six of Kasprzyk’s nine general managers are women running multi-million dollar businesses. Overall, the Kasprzyks employ more than 450 members of the local community.
Kasprzyk credits much of her success to the network of strong individuals surrounding her, particularly the women in her life. She says that the McDonald’s corporation also sets women up for success, highlighting women in leadership roles through the Women Operator’s Network, which she enjoys being a part of.
“I think it’s important that we as women leaders continue to show up and advocate for ourselves and our positions,” she said. “I’m lucky to have had strong women in my life who have helped me achieve my goals, and I’m honored to be that advocate for others.”