Leadership

Jason Ingermanson

President/CEO/Founder

Jason began his restaurant career as a Burger King hourly employee in 1994, quickly moving up the ranks to General Manager in 1996. He left Burger King in 2003, after being recognized for highest sales and highest profitability. He then progressed to full service dining with Montana Mikes Steakhouses, located throughout central Kansas. During his tenure with Montana Mike’s, he supervised overall operations, including coordination of new construction and personnel/management development. With his leadership, this period of growth in the company was the highest and most progressive in company history.

In his classic entrepreneurial style, Jason conceived and created Mokas Bakery and Bistro in Salina, Kansas in 2005. Mokas continues to thrive with two locations in Salina, and one in Hays, Kansas.

Alyx Zuppan

VP of Administration and Finance

Alyx began her career in the restaurant industry first in high school, then while attending college at Missouri Southern State University, earning a degree in Finance and Economics. She also worked for JRI while she was in college as an accountant/bookkeeper and Assistant Manager for Freddy’s in Joplin and Pittsburg. She then pursued a career in banking and investments as a financial advisor before returning to JRI in July 2014 in her current position as Vice President of Administration and Finance.

Alyx is dedicated to the continued growth of JRI, overseeing all office operations at JRI in Salina, including accounting, human resources and payroll. Her dedication to JRI’s continued growth is evident through employee benefit and HR support for all JRI managed restaurants throughout the United States, and her continued assistance with all employees in their efforts to develop their leadership skills within JRI.

Oran Molovinsky

VP of Operations

Oren began his restaurant career in 1991, with a diverse resume of endeavors, including full-service dining, hotel, retail and catering operations. He attended the University of Maryland and received a certificate of construction supervision at Northern Virginia Community College. Oren oversees all Freddy’s operations for JRI throughout the United States, coordinating new restaurant design and construction with the development team, while also developing and implementing operational processes from his office in Arizona. His strong belief in growing fresh foods through family farming and agricultural land preservation led him to begin an orchard near his home in Arizona.

Oren‘s leadership history with JRI exemplifies the essence of our company’s potential for professional growth as an individual as well as corporate growth. JRI’s dedication to character and integrity allows such growth, and provides the solid foundation upon which the company has flourished.

Steve Howton

VP, Loss Control & Risk Management

Steve joined JRI in 2015, bringing a strong background in sales management at all levels in the retail/rental industry. Steve is a seven-year United States Army veteran, having served in combat in Desert Storm and Desert Falcon. He received his associate’s degree and several military certifications on leadership and training through the Army while he was on active duty. Steve’s military and business management experience are assets to JRI and its rapid growth, as this combination of expertise allows him a unique perspective in assessing all facets of JRI’s growth, while providing guidance and leadership to enhance this pattern of continued development.

As VP of Loss Control and Risk Management, Steve performs loss prevention audits and profit analysis, as well as policy review and revision. Consistent with the mission of JRI, Steve’s expertise helps to enhance the continued growth of the company by managing risk, as well as supporting the unique strengths and professional growth of each employee.

Nathanael Berg

General Counsel

Nathanael practiced employment law at Hampton & Royce, LC in Salina Kansas from 2005 through 2016. During this practice Nathanael represented both employers and employees in issues involving the ADA, FMLA, ADEA, FLSA, and discrimination/harassment claims. Nathanael joined JRI as General Counsel in 2016 and works with human resources and insurance claims, in addition to handling JRI’s legal needs.