In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we sat down with a few Wingstop team members to have important conversations about their cultural background, what this month symbolizes for them, and how Wingstop encourages them to embrace their flavor every day.
Felicia Galindo, General Manager
To me, Hispanic Heritage Month is full of celebration and remembering who I am and where I come from. As the only daughter in my family that carries both Mexican and American blood, I have always been the “odd” child because I never was “Latin enough” or “White enough” to fit in with either my siblings or cousins. However, I grew to appreciate the fact that I was able to learn more and dig more into both sides. I am proud of my roots and I’m thankful I get to share this culture with my daughter.
I am thankful that I can share my culture with my staff and embrace them in their own culture. Wingstop is a place of acceptance no matter where you come from. Being a Wingstop Latina GM is a game-changer.
Jonathan Maya, International Regional Business Director
Wingstop allows me to stay authentic to my roots and encourages me to bring out all the flavors my culture has to offer. I am able to highlight the vast differences we have in our American market by sharing the best practices each market has to offer. We love to have fun and celebrate all our wins!
Being from a Hispanic culture connects me to my family and friends from home – even though I may be chasing my dreams in a different country.
John Pugh, Director of Franchise Sales
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time of year when I reflect on the deep admiration that I have for my family and all that they have accomplished and contributed to the unique story of the United States of America. In particular, my mom Josephina “Josie” Maria Limas Rivas Pugh has always been my inspiration. She was not a native English speaker, and this proved to be a significant barrier growing up in a tough Indiana steal town in the 1950s. She persevered, became a straight A student in high school and put herself through nursing school. She went on to become the head emergency room nurse at one of the largest hospitals in Southern California. She has saved countless lives in the emergency room working weekend nights for 40 years. Her selfless devotion to her family helped all three of her children to graduate from college. Celebrating her story within my family and with those that we love is a special part of Hispanic Heritage Month for me.
I am thankful that Wingstop’s culture lets me express my pride in who I am and the love that I have for my family.