JEM Management Corp.
is a Fresno, California
based corporation that includes the two franchises
, and JEM Farms, a walnut ranch in Butte County
in northern California
. The Wendy's franchise was granted to Joseph F. Desmond
by founder Dave Thomas
, and Desmond has since built JEM into an organization that currently (as of 2005
) owns and operates 23 Wendy's restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area
and California Central Valley
. The acronym JEM represents Joan, Edna, and Margaret, franchisee Desmond's second daughter, late wife, and first daughter, respectively.
It owns the San Jose restaurant where, in 2005, Anna Ayala claimed that she found a human finger in her chili. Ayala threatened to sue JEM, but has since admitted planting the finger herself, pleaded guilty to grand larceny, and has been sentenced to prison.