James Sponaugle

James Sponaugle, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

James Sponaugle, 44, was appointed to Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer in October 2021. Mr. Sponaugle previously served as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Personnel Development at Utz, having served in this role since February 2020. Prior to joining Utz, from January 2009 until January 2020, Mr. Sponaugle worked at the Stewart Companies family of businesses, a company handling the entire range of construction-related services. Starting with Poole Construction from January 2009 to June 2010, and then moving to Riley Welding and Fabricating, a metal fabrication division of Stewart Companies, a full-service construction-related services company, serving as General Manager and Vice President from June 2010 until March 2018. Mr. Sponaugle was promoted to Executive Vice President and added the responsibility of running Stewart & Tate Construction Industrial Division starting March 2018 through January 2020, while also maintaining his responsibilities at Riley Welding and Fabricating. Mr. Sponaugle started his career with Cintas Corporation in January of 1999, and for close to a decade held various leadership roles in Sales and Operations finishing his career as a General Manager overseeing approximately 55 routes and Service Sales representatives. Cintas is a public company operating nearly 500 facilities in North America - including five manufacturing facilities and eleven distribution centers. Mr. Sponaugle serves on the Board of Directors of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Hanover. Mr. Sponaugle earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Cornell University.