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Ron Shaich

Co-founder

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Ron Shaich is the co-founder of Panera Bread and Au Bon Pain, and is the Chairman and lead investor in Cava, Tatte, Life Alive, and Level99. He is the author of recent best-seller Know What Matters: Lessons from a Lifetime of Transformations.

Today, Shaich invests through Act III Holdings, a $1 billion+ evergreen investment vehicle. Under Shaich, Panera generated annualized returns of 25% and was the best performing stock in the industry.

Often credited with defining the $300 billion+ fast casual segment and disrupting industry paradigms to find ways to build companies of value, Shaich has been presented the prestigious Nation’s Restaurant News Pioneer Award.

“There’s nothing I find more satisfying than satiating my own curiosity, and listening is a process of trying to make sense of it.”