Donald Strang III is Chairman and CEO of Strang Corporation, which currently operates two specialty restaurants (Don’s Lighthouse Grille and Don’s Pomeroy House) in Cleveland, Ohio. Don is also Chief Executive Officer of American Bread Company LLC (ABC), and American Salons LLC. American Bread Company operates over forty Panera Bread Bakery Cafes in the Philadelphia and Salt Lake City markets. American Salons operates six Sola Salons in Maryland and Ohio.
Previously, Don was the President and Chief Operating Officer for Apple American Group. Apple American Group, formed in 1984, was one of the first franchisees in the Applebee’s system and was one of its largest franchisees at the time of its sale in November 2001.
Don is currently on the Franchisee Advisory Council of Panera and is an active member of the Cleveland Chapter of YPO Gold.
Don graduated from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and received his M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.