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Josh Schmieg is the Executive Director of the Dairy Queen Operators’ Association and Cooperative. Serving in this role since January 2011, he manages the day to day operations of the association and cooperative and also serves on the Board of Directors of both organizations. Prior to being appointed Executive Director, he served as the Director of Purchasing and Distribution for over 10 years. In that capacity, Josh was responsible for the oversight and management of the supply chain business. Josh is a graduate of Rasmussen College and resides in Chaska, Mn with his wife Tanya and their two children.
Harris Cooper is a familiar name in the DQ and franchising business. He served as President of International Dairy Queen for 17 years and had the charge of unifying the DQ system, increasing their profitability thereby returning the company to financial stability. With these tasks complete, he retired in 1987 and continued consulting for other franchise systems. In 1991 the DQOA Board of Directors hired Harris to develop a purchasing co-op to regain control of cost of goods and increase store profitability. With his years of experience and belief in the DQ owners, Harris assisted the board in attaining their goals. He served as the Executive Director and Board member until January 2011. He now serves as Executive Consultant and General Counsel. His leadership and goal-driven guidance is evident in the successes of the DQOA and DQOC.
Executive Consultant / General Counsel
Region XI - Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee
Jerry Rizer has held the offices of treasurer, vice president and president of the DQOA/DQOC board of directors during his more than 20 years of service. He also served as vice president and president of the Kentucky chapter of DQOA and Designated Marketing Area (DMA) chairman and region vice chairman to the Franchisee Advisory Council (FAC). With 15 years of retail experience under his belt, Jerry began his career with Dairy Queen in 1982 when he purchased his first store in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Today Jerry and his wife, Karen, own and operate two DQ locations in Elizabethtown. Jerry and Karen also serve the DQOA/DQOC as the “designated observers” to the FAC. He and Karen have five children and eight grandchildren.
Region XI - AR, KY, LA, MS, TN
Region VII - Michigan
Dairy Queen runs deep within Gary’s family tree. His parents started in the DQ business in 1959 - nine out of their twelve children eventually followed in their footsteps. Gary and his wife, Pam, joined the DQ team in 1976 and have been proud Dairy Queen owners and operators in Michigan ever since. Today, they manage the two family stores with their son and daughter, Garrett and Janelle; and their son Ryan owns and operates his own store. Gary has been a member of the DQOA/DQOC board of directors since 2003, currently serving as Vice President, and has also served within the Michigan chapter of DQOA for many years. Gary and Pam have six grandchildren.
Region VII - MI
St. Clair, MI
Region V - Wisconsin
Kevin Scheunemann has been a member of DQOA/DQOC board of directors since 2002, currently serving as Treasurer. In 1998 he bought and still owns his first store in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, and has owned and operated seven full Dairy Queen Grill & Chill stores throughout the state. Kevin has received numerous awards for his outstanding service to Dairy Queen over the years including: International Dairy Queen Drive-thru Champion and numerous awards for CMN fundraising. He also has served as vice chair of the Milwaukee Designated Marketing Area (DMA) and as a director for the Wisconsin Dairy Queen Storeowners’ Association. He currently serves as village president (“mayor”) for the village of Kewaskum. Kevin and his wife, Karen, live in Kewaskum, Wisconsin with their children Alyssa, Kaitlyn, Peyton and Stuart.
Region V - WI
Region IX - Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Ken Morley began his DQ Career in 1996 when he and Audra, his wife, bought their first store from Audra’s parents. They currently own and operate a DQ Restaurant in the Columbus, Ohio area. Ken has served as his local DMA Chairperson, and is currently serving on the board of his regional association NESO (Northeastern Store Owners’ Association). He has held a seat on the DQOA/DQOC Board of Directors since January 2010, currently serving as Secretary.
Region IX - OH, PA and WV
Canal Winchester, OH
Region II - Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah
Kevin Allen and Kathy his wife of 36 years own and operate three Dairy Queen locations in the Phoenix market. Kevin has served the DQ brand over the years in many capacities. He was the Phoenix DMA chair for 8 years and served on the Arizona DAC (Distribution Advisory Committee) for 18 years, Franchisee Advisory Council (FAC) Representative for Region 2 for two years. Kevin is currently the President and Executive Director of the Arizona Dairy Queen Operators Association and has been a member of DQOA/DQOC board of directors since 2002. Kevin and Kathy have three grown children and their oldest son, Andy works in the company as General Manager. They have four grand children with more on the way. The Allen’s are all about family and love spending time together.
Region II - AZ, CA, CO, NV, NM, OK, TX, UT
Region IV - Minnesota
Don has been involved in the Dairy Queen system since 1962. He purchased his first store in 1982 from his parents. Don and his wife Cindi have owned several different Dairy Queens from full food stores to just Treats. Don and Cindi currently own two Dairy Queens in Minnesota. Don was president of the Minnesota state association for many years as well as Minneapolis DMA chairman. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Accounting degree. Don loves to play golf and enjoy time with his family.
Region IV - Minnesota
Lexington and New Brighton, MN
Region X - Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Dairy Queen has been a way of life in the Gallo family for more than forty years. Lou and his wife Jean, along with Lou's mom, purchased their first store in Wappinger Falls, N.Y. in 1972. Since then, they have raised four daughters and a son. Currently, they operate a store in Newburgh N.Y., and along with Lou's brother, still operate the store in Wappinger Falls. Lou also contributes to his local community as a volunteer EMT and fireman for the past 30 years.
Region X - CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT
Newburgh and Wappinger Falls, NY
Region III - Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota
Aaron and his wife, Jody are third generation owners of a Dairy Queen in Central City, Nebraska. Aaron’s grandparents and parents owned and operated the store he now owns for approximately 40 years and have built it into what it is today. He credits them for the success he now enjoys and looks forward to the challenge of constantly improving the business. His wife Jody, a labor and delivery nurse for over 10 years, now helps with the day to day operations of the store as well as manages the busy schedules of three young sons; Dyson, Cole and Bryce. Aaron is the newest member of the DQOA board. He also serves as the Deputy County Attorney of Merrick County on a part time basis. Aaron enjoys spending time with his family and participating in his sons’ sports activities.
Region III - IA, KS, NE, ND, SD
Central City, NE
Region VI - Illinois and Missouri
Michael Leeper has filled several roles within the DQOA/DQOC board of directors, including President, Vice President and Treasurer. Michael and his wife of over 35 years own four Dairy Queen locations in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Over the years, he has taken on numerous leadership roles, providing service to the St. Louis Ad Committee, St. Louis Designated Marketing Area (DMA), St. Louis Franchisee Advisory Council (FAC) and St. Louis CMN Committee. When taking a break from Dairy Queen matters, Michael enjoys playing golf. Michael and Mary have four daughters and seven grandchildren.
Region VI - IL and MO
St. Louis, MO
S: 314-353-1244 (Hampton Ave)
S: 636-390-9797(Bieker Rd)
Region VIII - Indiana
Mark Shupe bought his first Dairy Queen in 1995 and currently owns two stores in Indiana. In addition to his position on the DQOC board, he served on the Indiana DQOA board of directors for fifteen years. Mark and his wife Kathy have two college age sons. Mark is also a football official in the ACC.
Region VIII - IN
Greenwood, IN 46143
Region XII - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia
For over 40 years, Vic Tobler’s long hours and commitment to service have earned his Dairy Queen Brazier a spot on the Top 20-selling Dairy Queen stores in the Atlanta Designated Marketing Area (DMA). He purchased his first store location in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1970. Vic served thirteen years as chairman for the Atlanta DMA, six years on his state’s Franchisee Advisory Council (FAC) and is a member of the South Eastern chapter of DQOA known as S.E.S.O.A., which includes the states of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. He has been a member of the DQOA/DQOC board of directors since 2000. Vic and his wife, Carol, have two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Region XII - AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA
Powder Springs, GA
DQOA Region VIII - Indiana
Ted Zirkelbach, a graduate of Indiana University with a BA in Mathematics has worked in the Dairy Queen business since 1969 when he was in high school. Since starting his Dairy Queen career in a walk-up store in Evansville, Indiana, a franchise he and his wife, Janet, bought 26 years later, Ted has received a number of awards in recognition of his performance in the DQ system: The Golden Cone, The Silver Cone and a Miracle Maker CMN award to name a few. Ted bought his first store in 1989. He served on the Indiana DQOA Board of Directors as member and as President, and he was also the Chairman of the Evansville DMA for several years. Ted became a member of the DQOA Board of Directors in 2007. He and Janet have two daughters, Michelle and Nicole, and four grandchildren.
Jerry Coyne has worn many hats in over fifty years in the DQ business. He began a high school job on the clean up crew which eventually grew into a District Manager job with the T.O. This led to a variety of positions with ADQ including Western Regional Warehouse Manager. After twenty years with the company he continued his DQ experience as owner of three stores in West Virginia. In the 70s Jerry began serving the North Eastern Store Owners’ Association (NESO) as their Executive Secretary and Treasurer, a position he held until 2014. He continues to serve as Treasurer. He has also served the DQOA for over 25 years serving as President and Secretary. Jerry’s contributions have been many to the DQ system, the association and his fellow franchisees. He was one of the directors who spearheaded the formulation of the Dairy Queen Operators’ Co-op. He currently serves as Director Emeritus.
1239 Showers Lane
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Open Director Positions
Region I- ID, MT, OR, WA, WY