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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.
Region VIII - Indiana
Mark Shupe bought his first Dairy Queen in 1995 and currently owns one store 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
Mooresville, IN 46143
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 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 V - Wisconsin
Kevin Scheunemann has been a member of DQOA/DQOC board of directors since 2002. In 1998 he bought and still owns his first store in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, has owned and operated seven full Dairy Queen Grill & Chill stores throughout the state and now owns the Jackson and West Bend, Wisconsin stores. 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. Kevin and his wife, Karen, live in Kewaskum, Wisconsin with their children Alyssa, Kaitlyn, Peyton, Stuart, and Piper.
Region V - WI
Kewaskum and Jackson, WI
Region XI - Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee
Jason and his wife Amber own two stores in Elizabethtown, KY. They were preceded in their position by Jerry and Karen Rizer(Amber’s parents). Jason has been with the Dairy Queen system since 2011, with 15 years prior experience in the food service industry. Jason credits Jerry for all he has learned about Dairy Queen and the DQOA. Jason and Amber have five children, the oldest of which works at DQ. Jason is an avid sports fan and enjoys coaching baseball and helping youth in the area.
Region XI - AR, KY, LA, MS, TN
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 one Dairy Queen 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
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. In the 1980's, Lou spent some time on the DAC. 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 II - Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah
Eric’s family has been in the Dairy Queen business since 1973 when his parents bought their first store. He opened his first store in Tucson, AZ in 2005. Currently, Eric serves as the Executive Director and President of the Arizona Dairy Queen Operators Association. In addition to his original store, Eric is the managing partner of three other locations he owns with his sisters. He is married to Jessica who works as a Cardiac Nurse Practitioner and they have 4 sons and 1 daughter in-law. Eric likes spending time with family, teaching the college group at his church, watching sports, and playing golf.
Region II - AZ, CA, CO, NV, NM, OK, TX, UT
Tucson and Vail, AZ
Region VII - Michigan
Dairy Queen runs deep within Gary’s family tree. His parents started in the DQ business in 1959 - ten 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 a store with their son, Garrett; and their son Ryan owns and operates his own store. Gary has been a member of the DQOA/DQOC board of directors since 2003, and has also served within the Michigan chapter of DQOA for many years. Gary and Pam have seven grandchildren.
Region VII - MI
St. Clair, MI
Region IX - Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Keith has been at his current store location for a little over 20 years. He was preceded in his position by his mother and step-father. Keith has been serving on the NESO board for several years. Keith credits his mother for teaching him everything there is to know about running the Dairy Queen business and how much passion it takes to run it gracefully. Keith has three children; his youngest Jacob works as a manager in his store. Keith likes to stay up to date on local events and staying involved in his community day in and day out.
Region IX - OH, PA and WV
Region XII - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia
For over 46 years, Vic Tobler’s long hours and commitment to service have earned his Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 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 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. 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
Open Director Positions
Region I- ID, MT, OR, WA, WY
Region VI- Illinois and Missouri