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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, Jackson, West Bend, 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 four children. Jason enjoys family time and being involved in the community. Jason and Amber enjoy helping law enforcement and other organizations with youth programs and events.
Region XI - AR, KY, LA, MS, TN
Region IV - Minnesota
In 1975, Heather’s parents became franchisees of their first DQ in Prior Lake, MN and later built and opened another store in Savage. Heather and her brother started working at ages 5 and 9. She worked all through high school and managed on weekends during college. In 1994, she graduated from SCSU with a double major in International Business and Spanish. After graduation, she managed the Prior Lake store full time, until 1995 when she started a 12 year career with Polaris. She continued to work at the Savage DQ nights and weekends until travel limited that to helping on just weekends. In 2006, her Dad passed away and she was laid off from Polaris. It was a blessing in disguise which allowed Heather to have a life again, start a family, and take over the Savage DQ. She always knew she’d come back to DQ- it was just a matter of when! Since 2007 she has been the General Manager of the Savage DQ.
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
As a third generation Dairy Queen owner, Ryan has grown up in the DQ business. Both Ryan’s parents and his grandparents before them, owned several stores over the past 65 years. Ryan, along with his wife Dana and their two children, currently operate their Dairy Queen in Pontiac, Michigan, a location that has been in the family for 50 years and continues to grow and be a staple in the community. Ryan currently serves as the Vice President for the Michigan chapter of the DQOA, which he has done for the past ten years.
Region VII - 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 50 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- IL, MO