With registration now open for Conscious Capitalism’s 11th Annual CEO Summit (October 10-12 in Austin, TX), we are so excited to announce our first keynote speaker: Panera Bread founder, chairman and CEO, Ron Shaich.
Under Ron’s leadership, Panera was the first and only national restaurant chain with a menu free of artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners and colors from artificial sources. Its loyalty program was the largest in the industry at 25 million members with half of transactions made through the program.
The result: Panera is the best-performing restaurant stock when measured over the last 20 years, delivering a total shareholder return of 9,753% from April 18, 1997 to April 24, 2017, compared to 210% for the S&P 500 during the same time period. Indeed, Panera’s stock has generated annualized returns of 26% in the same time frame.