Doug Schnell brings 25 years of experience in real estate and growth strategy to the Act III team.  Doug has served in a variety of roles spanning restaurants, general merchandise and shopping center development.  Doug’s focus has been to lead teams to develop strategies that deliver sustainable long-term growth that meets both unit-growth targets and ROI objectives. 

Prior to joining Act III and its partner concepts, Doug served as the Senior Vice President of Development Strategy at Panera Bread, where he led growth strategy, prototype development and non-traditional growth.  Doug had a 16-year career at Panera that included both strategic and execution-related roles to help grow the brand from 850 cafes to over 2,300 cafés during his time there.   

Doug started his career at May Department Stores Company (now Macy’s).

Doug holds a B.A. from Carthage College and an M.A. from Miami University (Ohio).  Doug lives in St. Louis and is very proud of his three kids: Claire, Ben, and Jane.

May 2023