Shaich was awarded the 2011 MUFSO Pioneer Award for being one of the most significant contributors to the history of the foodservice industry. Past winners have included Colonel Harland Sanders, Ray Kroc, Norman Brinker and J. Willard Marriott, Sr. He was awarded IFMA’s Gold Plate Award for being the outstanding leader in the industry in 2005. As well, he has twice received the Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award, which is given to figures who exemplify success and leadership in food service.
Shaich has also been a national finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. The Company and Shaich’s innovative management style have been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, The Economist, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News and ABC World News Tonight and in several books. As well, Shaich frequently represents Panera Bread on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox News Channel.
Shaich serves as President of the Panera Bread Foundation and spearheaded the Panera Cares initiative, through which the Foundation creates nonprofit community cafes aimed at addressing issues related to food insecurity. Shaich formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Clark University and on the Boards of the Rashi School, the Lown Cardiovascular Foundation, The Alliance for Business Leadership and the Massachusetts Financial Literacy Trust Fund. He is also a co-founder of No Labels, an organization that promotes bipartisan political problem solving.
Shaich received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Clark University. He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Nancy, and children, Michael and Emma.