CEO, Member of the Board of Directors
As our Chief Executive Officer, Arnold oversees the entirety of our day-to-day business, including production and purchasing operations for our restaurants and our full line of products in supermarket distribution; he leads our strategy and planning functions as well. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009.
Arnold is a successful, serial entrepreneur with over 40 years in the food and restaurant business, including extensive retail and food service experience. An innovative entrepreneur, Arnold developed the technology that allowed for the mass production of the classic New York-style par-baked bagel and its introduction into many fast-food systems. He co-founded Arnie's Bagelicious Bagels, Inc. in 1991 to manufacture and distribute bagel products through in-store retail bakeries and food service; the company was sold to the Quaker Oats Company in 1994. Arnie's Bagels customers included McDonald's, Disney World, Dunkin' Donuts, Friendly's, A&P Supermarkets and other major national chains.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Arnold owned and operated several retail "hand rolled" bagel shops where he perfected his formula. He was also a franchisee owner of one of the highest-grossing Carvel Ice Cream shops in New York City for 10 years, and was instrumental in bringing Froze Fruit, an all-natural fruit dessert on a stick, to market.