In 1998, Mr. Lemek founded Lemek, LLC, the franchisee for Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the state of Maryland. Lemek, LLC currently owns and operates 37 locations. As part of Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation Program®, Lemek, LLC has helped hundreds of local non-profit organizations in the Maryland community through donations of freshly baked goods, gift certificates, and cash sponsorships. Mr. Lemek started his career in 1986 at Davenport Bank and Trust Co., the largest commercial bank in Iowa. He held various positions at the bank until its sale in 1992 to Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Lemek went on to become a partner and retail stockbroker with Beyer & Co., a local Davenport, Iowa, firm. In 1998, after forming Lemek, LLC, Mr. Lemek moved his family from Bettendorf, Iowa, to Chevy Chase, Maryland. Mr. Lemek graduated from St. Ambrose College with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, concentrating in finance.