John Gainor

International Dairy Queen

The beloved soft-serve treat brand celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015 with the introduction of DQ Bakes, a hot-sandwich line that IDQ hopes will be its biggest product launch since the Blizzard in 1985. John Gainor, DQ’s CEO since 2008, has guided the Edina-based franchisor to major growth overseas, particularly in the Middle East and Asia/Pacific regions. Growth in U.S. franchises has been stagnant, but DQ Bakes might change that.