|Michael Hamra, Chairman|
Michael K. Hamra is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hamra Enterprises based in Springfield, Missouri. Hamra Enterprises owns and operates 31 Panera bakery-cafes in the greater Chicago area, 16 Panera bakery-cafes in the Boston and greater Boston area, and 28 Wendy's Old Fashion Hamburger restaurants in southwest Missouri. Hamra Enterprises also owns and operates a Holiday Inn Express in Lewisville, Texas. Mr. Hamra is responsible for the strategy, development and operations of these entities.
Prior to joining Hamra Enterprises in 2001, Mr. Hamra practiced law in Washington, D.C. He spent the first three years of his legal career working for the federal government and four years in the private sector. In the private sector, Mr. Hamra was the Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for Metricom, Inc., a high-speed Internet access company providing mobile wireless Internet access to laptop and personal digital assistance users in fifteen markets in the United States. At Metricom, Mr. Hamra ran the Washington, D.C. office and was responsible for all aspects of the company's federal and state regulatory and legislative affairs.
Also in the private sector and prior to joining Metricom, Mr. Hamra was an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. from 1997 to 2000 representing telecommunication clients on regulatory and legislative matters. While at Akin Gump, Mr. Hamra specialized in wireless communications and represented a broad spectrum of telecommunication carriers, including those in the common carrier and satellite business, and specifically advised AT&T on a number of issues.
From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Hamra was the Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor for the Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. While at the FCC, Mr. Hamra drafted a landmark rulemaking that relocated thousands of mobile radio users to new frequency bands creating a national band of frequencies for new commercial users, which is now heavily used by Nextel and Sprint customers.
From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Hamra was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration and served as Special Counsel at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Agency inside the U.S. Department of Commerce where he assisted the Administration in the drafting of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Prior to his position at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Mr. Hamra served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congresswoman Karen McCarthy and as Legislative Counsel for the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Hamra also has represented the United States as a speaker specialist on regulatory policies, and in 2001, Mr. Hamra was commissioned by the U.S. Department of State to serve as a speaker specialist in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia where he assisted the new Yugoslavian government in rewriting the telecommunications law inherited from the Milosevic regime.
Mr. Hamra is currently serves as an elected franchise official on Panera's Franchise Advisory Committee. In addition he is a director on the board of Oakstar Bank and is the Chairman of the Oakstar Bank Holding Company.
Mr. Hamra is a member of Young Presidents Organization and is on the Boston committee for the annual TommorrowNight event raising a significant amount of money each year for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Mr. Hamra also received Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40 award for business achievement and significant contributions to Boston's civic community. Hamra Enterprises and Boston Bread have been recognized by the Springfield Business Journal as a Dynamic Dozen. Boston Bread was recognized in 2006 and Hamra Enterprises was recognized in 2008. In 2009 Wendy's of Missouri was awarded The Founder's Award which is Wendy's International's highest honor and is presented annually to the Outstanding Franchisee that best embodies the values and common-sense business approach of Wendy's founder Dave Thomas.
Mr. Hamra is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (JD '94) and Ohio Wesleyan University (BA ‘91) and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Missouri.