A dream achieved: From menial labor to Panera exec.

COURTESY PANERA BREAD/
HOWLEY BREAD
LIVING THE DREAM: Coming to the U.S. in 1984, Bahjat Shariff has worked his way from a cook at Kentucky Fried Chicken to now operating partner and senior vice president of operations of Panera Bread/Howley Bread Group.
COURTESY PANERA BREAD/ HOWLEY BREAD LIVING THE DREAM: Coming to the U.S. in 1984, Bahjat Shariff has worked his way from a cook at Kentucky Fried Chicken to now operating partner and senior vice president of operations of Panera Bread/Howley Bread Group.
In May 1984, Bahjat Shariff, born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, then in the midst of the 1982 Lebanon War, arrived in Los Angeles with a dream to start a new life in the United States, with the support of parents he left behind in his war-torn, native land. He was just 18 years old…
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