In Case You Missed It! – R. Daniel Soules ’76

May 21st, 2015 Posted in In Case You Missed It

Editor’s Note: R. Daniel Soules ’76 was originally run in the fall/winter 2011 edition of The Spartan.

Dan SoulesDan Soules and his business partner Mark Dunn, of Grant Avenue Development, Inc. (GAD), received the Small Business of the Year 15+ Years award from the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, which recognizes demonstrated staying power with a commitment to community involvement and community projects. They have been tremendous supporters of education by their contributions to the Auburn Education Foundation and numerous youth programs. GAD also supports local charities and organizations, such as Matthew House, United Way, YMCA, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Auburn Doubledays and the “Ride for Missing Children.”

Currently, Soules and Dunn own and operate 35 Arby’s Restaurants in three states. With their first restaurant in Geneva in 1986, Grant Avenue Development came into existence. Dan is senior partner in Soules & Dunn Development Group; is president and CEO of GAD; and is partner and owner in a multitude of business management and real estate concepts. Soules’ companies employ over 500 employees in four states.

As an active member of the community, Dan has served on the boards of Cayuga Museum, the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Cayuga County. In 2007, he was recognized by the Weedsport Central School District with the Graduate of Distinction award. He and his companies have donated millions to related charities and non-profit programs. Recently, he, along with his siblings, pledged a $25,000 scholarship to Weedsport Central School. The scholarship is for a Weedsport graduate enrolling in the new Entrepreneurial Studies program at CCC and is in memory of their mother, Julie Briggs. Dan’s wife and best friend in life, Karol, was recently re-elected for a second term to the Auburn school board; they have two sons, Corey and Conor.

Update: Dan Soules was Cayuga Community College’s 2015 Commencement Speaker, on May 17, 2015.

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