Board of Directors
Chairman & CEO, Apple Metro, Inc.
Executive Committee Member / Co-Chair Heroes' Night / Co-Chair Executive Education Program / Past Chairman
Zane Tankel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, in 1962 with a B.S. in Economics. He is a founding partner and CEO of Apple-Metro, Inc., the franchisee which operates Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in the New York Metro area.
Zane serves as a Board Member and Chairman of the Compensation Committee for Aly Energy Services, Inc., and Board Member of Caribbean Restaurant Group, Owners and Operators of Burger King restaurants in the Caribbean. Zane is also a Founding Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
A tireless advocate and supporter of many causes ranging from regional to international, Zane was a former Chairman of the Metro Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), founder of the advisory board for the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem and, at one time served on the executive committee of Bridging the Rift. Before its dissolution, BTR was an international initiative in conjunction with Stanford and Cornell Universities and the governments of Israel and Jordan focused on the creation of peace in the Middle East through education and scientific innovation. A member of President Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Committee in 1976, his printing company at the time coordinated printed materials for the 1976 and 1980 campaigns.
Zane's personal life reflects the same verve and intensity as his business pursuits, including being named a member of the “Everest Light” Canadian Mount Everest Expedition, 1984 North Pole Expedition as well as making four trans-Atlantic crossings in a 42' sailboat. Zane currently holds a second – degree black belt in Karate and is an avid cyclist.
Zane and his wife Joan have two daughters, Melani and Nicole.