Dan and Janey Cooke are both native to Cleveland and graduated from Cleveland High School. After high school, Dan attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Janey attended Cleveland State Community College. As business leaders in the community, both believe you should try to leave things better than you found them and part of their job was to give back to the community.
Together, Dan and Janey own and operated Cooke’s Food Store, Fresh N Low grocery stores, and multiple Panera Bread franchises. Dan is also the Chief Manager of CSC Investments and is a member of the Tennessee Grocers Association. Because of Dan’s outstanding business success, he has been awarded the M. C. Headrick Award and the Mel Bedwell Small Business Award.
Janey’s involvement in the community is an impressive list of accolades. She has received the Charlotte Througood Women of Impact Award, the Empowering Women of the Year Award, and the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award. Janey has been active in many civic organizations including Sunrise Rotary and Civitan. She has served as a board member for United Way of the Ocoee Region, Baylor School Parent Advisory Board, Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the Museum and Cultural Center at 5 Points, and the original team for Cleveland’s Kids on the Block. Janey was raised in a family where giving back was inbred in them and she said “it becomes a part of you. Seeing need and reaching out to give is a natural way of giving. My brother and I had parents who always gave to others and we were both blessed in many ways because of this, and we continue and always try to do the same from our hearts.”
Dan and Janey have two daughters, Britney and Lindsey. They also have two grandsons, Tristan and Jackson. The family are members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland.