Marco’s Pizza Goes Extra Step to Bring Business Opportunities to Veterans

New Vice President of Veteran’s Programs and Recruiting Will Build on
Strong Foundation

TOLEDO, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Noting the number of military veterans who prosper as franchisees in its
growing franchise system of 700 stores, Marco’s Pizza took the extra
step to formalize a veteran recruitment arm and hired 20-year U.S. Army
veteran Scott Quagliata to oversee the operation.

In the newly created role of Vice President of Veterans’ Program and
Recruiting, Quagliata is tasked with attracting additional military
veterans into the Marco’s Pizza franchise system and helping set them up
to thrive. The company has noted the strength and success of several
veterans, such as Joe
Walker
, named Top Franchisee at Marco’s last year. After four years
serving on active duty in the U.S. Army, including tours in Iraq, Walker
joined Marco’s Pizza just five years ago and already owns a total of 16
locations, with an additional four locations in various stages of
development. Because of stories like Walker’s, Marco’s Pizza used its
top-grading hiring practices to onboard Quagliata and develop a veteran
recruitment arm.

Having served in the Army with Walker, Quagliata first became interested
in owning a Marco’s Pizza franchise himself. While attending a Discovery
Day to learn more about the brand, he was deemed a perfect fit by
Marco’s Pizza President & COO, Bryon Stephens, to join the franchise
development team in the specific role of facilitating passionate
disciplined veteran leaders into the Marco’s Pizza management/ownership
pipeline.

“Coming from outside of the pizza world with a strong military
background, Scott brings with him distinctive leadership skills that
will take our recruitment efforts to new heights,” Stephens said. “He
brings a personal connection that aligns with the Marco’s commitment to
the military community. He understands firsthand the transition of
military veterans and the benefits of joining a proven franchise system.”

As part of his new role, Quagliata will also work toward formalizing an
apprenticeship program designed to create paths to business ownership
for aspiring entrepreneurs who may not necessarily have the means to
pursue their dreams through traditional channels. The program, to be
announced later this year, will offer comprehensive training, mentorship
and financing to qualified candidates, which include employees of
Marco’s Pizza stores.

“Having transitioned from the military myself, I understand how to help
our veterans enter back into the civilian workforce,” said Quagliata.
“The upcoming apprenticeship program will create a phenomenal vehicle to
help them do so.”

Quagliata’s appointment comes during a monumental growth year for
Marco’s Pizza. With plans to open 150 new stores this year, averaging at
least one opening every three days, the company is on track to reach
1,000 locations by 2017. The development of the apprenticeship program
serves as an innovative way to continue growth with a hard-working,
dedicated, accountable team as Marco’s Pizza expands its footprint
nationwide.

About Marco’s Pizza

Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza is the fastest-growing
pizza company in the United States (based on the number of stores signed
into development since 2007). Marco’s was founded in 1978 by Italian
born, Pasquale (“Pat”) Giammarco and thrives by making Italian Pizza
with fresh ingredients. The company has grown from its roots as a
beloved Ohio brand to operate more than 700 stores in 35 states, the
Bahamas, Puerto Rico and India. To inquire about franchise opportunities
with Marco’s Pizza visit www.marcosfranchising.com.

Contacts

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