Marco’s Pizza Taps Industry Veterans John Ramsay, Travis Edmondson to Lead Development

Nation’s Fastest Growing Pizza Chain Recruits Best-in-Class Team for
New Era of Growth

TOLEDO, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On track to reach its goal of 1,500 stores open by 2020, Marco’s
, the nation’s fastest growing pizza company, has hired
restaurant industry veterans John Ramsay and Travis Edmonson to continue
strong development through strategic selection of both franchise
partners and new store sites.

An expert in the field with extensive experience in restaurant
development, Ramsay, vice president of franchise development services,
brings nearly three decades of experience in franchising and real
estate. Prior to joining Marco’s Pizza, Ramsay spent 28 years in
restaurant development for leading national brands such as Jack in The
Box, TGI Friday’s, Long John Silver’s and Sbarro. He brings with him an
extensive network of connections in franchising and development on a
regional and national level, and will oversee development of new
territories while driving franchise sales at Marco’s Pizza.

With a strategic focus on franchise sales, Edmonson’s seasoned history
in business development will provide valued insight to the company’s
franchise growth strategy. His main responsibility as vice president of
franchise sales and development will be to orchestrate the development
and execution of effective franchise sales programs. Edmonson’s
background is cemented in the food industry, working with various pizza
and restaurant concepts such as J&H Foods, Cheezies Pizza and Campero
USA on the global and regional levels.

“Marco’s Pizza is only as successful as the people behind the brand,”
said President Bryon Stephens. “As we’re on the fast track to becoming a
1,500-unit brand, the proven track records of John and Travis will
provide us invaluable insight and direction. Enhancing the franchise
development process and experience is especially critical as we continue
on this journey to becoming an even bigger player in the pizza industry.”

Opening a new store every three days, Marco’s Pizza is on track to add
well over 100 new locations this year alone, pushing the brand to 900+
locations open by the end of 2017. Marco’s Pizza’s rapid growth is a
result of its strong corporate backing, ability to take market share,
unit-level profitability, high Italian food standards as well as
capability to attract top talent among its franchisees and corporate

As the only national franchise chain founded by a native Italian,
Marco’s Pizza has carved out a niche in the industry as the expert in
authentic Italian pizza, known for its fresh never-frozen dough made
daily on site, a proprietary cheese blend that is fresh never-frozen and
a secret pizza sauce recipe.

For more information on Marco’s Pizza franchising opportunities, visit
or call 800-836-2074.


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 close to 800 stores in over 30 states and
in four countries. Most recently, Marco’s Pizza was ranked No.38 on
Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, the lead spot for Pizza companies.
Other recent accolades include landing No. 2 on Forbes’ Top
10 Franchises to Invest In in the medium investment range, No. 3 on the
Military Times Best For Vets list, No. 4 on the Franchise Times Fast and
Serious list, and the No. 2 fastest growing U.S. chain on the Nation’s
Restaurant News
 Top 100 report. To inquire about franchise
opportunities with Marco’s Pizza visit


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Alissa Stevens, 847-945-1300