April 01, 2008 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Papa Murphy's International, America's take 'n' bake pizza leader and now fifth largest pizza chain in the U.S.,1 today announced the expansion of its Franchise Sales department with the appointment of Gregg Benvenuto to vice president of franchise sales.
"We're aggressively seeking new, multi-unit franchisees in many major metropolitan areas," said Kevin King, PMI's senior vice president of development. "Gregg's focus will be signing area developers in markets where we see the highest potential for multiple locations. I have no doubt that he will play a key role in reaching our goals this year." Papa Murphy's currently operates over 1,060 locations with plans to add more than 150 in 2008.
Benvenuto joins Papa Murphy's following a 16-year stint with Yum! Brands' subsidiary Taco Bell. For the past ten years, Benvenuto held the position of franchise business consultant, leading Taco Bell's Northwestern U. S. expansion efforts with the management of 18 franchise entities in the same region. Benvenuto began his career with Taco Bell in 1992 as an area manager. Prior to this role, Benvenuto was with Atlantic Equipment Company, where he designed layouts for and sold the firm's foodservice equipment.
Benvenuto received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Towson State University in Baltimore Maryland.
Papa Murphy's is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the country and the pioneer of the Take 'N' Bake pizza concept. Papa Murphy's operates over 1,000 locations in 30 states and Canada. The Vancouver, Wash.-based company offers custom-made pizzas featuring high-quality fresh toppings generously layered on pizza dough that is made fresh each morning in each store. Papa Murphy's pizzas are baked at home in customers' ovens for a piping hot, delicious meal whenever they want it. In addition to handmade pizzas, the company offers a growing menu of Take 'N' Bake items, including cheesy bread, lasagna, chocolate chip cookie dough and freshly-made salads. Papa Murphy's has been voted "Best Pizza Chain in America" for five consecutive years by consumers nationwide in the Restaurants and Institutions "Consumers' Choice in Chains" survey. For more information, visit www.papamurphys.com.