Pizza Patron Honors Top Franchise Partners

Nation's #1 Latino Pizza Brand Presents Franchise Awards at Annual Conference

DALLAS, Dec. 18 // PRNewswire // -- Pizza Patron, the premier Latino pizza brand, honored the outstanding business achievements of several of its franchise partners when it held its second annual Franchise Conference in South Padre Island, Texas.

Franchise partners from six states gathered to meet, socialize and compare notes with other Pizza Patron owners from across the country. Andrew Gamm, director of Brand Development for Pizza Patron, recognized the winning franchisees for their distinguished record during the event's final awards dinner.

"As our company grows, it is important for us to honor those partners whose dedication and commitment reflect our highest standards," said Gamm. "Their contributions to the brand are meaningful and deeply appreciated by everyone on the corporate team."

San Antonio partners Charles Loflin and Chris Partyka received the top award 'Patron of the Year' for their dedication to excellence in every aspect of their multi-unit operations. Prerequisites for consideration included food quality, customer service, store cleanliness, growth, brand commitment and vision.

Phoenix partners Jason, Carl and Margaret LeVecke were presented the 'BCE (Brand Compliance Evaluation) Performance Champion' trophy for highest average scores in their quarterly store operation evaluations. Franchise partners Randy and Raquel Finley, who own stores throughout Texas, took home the 'Top Sales' award for one of their high-traffic stores in Dallas.

Other notable mentions include Waco, Texas store owner Miguel 'Angel' Soto for 'Most Improved Sales' and Gigantic Color, a Dallas based vendor-partner, who accepted the first annual 'Vendor of the Year' award for service and quality that consistently exceeded expectations.

"We are very proud of our Brand Partners," said Antonio Swad, founder of Pizza Patron Inc. "No one can achieve great things alone. We are surrounded by talented, passionate people with integrity, and that makes all things possible."

Pizza Patron has nearly 90 franchises in more than 30 markets and expects to generate more than $30 million in sales this year.

About Pizza Patron

Pizza Patron was founded by Antonio Swad in 1986. Since franchising began in March 2003, the brand has grown from four locations in Dallas to 84 locations in six states, with more than 40 additional stores under development. Pizza Patron features festive, Latin-influenced pizza stores that are community-based in Spanish-speaking or predominately Hispanic neighborhoods. Since 2006, Pizza Patron has expanded its menu to include new items such as Patron Dippers(TM), Fiesta Wings(TM), BreadStix(TM), QuesoStix(TM) and ChurroStix(TM). Additionally, they successfully rolled-out their LISTA-NOW READY(TM) pizza program nationally. The carry-out pizza chain also features a variety of different store models including DINE-IN, RAPIDITO(TM) (airports/malls), TIENDITA(TM) (portable mini-store extension) and their LISTA DRIVE-THRU(TM) concept. All pizza dough is made fresh throughout the evening; no preservatives are added or needed. The sauce is prepared fresh in the stores from crushed Roma tomatoes and marinated with a secret blend of herbs and spices. Only 100% mozzarella cheese is used on all pizzas. X-Large pizzas are offered at prices as low as $6 for cheese and one topping and $4 for the same medium AMIGO PIZZA(TM). An X-Large 'La Patrona' deluxe pizza with everything is priced as low as $8.

SOURCE Pizza Patron

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