THE COLONY, Texas, Nov. 18, 2010 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // -- Pizza Inn, Inc. (Nasdaq:PZZI) has appointed Kendra Shier to the position of Vice President of Marketing. A restaurant and marketing veteran with more than 20 years of industry experience, she joins Pizza Inn's executive team at a critical time in the brand's reinvention and expansion. "We're very excited to name Kendra to this post as we move the brand forward and embrace our loyal customer base while growing our restaurant network and reaching new audiences," said Charlie Morrison, President and CEO of Pizza Inn.
Morrison added that Shier's focus will play a critical role as Pizza Inn continues to add new locations, advances its new restaurant design, remodels existing locations and earns a much larger share of the market that loves quality food.
"I am thrilled to be guiding the brand direction for a 52 year-old iconic brand," Shier says. "The Pizza Inn brand represents some of my most precious childhood memories as well as that of hundreds of thousands of Pizza Inn fans across the globe. I am excited about joining a passionate, visionary leadership team that already has a solid strategic plan that is sure to catapult this brand into the future. The gloves are off, and we are here to make an indelible mark on the pizza industry."
Shier recently served as Vice President of Brand Development at The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., with 128 franchised and four corporate-owned locations. Prior to that, she worked as Director of Sales and Marketing for SEGA GameWorks in Grapevine, Texas. She also served as Director of Advertising for Travelhost magazine and Director of US Sales at Tracom/American Iron Horse Motorcycles.
Shier is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in corporate telecommunications specializing in marketing. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and serves on the executive board of the National Restaurant Association's Marketing Executive Group.
Headquartered in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, TX, Pizza Inn, Inc., is an international pizza chain featuring traditional and specialty pizzas, as well as freshly made pastas, sandwiches, and desserts. Founded in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn (Nasdaq:PZZI) franchises approximately 315 restaurants and directly owns and operates four restaurants. For more information, please visit www.pizzainn.com.
Pizza Inn is seeking single- and multi-unit franchisees to help grow the company's network of restaurants in the region. More information on franchise opportunities with Pizza Inn is available at www.pizzainn.com or by contacting Dino Chavez, Director of Franchise Development, at (800) 284-3466.