Paciugo Gelato & Caffe Appoints Keith Albright Chief Operating Officer

November 23, 2010 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Paciugo Gelato & Caffè, a family-owned and operated franchisor of authentic Italian gelato, today announced that Keith Albright has been named the company's new Chief Operating Officer. Albright has served as the company's Senior Vice President of Franchising for the past year. He will now oversee franchise operations/relations and marketing, in addition to spearheading the company's domestic and international franchise growth.

"Keith is a natural born leader who well understands franchising," said Ugo Ginatta, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Paciugo Gelato & Caffè. "Since joining our executive team 12 months ago, Keith has added considerable value to the Paciugo brand and its operations, which includes opening our first airport location (Cleveland Hopkins International). We are very pleased about having him take a larger role supporting our growing family of successful franchisees."

Albright, a seasoned franchise veteran with impressive academic credentials, brings more than 25 years of franchise industry experience to Paciugo Gelato & Caffè, having held senior level management positions with national companies including Gold's Gym, Blimpie and Pearle Vision Centers.

"Cristiana, Ugo and Vincent came to the United States 10 years ago, and through extraordinary hard work and dedication, succeeded in building an authentic Italian gelato business from scratch," said Albright. "I am absolutely committed to keeping that passion alive as we and our franchisees continue to bring our award winning gelato, sorbetto and specialty drinks to new customers around the world. I am proud to be a part of the Paciugo team and look forward to the many opportunities that we and our franchisees have ahead of us."

For more information about franchise opportunities, contact Keith Albright, Chief Operating Officer for Paciugo Gelato & Caffè at keith@paciugo.com or (214) 654-9501 ext. 113.

About Paciugo Gelato & Caffè

Paciugo Gelato & Caffè was founded in 2000 when Ugo, Cristiana and Vincenzo Ginatta, inspired by their passion to bring authentic Italian gelato to customers outside of Europe, moved to Dallas, Texas and opened their first gelateria. Since then, the company has grown to 41 franchised locations across the United States and Mexico. Each Paciugo Gelato & Caffè offers over 30 flavors of gelato that are handcrafted with love every morning at each neighborhood location. Cristiana has developed more than 300 recipes, including flavors ranging from Mediterranean Sea Salt Caramel, Blackberry Cabernet, Tiramisù, and Fondente Extra Dark Chocolate to more unusual flavors like Banana Beet and Black Pepper Olive Oil. The menu also includes all-natural, Fair Trade, 100% Arabica coffee and espresso-based drinks, as well as gelato-based specialty desserts. For more information, visit www.paciugo.com.

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