PITTSBURGH, PA - (Marketwire - Feb 4, 2013) - Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation (PINKSHEETS: UPZS) today announced it has appointed Vaughan Lazar, Co-Founder and CEO of Pizza Fusion Holdings, to its Board of Directors. On August 29, 2012, the Company announced it had signed a Definitive Agreement to acquire privately held Pizza Fusion Holdings, with closing expected in early 2013.
Mr. Lazar co-founded Pizza Fusion Holdings, the #1 green franchise in North America, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2006. Pizza Fusion is an eco-friendly provider of handcrafted, organic and all natural gourmet pizzas, and the nation's first fast, casual restaurant serving organic pizza, salads, sandwiches and beverages, as well as the world's first restaurant chain to adopt organic restaurant certification.
James Vowler, Unique Pizza and Subs President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, "Vaughan is a savvy marketing professional and innovative entrepreneur with a strong track record of success. We are delighted to have his knowledge and experience in marketing and eco-friendly business practices on our Board, as we work to aggressively expand the Pizza Fusion brand and global footprint."
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Lazar said, "I am excited to join the Board and look forward to leveraging Unique Pizza's expertise in franchise operations and complementary brand with that of Pizza Fusion's emphasis on a natural, organic offering to foster our growth."
Mr. Lazar oversees the entire marketing and environmental stewardship of Pizza Fusion, from product innovation and social media initiatives to brand marketing, which has garnered Pizza Fusion the title of the "Greenest Restaurant in America" by several publications as well as "Hottest Concept" by Nation's Restaurant News. Prior to co-founding Pizza Fusion in 2006, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Stellar Concepts & Design, Inc., an advertising, design and printing firm which he founded and built to over $5 million in annual revenues.
Mr. Lazar currently sits on the board of the National Restaurant Association's "Conserve Action Council" along with executives from other significant companies including Starbucks, Chipotle, Subway, and McDonalds. He is also active in a number of non-profit organizations and was recently appointed Vice-Chair of the City of Boca Raton's Green Living Alliance Board to improve environmental awareness in the city and develop a plan for educating and involving residents in environmental activities.
Founded in 2006, Boca Raton, FL-based Pizza Fusion is an all-natural pizza restaurant chain offering fresh, natural, and healthier foods at its eco-friendly locations worldwide. With its natural, 75 percent organic menu and eco-friendly franchise concept, it was the winner of the 2010 Hot Concept Award, by Nation's Restaurant News.
The restaurant maintains high standards for eco-friendly operations and procedures, building its locations according to LEED certification standards. The restaurant serves up a three-course menu for lunch and dinner, featuring a delicious assortment of fresh salads, appetizers, artisan pizzas, sandwiches, and desserts. For more information on Pizza Fusion or to view its menu, visit http://www.pizzafusion.com; follow Pizza Fusion on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pizzafusion and Twitter@PizzaFusion.
Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation engages in franchising, conversions, and ownership and operation of pizza and sub shops. Its highly cost effective franchise business model enables the prolific roll up and rebranding of existing "mom and pop" pizza restaurants under the Unique Pizza and Subs brand. In August 2012, the Company announced signing a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Pizza Fusion Holdings, the #1 green franchise in North America.
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