June 27, 2013 // Franchising.com // WHITEWATER, WI – Toppers Pizza, an eclectic franchise pizza delivery brand, is excited to announce Chris Schneider as the 2013 Manager of the Year, a man who has proved his dedication to and passion for the brand time and time again. Schneider is a Toppers enthusiast whose commitment to excellent operations, staff development, sales growth and superb guest service led him to this impressive award.
“A great restaurant manager assembles a fabulous team and delivers the quality food and fast, friendly service that earns the loyalty of customers that drives our business. While the Toppers concept and commitment to quality is a key component, Toppers wildly successful and sustained growth must be attributed to the execution of store managers across the system,” said Scott Gittrich, President and CEO of Toppers Pizza. “Chris’s commitment to excellence and people development resulted in record sales performance, record profits, and top of class results in a wide range of customer driven audit metrics. His fiery personality and leadership was an important part of Toppers Pizza having a record year of sales and growth for the 21st year in a row.”
Before joining the Toppers team, Schneider worked as a bicycle mechanic – a profession he’s since turned into a hobby on his own bike. Initially beginning with Toppers as a delivery driver, Schneider worked his way up the ladder at several locations, including Whitewater, Wisc., downtown Milwaukee and DeKalb, Ill. In addition to this award, Schneider was also promoted from manager to Corporate Area Supervisor.
“Winning this award was so exciting, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my incredible team,” Schneider said. “The staff at all of the stores I’ve had the chance to be a part of have been so passionate and supportive.”
Along with its ability to tap into the most influential demographic, millennials, Toppers has made a name for itself as an innovator of eclectic and unique menu items. Differentiating itself from the competition, 70 percent of Toppers’ sales come from items not traditionally found on competitors’ menus, including its signature item, Topperstix.
“Our company’s achievements can be attributed not only to our unique food but also to our passionate team who has given us the fuel to surpass the 50-unit mark with no plans of slowing down,” said Scott Iversen, Vice President of Marketing. “Each person in the system contributes to our overall growth, and Chris Schneider is an integral component of Toppers’ one-of-a-kind culture and success.”
With a mission to be the best pizza company in the world by killing it on every detail of the customer experience, Toppers Pizza is an eclectic pizza delivery franchise brand, headquartered in Whitewater, WI. Toppers takes a unique approach to the crowded pizza segment by appealing to the young, and young at heart, in an irreverent way that unquestionably separates them from the competition. Ranked No. 343 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 500 franchises and one of the Nation’s Restaurant News 50 Breakout Chains for 2013,Toppers’ menu includes a variety of house pizzas; the franchise’s signature product line Topperstix; Buffalo Wings; and cold drinks. The brand has strongly established itself in Wisconsin, and is now in the midst of Midwest and national domination. By focusing on Toppers’ demographic friendly markets, Toppers is able to continue building a fanatical relationship with its customer base. For more information on Toppers, visit www.toppers.com.
SOURCE: Toppers Pizza