Hungry Howie’s Pizza Hosts Annual Franchisee Convention
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Hungry Howie’s Pizza Hosts Annual Franchisee Convention

Franchisees From Around The Country Join To Celebrate Nationwide Expansion

July 17, 2019 // // MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. - Hungry Howie’s Pizza, the originator of the flavored crust pizza®, celebrated milestone brand achievements and welcomed new franchisees at the 2019 National Convention. The Howie Deliver convention took place at the MGM Grand in Detroit from June 17-20 and featured engaging workshops and presentations to educate attendees.

Hungry Howie’s Pizza honored its franchisees that met its high standards of excellence and demonstrated unparalleled levels of service.

John DeAngelis was honored with the James R. Hearn Award for his outstanding lifelong contributions as an ambassador to the Hungry Howie’s brand. Since joining the Hungry Howie’s family in 1983, he has played a tremendous role in driving the concept’s growth. Over the last several decades, DeAngelis has opened more than 20 stores across Central Florida, was responsible for Hungry Howie’s initial entrance into California and Colorado, and has invested in more than 60 additional locations across the country.

Hungry Howie’s 2018 Franchisee of the Year award was presented to the Cross Family, as they have truly embodied the brand’s philosophy, lived Hungry Howie’s core values, and has helped grow the brand since opening their first Hungry Howie’s in 2014. Their stores have consistently been top performers for all KPI’s and Store Brand Awareness reviews. Hungry Howie’s has enjoyed watching the Cross Family flourish in the North Carolina market.

The Best Newcomer Award was given to Fawzi Simon for his outstanding performance throughout his first year of owning a Hungry Howie’s restaurant, or in his case, 20. Fawzi’s strong leadership, brand integrity and unwavering support for his teams, led him to remodel and upgrade the 18 initial stores he purchased throughout the state of Arizona, as well as opening five additional locations in the area.

Pat Patterson was named Marketer of the Year for his strong commitment to local marketing at his Hungry Howie’s locations in Ludington and Clare, MI. His successful integrated marketing plan embraced print, digital, email and local store marketing, saw him participating in local broadcasts and even marching in parades. During the Hungry Howie’s 2018 Love, Hope & Pizza campaign, Pat partnered with the local Ludington hospital, and gave free pizzas to women who were reviewing mammograms.

“The opportunity to have all our franchisees together truly demonstrates the strong sense of community we have created and the commitment our teams have made to the Hungry Howie’s brand,” said Steve Jackson, President and CEO of Hungry Howie’s. “Their unrelenting efforts mirror our company values and their positive impact in local communities generates tremendous results and relationships.”

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About Hungry Howie’s Pizza

Founded in 1973, Hungry Howie’s Pizza is a national pizza franchise that is loyal to its tradition of providing delicious, high-quality and original Flavored Crust® pizzas including eight flavors: butter, butter cheese, Cajun, garlic herb, onion, ranch, sesame and Asiago cheese. Its menu features oven-baked calzone-style subs, Howie Breads®, crisp & cool salads, and flavored wings that create a unique and irreplaceable position in the pizza market. Starting in Taylor, MI, Hungry Howie’s Pizza has grown to 550 locations in 20 states across the U.S.

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