Where did you come from in pizza? Most of the active TTers are owners. How did you end up where you are? How long have you been doing it and what did you do before in pizza?
I am 54 years old. I own one pizza store in a ski resort in Colorado. Here is my “pizza history”:
1978-1979 Knowlton’s on Grand Ave in St Paul, MN Cook, part time during college. Counter-top conveyor oven. First time I ever saw shrimp on a pizza.
1979 -1981 Domino’s Pizza, Mpls/St Paul area. Driver, cook, manager trainee, substitute manager (vacations). Started in store 1902, also worked in 1903, 1907 & 1909 a lot and once in a while in some others. Had raw sausage back in those days. 3 part order form strips and Chevy Novas for delivery. 6 Bakers Pride deck ovens in the store I started at. Four college campuses in our delivery area.
(1983 College Degree)
(1983-1984 School Teacher, Highschool social science, US history, days)
1983-1984 Green Mill Pizza, St Paul, MN Cook. Deep dish place. Packed almost every night. Four deck ovens. Two for deep dish and two for flat.
1984-1985 Duple Pizza Shack, Berlin Germany. DOA civilian. I think they were thrilled to have someone that had actually made pizza before working there. Dough from a freezer, sauce from a can. Invented my own spice package as the stuff was so bland! Conveyor oven. Probably was a lincoln but I do not remember for sure.
(1985-1986 Other work in Berlin)
(1986-1988 Other work in Mpls, MN)
(1988-1994, Started unrelated business, grew that and sold it, got married, had first kid. Lived near Boulder, CO)
(1994-1999 VP and Senior VP of outdoor brand Marmot. Moved to California, had second kid)
1999 Opened my current pizza business. Purchased equipment in place from a failed PJ’s. Two MM wide belts.
1999 Purchased a second pizza business. Slice business open about 20 weeks a year during the ski season. Rocked it in there. Turn up the stereo! Triple stack of Lincoln impingers.
(2000-2006 went to work as National Sales Manager for another outdoor brand, Patagonia, eventually switched to leasing and new store location opening team)
(2007-present Opened unrelated retail business in our town. Got real estate license and started doing business brokerage and leasing work along with commercial property brokerage.)
2009 sold location of second pizza store after 10 years for enough to walk away from the business. Sold off the equipment.
Current: Still own first pizza store, retail business and active in brokerage.