Marco’s Pizza has unveiled a new program to help military veterans become franchisees of the pizza chain, going so far as to name a vice president of veterans’ program and recruiting.
In the newly created VP role, 20-year army vet Scott Quagliata will be responsible for bringing former military members into the franchisee fold and putting them on a path to success, the chain said.
He will also help develop an apprenticeship program aimed at giving aspiring entrepreneurs, including current Marco’s Pizza employees, resources to reach their business goals.
Quagliata had originally been interested in owning a Marco’s Pizza franchise but was instead seen as a “perfect fit” for the new position, the chain said.
“Coming from outside of the pizza world with a strong military background, Scott brings with him distinctive leadership skills that will take our recruitment efforts to new heights,” Marco’s Pizza COO Bryon Stephens said in a statement. “He brings a personal connection that aligns with the Marco’s commitment to the military community. He understands firsthand the transition of military veterans and the benefits of joining a proven franchise system.”
Other chains have recently stepped up their military outreach efforts, such as Starbucks, which has expanded benefits to employees who are current or former members of the armed forces and is opening stores near military bases that are run and staffed by veterans.