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Based in Galloway, New Jersey, Brian Petruzzi is CEO of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, which he founded in 2014. The fast casual pizza concept is distinguished by a unique rotating deck oven that allows up to 250 Neapolitan-style pizzas to be cooked per hour. Each restaurant is able to "fire" over 2000 pizzas per day, all cooked in just about 2 minutes. Brian Petruzzi encourages customers to individualize their pizza by selecting from more than 50 topping options, including imported and domestic cheeses, fresh vegetables, and hand-tossed Neapolitan or gluten-free crust. The 1000 Degrees brand has expanded rapidly, with many locations across the United States. In March 2015, the brand added a franchise location in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Other prospective franchise locations include Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Panama City.
Brian Petruzzi’s leadership responsibilities include management of day-to-day operations and the implementation of social media marketing initiatives, and he engages closely with the culinary director in creating new menu items. Brian works hand in hand with culinary director and executive chef on a daily basis to ensure all new menu additions meet brand standards. Mr. Petruzzi also heads YOGO Factory Franchise, Inc., as chief engineering officer. Brian is also founder of East Coast Media, Inc. a social media and new media development firm. In his free time, he plays classical piano and enjoys fishing, coaching soccer and scuba diving.