|Vito DiBartolo, Co-Founder|
|Vito DiBartolo came to America with a dream of opening his own business. He brought with him a rich family tradition of preparing real Italian food. His undying passion for native cuisine has inspired every DiBartolo pizzeria for over four decades. Vito opened his first pizzeria in Queens, New York called "La Bella Pizza" in 1966. He later opened "Pizza Shack" and "Carlo’s Pizza." When Vito’s son, Joe, was a teenager, he relocated the family to Upstate New York. Along with Joe and wife, Anne, they opened 14 “I Love New York Pizza” shops in college towns throughout the Upstate area. In 1990, he returned to Rome, Italy and opened a pizzeria to further his pizza making skills. In 1992, the DiBartolo’s returned to the United States settling in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where they opened sixteen pizza shops and two fine dinning restaurants throughout North Carolina. He also opened pizza shops in Gainesville, Florida and Georgia. While “PizzaVito” is new to the marketplace, our family has been a staple in the pizza industry for years.|
|Joe DiBartolo, Co-Founder|
|Joe DiBartolo is one of the founders of PizzaVito, and has served as its CEO since its formation in December 2007. Since 1988, Joe has independently developed, managed and was involved in the sale of over 30 Pizzerias in Italy, and the U.S., including stores in Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Florida, and Puerto Rico.|
|Stan Given, President/CEO|
|Mr. Given was appointed President/CEO on January 11, 2010. Mr. Given’s extensive foodservice experience began in his family’s restaurants in New Jersey and Florida. During high school and college he worked in the food division of Walt Disney World and while attending Stetson University, opened a food brokerage placing his client’s products at Disney, Delta Airlines and other major accounts.
Mr. Given then served one tour in the United States Marine Corps as a Cobra Attack helicopter pilot, and he was awarded the Air Meda and Combat Action Ribbon for service in Beiruit in 1983. After his military serice, Taco Bell recruited Mr. Given as a multi-unit manager to help staff a hundred unit acquisition in Southern California. While with PepsiCo’s Taco Bell and KFC divisions he worked as a district manager, headquarters project manager, franchise consultant, and market general manager, responsible for 33 company restaurants and 55 franchised restaurants.
Today Mr. Given owns and operates four Moe’s Southwest Grills, a Planet Smoothie, a Flying Biscuit Café, and a Heavenly Ham in the Gainesville, Florida area. Among other awards, he has been recognized twice as Franchise of the year by both Moe’s and Heavenly Ham. Mr. Given was awarded an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida.
|Mabelissa Acevedo, Sr. Vice President Franchise Development|
|Ms. Acevedo has been Executive Vice President Franchise Development of PIZZAVITO since October 2007. Prior to coming on board, She was president and CEO of Dine By Design, a company she started in 2003. Prior to that she spent five years working for the State of Florida WIC program, from 2000 to 2005. She has a Masters Degree in Health Administration from the University of Florida, and a BS degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida.|
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