Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza (Marco’s Franchising, LLC) is the fastest-growing pizza company in the U.S. (based on the number of stores signed into development since 2007). Marco’s was founded by native Italian, Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco, who moved to the U.S. from Italy when he was nine years old and grew up working in his family’s pizzeria. He later embarked on a mission to make high quality pizza on a larger scale using a secret sauce recipe that he developed and refined with his father.
Marco’s Pizza founder Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco moved to the U.S. from Italy when he was nine years old and grew up working in his family’s pizzeria. He later embarked on a mission to make high quality pizza on a larger scale using a secret sauce recipe that he developed and refined with his father.
Giammarco established three standards in order to deliver the consistent levels of quality and freshness expected of Marco’s products: dough made fresh daily in each store; a proprietary sauce recipe that blends imported spices and three types of vine-ripened tomatoes; and an exclusive blend of three fresh cheeses (never frozen, unlike many pizza chains).
The first Marco’s Pizza store opened in Toledo in 1978. Gradually, stores opened throughout the Midwest and beyond. The Marco’s Pizza menu broadened as well, to include hot sub sandwiches, salads and Cheezybread for carryout and delivery.
Today, there are more than 470 franchised and company-managed Marco’s Pizza stores.
While there are Marco’s Pizza restaurants all over the country, the Center for Business as Missions is specifically partnering with the three locations in Colorado Springs. Craig Cheatham and Mike Parker are the co-owners of these three franchises and the internship directors on the Marco’s end. Through this relationship the Center for Business as Missions has fostered the growth of more student internship opportunities in the Colorado Springs area as well as support for of Marco’s and their missional focus. We believe that the world needs more people like Craig and Mike, business professionals who have identified a need in their community and are actively work to offer a solution in a way that is thoughtful and innovative.