Paciugo Gelato & Caffè, a family-owned and operated franchisor of authentic Italian gelato, announced that Keith Albright was named the company’s new chief operating officer. Albright has served as the company’s senior vice president of franchising for the past year. He will now oversee franchise operations/relations and marketing, in addition to spearheading the company’s domestic and international franchise growth.
“Keith is a natural born leader who well understands franchising,” says Ugo Ginatta, chief executive officer and cofounder of Paciugo Gelato & Caffè. “Since joining our executive team 12 months ago, Keith has added considerable value to the Paciugo brand and its operations, which includes opening our first airport location (Cleveland Hopkins International). We are very pleased about having him take a larger role supporting our growing family of successful franchisees.”
Albright, a seasoned franchise veteran with impressive academic credentials, brings more than 25 years of franchise industry experience to Paciugo Gelato & Caffè, having held senior level management positions with national companies including Gold’s Gym, Blimpie, and Pearle Vision Centers.
“Cristiana, Ugo, and Vincent came to the United States 10 years ago, and through extraordinary hard work and dedication, succeeded in building an authentic Italian gelato business from scratch,” Albright says. “I am absolutely committed to keeping that passion alive as we and our franchisees continue to bring our award winning gelato, sorbetto, and specialty drinks to new customers around the world. I am proud to be a part of the Paciugo team and look forward to the many opportunities that we and our franchisees have ahead of us.”