Marco’s Pizza announced Jeffery Rager as chief fnancial officer. The announcement comes at an essential time as Marco’s Pizza ramps up development efforts to rapidly expand across the nation.

Rager will take up the essential responsibility of overseeing the financial strategy and capital planning for all Marco’s Pizza’s locations. Prior to joining Marco’s Pizza, he spent the last 25 years in leading roles in financial management and in helping companies identify and execute profitable growth strategies. His deep restaurant and retail brand experience includes KFC, Mast Industries Inc., Ignite Restaurant Inc. and Granite City Food & Brewery.

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Now as Marco’s Pizza grows to new heights, Rager will help improve the profitability, operational efficiency and financial performance of the brand.  “The care and passion everyone in the Marco’s Pizza family has towards one another and the business is amazing. Marco’s Pizza has unlimited potential when it comes to growth,” says Rager. “After 25 years of leading brands toward a path of financial productivity, I am confident that our team will be able to support the growth vision of Marco’s Pizza.”

Most recently, Rager spent the last four years as CFO of Granite City Food & Brewery. Rager partnered with the brand’s CEO and COO to redefine operations metrics and coaching routines, resulting in dramatic increases in annual productivity. Rager also analyzed and identified opportunities with the microbrewery chain to reduce discounting, resulting in increased profitability.

“Jeffery’s vast experience in creating financial strategies will make him an essential component in achieving our business and growth objectives,” adds Tony Libardi, president and COO of Marco’s Pizza. “As an expert in long-term planning and management, Jeffery has an uncanny ability to roll out new ideas that financially support everyone from the executive level to local staff and franchisees. Jeffery offers the perspective and leadership we need as Marco’s continues to expand its nationwide footprint.”

As the only major national pizza chain founded by a native Italian, Marco’s Pizza has carved out a niche in the industry for authentic Italian quality pizza, known for its fresh dough made daily onsite, a proprietary cheese blend that is fresh, never-frozen, and a secret original pizza sauce recipe from its founder Pat Giammarco.

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