With Uncle Maddio's poised for exceptional growth in 2016, the fast-casual pizza restaurant is expanding its leadership team. Matt Andrew, founder and CEO of Uncle Maddio’s, named Jocelyn Blain chief development officer for the growing pizza franchise. In this newly created role, Blain will fuel real estate, restaurant design, and franchise development.

“Jocelyn has a proven track record of driving growth for emerging and established companies,” says Matt Andrew, Uncle Maddio’s CEO. “As we execute a rapid growth plan, Jocelyn’s experience and adept leadership skills are what we need during this busy and exciting time for the company.”

Blain has more than 20 years’ experience across office, retail, restaurant, and custom residential development projects. Specifically, her work has focused on multi-unit franchise development. Before joining Uncle Maddio’s, she served as Fresh To Order’s chief development officer. She also has worked for FOCUS Brands, Taco Bell Corp., and AFC Enterprises Inc.

Uncle Maddio’s is a next generation pizza restaurant that lets guests build their own pizza exactly how they want it. Guests choose from one of three crusts, including a delicious gluten-free option, and 48 toppings, including six sauces, 27 vegetables, and 15 meats. Everything is fresh, from the pizza dough and sauce that’s made in-store each day to the wide variety of veggies. For guests looking to expand their pizza horizons, Uncle Maddio’s also offers signature pizzas ranging from the meaty Big Max to the spicy Jamaican Jerk. Create-your-own salads and Foldwich sandwiches round out the Italian-inspired menu. The restaurant also offers a selection of craft beers and wine.

Since launching its aggressive growth plan in 2008, Uncle Maddio's has signed franchise agreements with 67 different entities in 18 states. Many of Uncle Maddio's franchisees have previous multiunit experience with Jimmy John's, Firehouse Subs, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Burger King, Krystal, Papa John's, Domino's, and Golden Corral. Uncle Maddio's is on track to have 250 restaurants open in five years with 1,000 units in development.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza impressive growth has caught the attention of not only prospective franchisees, but investors, too. Recently, S&S Group LLC joined the Uncle Maddio’s team as minority. Atlanta attorney, conservationist and business investor Rutherford Seydel, who has been part of the Atlanta Hawks ownership since 2003, also acquired a minority share of Uncle Maddio's. The two investments will be used to augment the company’s franchisee support.

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