PizzaRev’s co-CEO and President, Rodney Eckerman, will speak on the ‘Emerging Concepts Panel’ at the 18th annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference on May 13. The panel continues to be one of the more popular sessions at the conference, featuring ground-breaking, early stage concepts that historically have grown into major players in the industry.

Since its inception in 2012, PizzaRev has emerged as a leader in the fast-casual pizza segment, featuring a completely customized “Craft Your Own” experience that is unmatched by any other pizza franchise. According to market research firm, Technomic, PizzaRev is at the “forefront” of the industry, with “strong management and overall knowledge of the consumer market.” The company formed a strategic partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings last year, and PizzaRev executives expect to have 65 corporate and franchise units open in 2015.

“Build-your-own pizza is truly a revolutionary idea, but it’s our people, their experience and passion for the restaurant business that have fueled the success of our emerging brand,” said Eckerman. “I’m honored to share the stage tomorrow with original thinkers who are leading concepts that will soon find their way into communities across the country.”

Eckerman plans to discuss the rapidly expanding fast-casual pizza space, how PizzaRev is different than traditional pizza concepts and how the relationship with Buffalo Wild Wings supports the company’s strategic growth plan. PizzaRev continues to seek experienced restaurant developers to franchise the brand in new markets across the country.

About PizzaRev

PizzaRev is a “build-your-own” fast-casual pizza concept that has reinvented the way America eats its favorite food. Guests are empowered to fully customize a personal-sized 11” pizza for under $8. Homemade dough options, flavorful sauces, delicious cheeses, and over 30+ fresh toppings, everything is on display at PizzaRev and assembled right before your eyes. The pizzas are then fired in a 900 degree, stone-hearth oven which produces a thin and crispy Roman-style pizza in just three minutes.

Los Angeles-based PizzaRev was founded in 2012 by longtime entertainment industry executives Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman, along with their sons, Nicholas Eckerman and Jeff Zuckerman. The executive team possesses a combination of Fortune 500 operating experience and high-profile restaurant management. PizzaRev is currently franchising and announced a strategic partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings in 2013. The company currently operates nine corporate restaurants with additional franchise locations under development in Minn., Utah, N.D., S.D., Mo., Texas, and Orange County and San Diego in Calif.

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