DETROIT -- More than 50 Little Caesars Pizza corporate employees, ranging from field colleagues to executives, have transitioned to careers as Little Caesars franchise business owners in recent years. These former employees are growing their businesses, with nearly 50 percent opening three or more stores.
"Little Caesars is growing in prime markets across the country, and our corporate employees understand that joining our franchise family, especially in today's economy, is a rewarding opportunity," said David Scrivano, president, Little Caesar Enterprises Inc. "Many of our former corporate employees have followed their entrepreneurial dreams and are doing very well as Little Caesars franchisees."
Former Little Caesars corporate employees Mike Scruggs, Vicki Dunn Marshall and Kerri Wallace are among those who have transitioned to new careers as Little Caesars business owners.
Vicki Dunn Marshall was 16 years old when she began her career with Little Caesars as a crew member at a Detroit area Little Caesars restaurant. After working at the Little Caesars corporate office in the company's franchise development department, she transitioned into Little Caesars franchise ownership at the age of 24.
"My experience as a Little Caesars corporate employee gave me an inside perspective on the company's simple business model and easy-to-follow operating system," said Dunn Marshall. "The opportunity to own my own business with a strong, recognized brand appealed to me. With the exceptional training and support Little Caesars offers its franchisees, I have been able to grow my Little Caesars business to include 18 locations across Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia."
Scruggs owns five Little Caesars restaurants in Colorado Springs, Colo. Following 26 years as a Little Caesars corporate employee, in 2004 the former senior vice president of global operations for Little Caesars traded in his business suit for an apron. He plans to open five to seven additional locations in the Colorado Springs area over the next three years.
Before becoming a Little Caesars franchisee in 2006, Kerri Wallace worked in the corporate office's franchise services department, where she had one-on-one daily interaction with franchisees. This gave her an understanding of the day-to-day details of the business and the potential for strong business growth.
When the opportunity to venture into franchise ownership with Little Caesars presented itself, Wallace jumped at the chance to become her own boss. She currently owns and operates two Little Caesars restaurants in Elkhart, Ind., and plans to open three additional locations in the Elkhart area over the next five years.
"With more than 18 years' experience with Little Caesars, transitioning to a career as a Little Caesars franchisee was a natural progression for me," she said. "I wanted to go into business for myself, become more independent, and take more control of my financial future."