Jim Mizes is now the president and COO of Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza and is responsible for leading the ongoing national expansion of the chain.

Mizes previously served as president of Freebirds World Burrito, overseeing the growth of the rapidly expanding burrito chain. Under his leadership, Freebirds grew from 50 restaurants to nearly 100 in six states.

Prior to Freebirds, Mizes served as VP of brand development and VP of store operations for Jamba Juice, overseeing its growth from 50 to 350 stores in 5 years. Prior to Jamba Juice, Mizes served as CEO of Noah's New York Bagels.

"The addition of Jim to our team highlights our commitment to assembling a best-in-class headquarter staff," said Elise Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze Pizza. "Jim has overseen the development of over 500 restaurants in his career, and is well suited to lead our franchise expansion across the country."

Blaze Pizza currently has more than 150 franchise stores in its development pipeline, including multi-unit agreements across the West Coast (California), Northeast (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, D.C.), Midwest (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio) and the Southeast (Florida).

Blaze Pizza is registered to franchise in all 50 states and is partnering with veteran restaurant operators to support the company's expansion.

"Blaze Pizza is the leader in the exploding fast casual pizza sector," said Mizes. "I joined this team because I wanted to be part of a brand that is going to change the way this country enjoys pizza."

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