Steve Jackson first began his journey into the pizza business as a pizza delivery boy. After going to college to become a teacher, Jackson's journey took a bit of a turn as he once again opted to venture into the pizza business.
After opening the second Hungry Howie's location, Jackson continued to be a leader and helped others in opening dozens of locations over the next few years. Now, with Jackson as the CRO, the Hungry Howie's pizza franchise has more than 550 locations in the nation and the company has experienced 24 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth.
What lessons has he learned along the way? For starters, make connections. Jackson started his career delivering pizzas, which led him to Hungry Howie's founder Jim Hearn. When Hearn decided to open a second Hungry Howie's, he turned to Jackson. Impressing your colleagues and showing them how passionate and motivated you are about your career could ultimately change your life.
Jackson continues to follow this lesson and uses his connections to collaborate on projects that will not only make him better but also make the company better. It is about hard work, determination and innovation.