Papa John’s is a relatively young company, having been founded in 1984. The first Papa John’s was made out of a broom closet that was connected to a tavern in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The business became a success. Eventually, it became widespread, with numerous franchises opening up.
There are pizza snobs out there who say that pizza from Papa John’s isn’t “real pizza.” These types of people tend to really be on their high horse. First of all, how good pizza is totally depends on what a person likes. Each person likes something different. Secondly, opinions are not facts—people tend to forget this.
Ever since the beginning of the company, Papa John’s has been employing people ever since. Some of these people have become the company’s leaders. Steve Ritchie Papa John’s is an example of how 98% of the leaders in the company come from entry level jobs. When he started working for the company, he was a low-paid customer service person. After staying with the company for 10 years, he became a franchises owner. About 11 years after that he became the CEO. Steve Ritchie is an inspirational figure for those who are in the lower paid positions at Papa John’s. He is an example of how far people can go in the company.
In the summer of 2018, Steve Ritchie went on a mission to improve relations between himself and the people who are employed at Papa John’s locations. Also, another objective of this mission was to improve relations between Papa John’s and its customer base. It is very important to go out on the field, talk to people and experience things. Different approaches must be taken in order to make Papa John’s grow into the best that it can be.
Many things were found out by going to these locations. For example, Steve Ritchie found out that the people who worked for the franchises cared about their communities enough to put up charitable efforts. He also found out how gun-ho people were to do their jobs at Papa John’s. Steve Ritchie heard stories of people trying to do their best. See this Twitter status post from Papa John’s.