241: Leaders with Heart are Pizza Guys

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Shahpour Nejad immigrated from Iran to the USA at 16 years old where he attended high school and college. During his college years, he began working at a local pizza restaurant, where he gained a passion for the pizza business. Although Nejad earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, he decided to pursue his love for pizza and opened Pizza Guys with his partner, Reza Kalantari. The company has grown from a single-store operation that opened in 1986 to over 80 locations in three states.
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Key Takeaways
  • He began working in a pizza shop out of economic necessity but soon realized it was his passion
  • Shahpour Nejad grew up in a family of entrepreneurs
  • It’s important to stay up-to-date with content and all aspects of your business
  • Nejad had to tweak his recipe and menu items to cater to the California public
  • He quickly realized that the Cleaveland taste for pizza is very different from the California taste
  • When you know and understand how to operate your own business, your employees trust you and your guidance
  • Shahpour believes the current workplace is missing two-way communication between leaders to their employees

Shahpour Nejad’s Bio

Shahpour Nejad grew up in Iran and immigrated to the United States when he was 16 years old. After graduating from high school, he attended college at Cleveland State University. He immigrated to the US comfortably, with parents who could help him financially, but then things turned, and he had to begin working. While earning his degree, he began working at a local pizza shop. There, he helped the owner increase sales and the customer experience. Although Mr. Nejad graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, he realized the pizza business was his passion. In 1986 he opened his own pizza restaurant, Pizza Guys, with a partner and has since grown it into a successful franchise.

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