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Secrets of a pizza man

WS talks to Pizza Hut co-founder Frank Carney

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In 1958, two brothers attending college in Kansas saw an article in the Saturday Evening Post that changed their lives. They read that pizza with “creative” toppings such as fresh vegetables and herbs was popular in New York City. So they borrowed $600 from their mother and opened the first Pizza Hut. The Wichita-based restaurant attracted instant crowds, and the brothers expanded rapidly.

By 1971, Pizza Hut was the world’s No. 1 pizza chain. When PepsiCo bought their business in 1977, founders Frank and Dan Carney collected $32 million between them.

Today, Frank Carney is reliving his glory days at Pizza Hut by helping build another successful chain called Papa John’s. In this interview with Working Smart, Carney, 59, reflects on his success.

WS: Many promising start-up companies fizzle by growing too fast or too slow. In the early days when you were expanding, how did you pace your growth?

Carney: The key moment came about...(register to read more)

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