George Hadjis is the founder and CEO of Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. He was born and raised in Astoria, NY where he earned his BA degree in Finance from Pace University and MS degree in Guidance and Counseling from St. John's University. George earned his MBA from Pepperdine University and his career took the course of high tech working for companies like Texas Instruments, Fujitsu and Anacomp as a logistics manager. At the age of 40, George and his family decided to leave the public sector and start their own business.
The new venture started in 1991 with the opening of the first restaurant in Del Mar, CA. George, along with his wife and brother John dove into the business working 7 days a week for months. The hard work soon paid off as interested customers started inquiring about opening a restaurant of their own. That led George and his family to begin franchising the concept and since then have grown to 17 locations in Southern California and Arizona.
Professor Hadjis teaches (click on course for syllabus):
Franchise Management (MGT 459)