About Us

About Us

Pizza Today was launched in 1984 when a pizzeria owner in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana, realized he needed help growing his business. “Surely,” he thought, “there must be a periodical or tradeshow that can give me the type of advice I need to be successful.” Well, he was wrong. So he started a magazine himself, Pizza Today, and brought in the industry’s top consultants and experts to provide the type of critical information you still find in our pages three decades later.

In 2015, the magazine was acquired by Emerald Expositions in San Juan Capistrano, California. Today, Pizza Today, International Pizza Expo and the National Association of Pizzeria Operators offices are located in Louisville, Kentucky.

The magazine has undergone many changes through the years, from redesigns to moving its offices to Louisville. Our latest and most significant improvement is represented right here, on the brand new PizzaToday.com site, complete with video, recipes, an enhanced vendor directory and the ability to open and read each new issue of the magazine on your desktop or mobile device.

Meet the Staff

Pete Lachapelle

Publisher

Graduating with a marketing degree from Boston College in 1978, Pete has been in the publishing business since 1979. Having served as publisher on 11 different titles, he has worked for some of the largest trade publishing companies in the country and has focused on the food industry for over 30 years.

He began selling ad space for Bakery Production & Marketing in 1983 and was named publisher in 1988. There, he built the magazine into one of the largest industrial food publications in the country. In 1998, he decided to take on the challenge of redesigning and reorganizing Pizza Today into the magazine you see today. In 2000, Pete was named president of Macfadden Protech LLC, where he is now overseeing International Pizza Expo, Pizza Today, the National Association of Pizzeria Operators (NAPO) and the newly launched School of Pizzeria Management.

Pete is also a founding member of the National Restaurant Association’s newly formed Pizzeria Industry Council. This council’s goal is to increase the success rate of independent and multi-unit pizzerias. Over the next few years, the council will be developing tools and resources for pizzerias to use in order to find solutions and opportunities for their businesses.


Email: plachapelle@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9500
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Jeremy White

Editor in Chief

A graduate of Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, Jeremy has a degree in English/Creative Writing with a double minor in Journalism and Communications/Theater Arts Jeremy says his favorite thing about his job at Pizza Today is “visiting America’s most successful independent pizzerias and discovering what makes them stand out from the pack and then passing that information on to our readers so that they can improve their own businesses.”

Jeremy lives in southern Indiana with his wife, Carri, and their two sons, Caiden and Camden. Outside of work, he coaches an elite-level travel baseball team and enjoys cycling, running, sports, literature and music.

Jeremy’s favorite pizza is an artisan pie topped with spicy soppressata, bacon, jalepeño peppers and pineapple.


Email: jwhite@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9500
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Jerry Moschella

Associate Publisher

Although his career with Pizza Today and Pizza Expo officially began in 1999, Jerry’s love of pizza began as a youngster buying slices on Revere beach in Massachusetts while walking home from the hockey rink. Jerry’s 25-year career in trade magazine publishing and trade show management experience includes home centers, kitchen and bath dealers and Sporting Goods retailers. Jerry graduated from the University of Lowell and his home and office are based in Orlando, Florida. Jerry lives with his wife Sherralynn, daughters Nicole and Meghan, and three cats.

Jerry’s favorite pizza? Extra cheese, please!

 


Email: jmoschella@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9507
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200,
Louisville, KY 40203

Brent Auman

Associate Publisher

Brent Auman has represented Pizza Today since 1998. This career spans 36 years in B-to-B marketing communications (starting as a mere youngster), with seven years on the agency side, two years on the client side in industrial marketing management, and 27 years in trade publishing Ad sales/service. A SIU Saluki, Brent holds a BS in journalism and marketing.

“This pizza arena encompasses an amazing universe of people power and winning ideas. To help players capture this market, Macfadden Protech offers a one-stop network of top shelf services that deliver on both operators’ and vendors’ success,” Brent says.

“We will be sure each vendor client reaps optimum return on their marketing investment. Let’s implement a pizza network plan that thoroughly engages and energizes operators –– apply spot-on programs that work.”

In his off time, Brent enjoys fitness, biking, kayaking, culinary exploration and, most enjoyably, grandparenting.

 


Email: bauman@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9504
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200,
Louisville, KY 40203

Josh Keown

Art Director

Josh joined Pizza Today in 2006. Prior to his time with Pizza Today, Josh worked as an Art Director for several newspapers across the state of Kentucky. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Josh has a degree in advertising. He says his favorite things about his job at Pizza Today are “the amazing working environment and the great people he gets to come in and work with everyday and, of course, traveling to the best pizzerias in the nation and trying all of their great pies.”

Josh lives in Louisville. Outside of work, Josh enjoys working out, watching his stories, coffee, wine, and spending time with this gang of pets and fiancée, Tyann.

Favorite pizzas? John’s Pizzeria on Bleecker St. in NYC and Coal’s Artisan Pizza in Louisville, KY.

 


Email: jkeown@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9500
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Rick Daugherty

Creative Director

Rick spent 20 years in the advertising/branding business, he has been with Pizza Today since 1995. His goal in coming to Pizza Today was to eliminate the magazine’s trade publication “look” by making it look like a consumer publication — employing good, progressive design, typography and world-class photography.

Rick’s favorite part of the job is travel. “I’m an Army brat so I’ve lived all over the world. Travel is in my blood. I also love food. So I really enjoy traveling the country shooting photos of your shops and pizzas. I’ve made a lot of pizzeria friends on the road — it’s great getting to see all of you at Pizza Expo, too.”

Rick lives in southern Indiana with his wife, Sue, and their two pugs. They have three daughters/son-in-laws and four grandchildren.

Outside of work, Rick enjoys cycling, building-flying-wrecking-rebuilding RC model aircraft. “When I was five, I discovered what a library was. The first book I checked-out was a cookbook. Ever since, I’ve had a passion for cooking.”

There’s no doubt what Rick’s favorite pizza is –– he is our resident classic Margherita expert!

 


Email: rdaugherty@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9500
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th Street, Ste. 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Denise Greeer

Associate Editor

Denise joined Pizza Today in March 2011 as associate editor. “Sitting down with pizzeria owners in their restaurants to learn about successes is a huge highlight, as well as working with the great team we have in Louisville,” she says.

A graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Denise has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations with a minor in Speech Communications. Prior to her time at Pizza Today, Denise spent eight years at the Ball State Alumnus magazine, working with every aspect of magazine production.

Denise lives in Louisville. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her partner, John, and their beagle, Kunu. She also enjoys playing in the forest — hiking or biking, walking about with her camera –– and taking in the arts or live music. She tinkers in her workshop with carpentry and art projects. One of her favorite pastimes is finding eclectic shops and restaurants.

 


Email: dgreer@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9500
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Mandy Detwiler

Managing Editor & Food Stylist

Mandy joined Pizza Today in 2004 after nearly 10 years in the newspaper industry. She is the company’s managing editor, but other duties include food styling most of the food in the magazine and spearheading the company’s award-winning social media.

Mandy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Murray State University (go, Racers!), in Murray, Kentucky, where she double-majored in Print Journalism and Criminal Justice. She received a Masters of Science degree in the Administration of Justice in 2003 from the University of Louisville.

Mandy met her husband, Bill, on a school service-learning trip to the small island of Barbados, and they have one daughter, Bella. Their Louisville house is also home to three cats and one ancient Lhasa Apso.

Mandy’s hobbies include reading, social media, shopping, serving as her daughter’s chauffeur and anything Walt Disney World.

Favorite pizza? It’s hard to beat a plain pepperoni, but she also enjoys a good buffalo chicken as well. Best pizza ever? Totonno’s in Brooklyn.


Email: mdetwiler@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9512
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Awards

Pizza Today has won 27 TABBIE Awards in the last 6 years — more than any other foodservice publication in the world!
Tabbies statues

2015 was another award-winning year for Pizza Today! Winning an additional 8 awards from Trade, Association and Business Publication International (TABPI). The 12th Annual TABBIE awards recognized excellence in business-to-business publications around the globe. This year’s competition included more than 500 publishing companies!

 

 

  • Best Use of Social Media – Gold Award
  • Best Feature Design – Silver
  • Best Regular Column – Silver
  • Best Focus/Profile Article – Bronze
  • Best Single Issue – 9th place
  • Best Front Cover Photography – Honorable Mention
  • Best Front Cover Special Issue – Honorable Mention
  • Best Department – Honorable Mention

2014 (5 Awards)

  • Best Use of Social Media – Silver Award
  • Best Regular Column – Gold Award
  • Best Opening Page or Spread – Honorable Mention
  • Best Feature Article – Honorable Mention
  • Best Department: Social Media – Honorable Mention

2013 (6 Awards)

  • Best Single Issue – Top 25 Issues
  • Best Use of Social Media – Gold Award
  • Best Regular Column – Bronze Award
  • Best Cover – Bronze Award
  • Best Opening Page or Spread –Honorable Mention
  • Best Feature design – Honorable Mention

2012 (3 Awards)

  • Best Single Issue – Top 25 Issues
  • Best Front Cover, Special Issue – Gold Award
  • Best Focus/Profile Article – Bronze Award

2011 (4 Awards)

  • Best Single Issue – Top 25 Issues
  • Best Editors Column – Bronze Award
  • Best Focus/Profile Article – Bronze Award
  • Best Opening Page or Spread – Honorable Mention

2010 ( …our first!)

  • Best Single Issue – Top 25 Issues