2009 January: Expo News

2009 January: Expo NewsThere’s always something new to see or learn at International Pizza Expo® that will help grow your pizzeria and profits. In fact, I’ll guarantee attending Expo will be the single best investment of time and money you’ll make this year, or I’ll refund your registration fee.

This year’s Expo is sure to be the largest industry gathering ever in celebration of our 25th anniversary. This year we’re expecting another record breaking show with 1,000 booths and an expected 10,000+ pizza professionals in attendance.

What’s new for 2009?

? International Pizza Challenge™ — We’ve made changes! This year we’ll crown “World Champions” for both traditional and non-traditional categories. We’ll have competitors from across the globe competing in the world’s most prestigious pizza making competition. This year we’ve increased the prize money to nearly $50,000
? 2009 “Pizzaiola of the Year” – This year we’ll have a blind-box pizza making competition featuring the first and second place winners from the International Pizza Challenge™ competing for this “World Title”.
? Eight new speakers who will share fresh new ideas and strategies on how to better position your pizzeria and improve profits in this ever changing business environment.
? 42 new seminar topics – If you’re looking for a few new ideas or just an answer to a new problem, then we have you covered.
? The Great $25,000 Mega Bucks Giveaway Contest – In celebration of our 25th anniversary we’ve decided to increase the prize money to $25,000.
? Keynote addresses by Michael J. Mrlik II, president and CEO of Gatti’s Pizza, and Joey Todaro, president of La Nova Pizzeria.
? You’ll be able to find new products and services easily with our “New Products Showcase” listing in the official show guide.
? 50-plus new exhibiting companies.
? Last but not least, Pizza Expo is a great opportunity to take a tax-deductible working vacation. The bottom line is there’s always something new at Pizza Expo® that can improve your pizzeria. As always, our commitment to you, our partners, is to produce the biggest and best industry event ever.

Remember it’s all pizza and it’s all for YOU!

Best regards,
Bill Oakley
Executive VP