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

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 managing our team of freelance writers, food styling the issue monthly 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 has one daughter, Bella. Mandy’s hobbies include reading, social media, shopping, the theater 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.


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

Denise Greer

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 Jeffersonville, Indiana. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her 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) 736-9503
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. In 1995, he came to Pizza Today with the goal of eliminating the magazine’s “blocky trade publication look” by employing good design and world-class photography to make it look and feel more like a consumer publication while still conveying a business-to-business message.

Rick’s favorite part of the job is location photography. “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.”

Outside of work, Rick enjoys riding his road bike in tours and local events.

Rick enjoys all types of pizza, but his favorite is the classic Margherita, “A talented pizzaiolo makes it look SO simple. I respect the craftsmanship required to create a good one – complex taste and texture with so few ingredients — the dictionary definition of artisan.”


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

Stacie Dennison

Marketplace, Yellow Pages & Web Sales Director/ Tradeshow Sales

Stacie Dennison is one of Pizza Today’s resident veterans — she’s been with the company since 1994! She serves as the company’s sales director for The Marketplace, Yellow Pages and Digital advertising. She is also a Tradeshow Sales Manager for Pizza Expo and Pizza & Pasta NE for companies N-Z. She says she is blessed to work at Pizza Today and her favorite thing about her job is getting to know her clients and helping to grow their business in the pizza industry. Send her an email today and she will find the perfect marketing plan for your company or booth at one of our trade shows.

 


Email: sdennison@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9508
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Bobbie Macintosh

Tradeshow Sales Manager

Bobbie sells exhibit space and sponsorships for current and following year’s International Pizza Expo, developing and maintaining customer relationships.

Bobbie joined Pizza Today in 1999. Initially, she assisted the tradeshow department with event planning. Within three months, she was offered a sales position for Pizza Yellow Pages and Pizza Expo booth sales. Prior to her time with Pizza Today, Bobbie spent three years at a local university performance center booking performance artists and lining up all the necessary labor. She also sold program advertising, and that’s when she realized sales was her thing.

A graduate of University of California, Riverside, Bobbie has a Bachelor’s degree in business. She says her favorite thing about her job at Pizza Expo is when the exhibitors say “Pizza Expo is the best show we do all year!”  The sights, sounds, and smells of the show always feel like a job well done after working with exhibitors all year to develop their exhibit plans.

Bobbie lives in Southern Indiana with her husband, Jack. Outside of work, her favorites things to do include going on vacations at beach resorts, concerts, reading light fiction, and spending time with the grandkids, Eli and Aniston.


Email: bmacintosh@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9515
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Bill Oakley

Show Director, Food Group

Bill joined Pizza Today and Pizza Expo in 1994 as a financial manager. He has also served in the following capacities: chief financial officer; senior vice president and general manager. Prior to his time with Pizza Today and Pizza Expo, Bill worked for United States Senator Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Department of Labor, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Commonwealth Institutional Investments and Republic Bank. Bill is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, with degrees in Marketing and Accounting. Bill’s favorite thing about his job is producing the “World’s Largest Pizza Show,” as well as the opportunity to meet and work with all the great people in the pizza industry.

Bill lives Simpsonville, Kentucky, with his wife, Ellen, and daughter, Cristin. Outside of work, he’s an avid golfer; sports fanatic and lifelong fan of University of Louisville football, basketball and baseball teams. He also is a car hobbyist, likes to read, listen to music and is an avid follower of thoroughbred horseracing.

Favorite pizza? The classic Margherita, of course.


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

Bruce Allar

Conference Content Director

Bruce was the editor of Pizza Today from 1995-2000 and editor of the monthly Louisville Magazine from 2000-2010. He returned in February 2011 to work with Pizza Expo. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Bruce’s main role at Pizza Expo is to plan and coordinate the education program of more than 90 keynote addresses, seminars and cooking a baking demonstrations, as well as the School of Pizzeria Management workshops. He also sets up Pizza Expo’s networking and social events. In addition, Bruce writes and edits most of the event’s website information and other promotional materials, and takes part in various other aspects of producing the annual trade show for the pizzeria industry.


Email: ballar@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 736-9505
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Patty Crone

Applications Billing Coordinator, Tradeshows and Advertising

Patty joined Pizza Today in 1999 as registration manager. She has since moved into the assistant show manager position. Prior to her time with Pizza Today, Patty worked in the accounting field. She says her favorite thing about her job at Pizza Expo is watching the show come together and working with the exhibitors.

Patty lives in southern Indiana with her husband, Rich, and daughter, Amanda. Outside of work, she’s an avid reader and loves to work in her gardens.


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

Awards

Pizza Today has won more TABBIE Awards than any other foodservice publication in the world!

2017 was another award-winning year for Pizza Today! Pizza Today has won more TABBIE awards over the last several years than any other English speaking trade or business publication in the world 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
  • Best E-Newsletter — Silver
  • Best Special Section — Silver
  • Best Feature Article: Top 25 — 21st Place
  • Best B2B Website — Honorable Mention
  • Best Department — Honorable Mention
  • Best Feature Design — Honorable Mention
  • Best Front Cover, Photograph — Honorable Mention
  • Best Front Cover, Special Issue — Honorable Mention
  • Best Opening Page or Spread — Honorable Mention
  • Best Single Issue — Bronze
  • Best Use of Social Media — Gold
  • Best Front Cover Special Issue — Gold
  • Best Opening Page or Spread — Bronze
  • Best Front Cover Photograph — Bronze
  • Best Special Section — Honorable Mention
  • Best Feature Design — Honorable Mention
  • 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