IPHFHA Spring Meeting Recap
Pizza Hut is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this month, and the excitement culminated in a fantastic celebration of the brand’s past, present and future at last week’s IPHFHA (International Pizza Hut Franchisee Holders Association) Spring Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Part of the 60th Anniversary program was recognition of Dan Carney, one of the original founders of Pizza Hut, and celebration of the newly-opened Pizza Hut Museum on the Wichita State campus in Wichita, Kansas. NPC was one of the donors that contributed to the new Pizza Hut Museum, which is housed inside the original restaurant started by Dan Carney and his brother, Frank. Read more about the new museum on NPC Connect – Pizza Hut Museum Opens on Wichita State University Campus.
The Pizza Hut Franchisee Hall of Fame was also recognized at the event, including NPC CEO Jim Schwartz (pictured far right). In 2004, Jim was inducted into the Pizza Hut Franchisee Hall of Fame as the youngest inductee in Hall of Fame history. To date, no Hall of Fame member has been younger at the time of their induction!
The recognition continued, and Greg Chaffin and Darrel McCrory accepted the Development Trail Blazer Award on behalf of NPC. This award recognized NPC for the building of our FCD concept restaurant in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Read more about NPC’s FCD on NPC Connect – Fort Dodge Store Introduces New Pizza Hut Concept.
The exciting new partnership between Pizza Hut and the NFL was also front and center at the event, and attendees were able to sit in on a panel discussion with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Buffalo Bills owner Kim Pegula, and ESPN host and announcer Trey Wingo. The group discussed the benefits of our new partnership, including the exclusive marketing rights as well as the many benefits that will unmistakably connect Pizza Hut with the NFL and its teams.
NPC attendees, Vonnie Walbert, Linda Sheedy, Darrell McCrory and Greg Chaffin were able to spend some time with members of the panel, and Vonnie even scored a selfie with Larry!