So I know most of you have followed my blog and enjoyed my posts, but I have a pretty impressive dad too. I figured today would be a nice way to get to know the President and CEO of Sir Pizza S. Florida LLC, Rene Prats.
Oh and if you're ever in south Florida be sure to give Sir Pizza a try.
What got you started in the restaurant business?
A: I needed a job at the age of fourteen to help support my family. I started as a busboy and it worked because you got tipped out nightly with cash.
What are you currently doing?
A: I'm currently the President and CEO of Sir Pizza S. Florida. We are growing a brand that's had its home in south Florida since 1968. It is truly a landmark that we are trying to expose to a wider audience in south Florida.
How many Sir Pizza restaurants do you plan on building?
A: Our hope is to reach 20 by the end of 2012 and 30 by the end of 2014.
I know that you've come to an agreement with the Miami Marlins. Can you tell us more about it?
A: Yes, it's a 10-year deal and we will have four concessions inside the brand new ballpark. Two on the main level, one on the club level and one on the vista level. We are now the official pizza of the Miami Marlins.
You've also struck up another deal with the University of Miami, correct?
A: Yes, we've signed a five-year agreement with the University of Miami to become the official pizza of all UM athletics.
What other ties do you have in the community?
A: We do the Winner's Circle program in Dade and Broward counties, which rewards students 18 and under that have a grade point average of a C or better. We believe that academics are very important to a person's growth along with athletics. We are also the official pizza of high school football in Dade and Broward counties. We also have a program called the Sir Pizza Cares program, which we help raise funds for various organizations in south Florida. We believe in being a good corporate citizen when it comes to our community and giving back as much as we can.
You owned over 30 Papa John's franchises in Dade and Palm Beach counties, did you not?
A: Yes, I did.
Then why Sir Pizza?
A: I sold Papa Johns and was fortunate enough to find a better pizza, in my opinion.
Wow, well, it is true that you've owned over 300 restaurants in your lifetime?
A: Yes, I've been blessed to have owned a lot of different kinds of restaurants in my lifetime and work with a lot of good people. I've owned hamburger, cheesesteak, bbq, Mexican, Cuban and Italian restaurants.
Well, that's quite a variety. I'm guessing that cheesesteak place was before I was born or I must have been an infant. Hah.
A: Yes, you were just a baby.
Who is your favorite child? (You know I had to ask--please remember who's blog this is)
A: I have four wonderful children and I love them all the same. With all their different personalities. I love them all. But you were the closest when you were a little girl. ;)
Hmph. I guess I'll take it.
Well, since they'll kill me for not mentioning them, what are your other kids up to?
A: My oldest Tiffany is 26 and is the women's golf coach at the University of Maryland and is the amateur golfer of the decade in Central Florida. She's also a graduate of the University of Miami. Your brother Kyle, as you well know, is on scholarship as an outfielder at Virginia Tech University and a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School. And your little brother Christopher, age 4, can hit a baseball as if he were 10. Quite the comedian too.
I know, he went around saying he was Justin Beiber, Spider Man then a jockey on Thanksgiving. You sure the kid's not gunna be a writer? Lol.
A: As for you my little girl, you are so talented and beautiful and so persistent as a writer and interviewer. I'm very proud of you and the work ethic that you have established. God bless all four of you always. Love Dad.
Apparently I have mad skills people. Thanks Dad. Love you too.
Now, cake or cookies?
A: Cuban cake. I love the frosting.
Till next time.
Elizabeth signing off.