Figaro’s Pizza began in 1981 as the dream of two entrepreneurs, Corkey Gorley & Al Debacker in Salem and Albany, Oregon, who wanted to meet the needs of busy families. In an era when both parents often work outside the home and there’s a universal demand for speed, quality, value and convenience, Figaro’s Pizza’s popularity has increased year after year as a partner in the mealtime preparation.
The Company pioneered a product that became known as ‘take-and-bake’ pizza which a customer could watch get freshly prepared with only the best, freshest ingredients, and then could bake at home when they wanted to. Then, we added ovens, becoming the industry leader in providing customers the ‘we bake or you bake’ choice.
The Company focused from the beginning on creating unique, delicious, wholesome pizzas unlike the ‘other’ pizzas available. The attention to creating pizza masterpieces led to the commitment to not adding MSG, as well as no fillers or extenders, the use of only real cheese, the preparation of fresh dough at every location every day, special sauces blended with imported extra virgin olive oil, leaner choice meats and fresh vegetables. Combine it all, and you have a unique, and uniquely delicious product you will be proud to offer. Today, Figaro’s is the leading company offering both baked and unbaked pizzas.
We will grow into the leader of the carryout home meal replacement baked and take and bake pizza business by providing superior products, service, and value to our customers. We will do this in a business environment where challenges are met with creativity, integrity, and persistence.
Who are We
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Ron Berger
Berger is an entrepreneur and franchising industry leader. Mr. Berger has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Figaro’s since June 1, 2001, when he, his wife (Carol), and Mr. Bill LeVine acquired Figaro’s. From August 1989 to September 2000, Berger served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rentrak Corporation, a publicly traded (NASDAQ-RENT) information and payment processor in the home video industry.
President: Richard S. Glenn
Mr. Glenn has served as President since October, 2009. Mr. Glenn served as Figaro’s General Manager and Vice President since March 31, 2008 and as Executive Vice President since December 1, 2008. He served as Schmizza International, Inc.’s Director of Operations from November 2004 to March 31, 2008. He joined Schmizza International, Inc. as Franchise Development Coordinator in August 2003. From January 1996 to October 1999, and from March 2001 to July 2003, he served as a Franchise Service Representative for Figaro’s Italian Pizza, Inc.
Owning multiple locations for Figaro’s Pizza is not only a good investment, but it is also very rewarding. Your franchise support makes the day-to-day, month-to-month process run smoothly. I would make the same decision again.
Instead of spending eight hours a day apart at separate jobs, my wife and I get to spend most of our time together now. In addition, we have arranged our schedule so that we get two days and two nights off together. This allows us the opportunity to spend quality time together beyond our Figaro’s franchise.
We are absolutely pleased with Figaro's pizza and their staff and are convinced they are there to ensure our success. I am convinced the Figaro's support team believes Figaro's Pizza will not grow or succeed without individual franchise success. We look forward to owning our Figaro's and Sargo's franchises for many years to come.
The Advertising Department has helped us extensively! From creating unique advertising pieces exclusively for our store to tweaking coupons for us, all I have to do is ask and Melody jumps right on it. Even if I don’t know exactly what I want she will work with me until its right. Holly goes above and beyond the call of duty. She’s always there for us! She has helped us put together an advertising schedule that is organized and workable. Any time I have a question or problem, Holly will take it over and get the answer or results needed, whatever it may be. If you could bottle Holly’s energy it would be priceless!
I am very excited about being a part of Figaro’s Pizza. The assistance you provided me during the start-up period was invaluable and sped up the process considerably. The entire Figaro’s Pizza team has been great to work with. From the beginning, the support and direction I have received has been truly first class. Thanks again for everything.