The fast casual pizza franchisor is continuing to expand its executive team.
Blaze Pizza has announced the appointment of Brad Reynolds as its chief financial officer, bringing with him years of experience in leading strategy, M&A, and corporate and franchise development for national restaurant chains.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brad to our executive leadership team in the midst of an exciting period for our brand. As we continue accelerating growth nationwide, Brad’s expertise will be an invaluable asset in identifying new opportunities to invest in strategic initiatives targeting development and restaurant profitability,” said Mandy Shaw, chief executive officer and president of Blaze Pizza.
“Brad’s wide-ranging financial background and operational chops, means he offers the perfect blend of insight to add to the mix at Blaze, and I have no doubt his contributions to the brand will surpass our expectations.”
Before joining Blaze, Reynolds served as chief operating officer of C3, an innovative restaurant group focused on off-premise growth where he led all operational business units for the rapidly growing company.
Additionally, Brad also spent over four years at Smashburger serving as the chief financial officer and senior vice president of franchise strategy leading strategic new store openings, IT, supply chain, licensing, brand development, and strategic mergers and acquisitions.
“I couldn’t think of a better time than now to join Blaze Pizza, with the brand achieving remarkable growth over the past several years even in the face of the obstacles COVID-19 imposed on the restaurant industry,” said Reynolds.
“Last year, Blaze pivoted and revolutionized the concept from an operational and development standpoint in a matter of just a few weeks, and I’m thrilled to be joining the executive team responsible for such swift, decisive action. This level of momentum coupled with corporate leadership’s commitment to innovation and evolution reinforces Blaze Pizza’s unlimited potential, and I look forward to all of the great work we’ll do together.”