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For many Donatos Pizza brand fans, their first experience was as students at The Ohio State University. For new Franchise Partner, Angela Gordon, her first experience eating Donatos Pizza was when she was a child.

“My favorite food was pizza. So, it’s really no surprise that I would own a Donatos Pizza franchise,” said Gordon.

Her path to pizza was not a straight line, however, as she moved to different cities, helped her dad open his medical practice and surgery center, before moving to Chicago to work as an insurance underwriter. Then, when her daughter moved away to attend college, Gordon went looking for her next challenge. Her Donatos in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is the second location in the state.

“I look forward to having a successful business and a successful future. The most rewarding thing about being a Franchise Partner is developing people—watching my staff accomplish things that they didn’t think they could do. They have become like family to me and, in turn we are part of the bigger Donatos family.”

Gordon’s desire to give back is echoed by other Franchise Partners and indeed Donatos continues to be family-owned and operated. Multi-unit Franchise Partner Brian Crumley talked about mentoring his staff and what it has meant to him over the years.

“I started at Donatos when I was 15 years old. Now I give young kids those same opportunities when I hire them. Over the years, they come back to the restaurant and they’re all grown up and have families. And they thank me,” said Crumley.

To learn how you could become a Franchise Partner like Angela or Brian, complete the form below, or to read more about Angela Gordon’s story, click here.