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About Us

About Us

About Us

Pizza Today was launched in 1984 when a pizzeria owner in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana, realized he needed help growing his business. “Surely,” he thought, “there must be a periodical or tradeshow that can give me the type of advice I need to be successful.” Well, he was wrong. So he started a magazine himself, Pizza Today, and brought in the industry’s top consultants and experts to provide the type of critical information you still find in our pages three decades later. In 2015, the magazine was acquired by Emerald Expositions in San Juan Capistrano, California. Today, Pizza Today and International Pizza Expo offices are located in Louisville, Kentucky. The magazine has undergone many changes through the years, from redesigns to moving its offices to Louisville. Our latest and most significant improvement is represented right here, on the PizzaToday.com site, complete with video, recipes, an enhanced vendor directory and the ability to open and read each new issue of the magazine on your desktop or mobile device.

Meet the Staff

Pete Lachapelle

Publisher

Graduating with a marketing degree from Boston College in 1978, Pete has been in the publishing business since 1979. Having served as publisher on 11 different titles, he has worked for some of the largest trade publishing companies in the country and has focused on the food industry for over 30 years. He began selling ad space for Bakery Production & Marketing in 1983 and was named publisher in 1988. There, he built the magazine into one of the largest industrial food publications in the country. In 1998, he decided to take on the challenge of redesigning and reorganizing Pizza Today into the magazine you see today. In 2000, Pete was named president of Macfadden Protech LLC, where he is now overseeing International Pizza Expo, Pizza Today, the National Association of Pizzeria Operators (NAPO) and the newly launched School of Pizzeria Management. Pete is also a founding member of the National Restaurant Association’s newly formed Pizzeria Industry Council. This council’s goal is to increase the success rate of independent and multi-unit pizzerias. Over the next few years, the council will be developing tools and resources for pizzerias to use in order to find solutions and opportunities for their businesses.


Email: plachapelle@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 901-2529
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Jeremy White

Editor in Chief

A graduate of Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, Jeremy has a degree in English/Creative Writing with a double minor in Journalism and Communications/Theater Arts Jeremy says his favorite thing about his job at Pizza Today is “visiting America’s most successful independent pizzerias and discovering what makes them stand out from the pack and then passing that information on to our readers so that they can improve their own businesses.” Jeremy lives in southern Indiana with his wife, Carri, and their two sons, Caiden and Camden. Outside of work, he coaches an elite-level travel baseball team and enjoys cycling, running, sports, literature and music. Jeremy’s favorite pizza is an artisan pie topped with spicy soppressata, bacon, jalepeño peppers and pineapple.


Email: jwhite@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 901-2531
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Denise Greer

Executive Editor

Denise joined Pizza Today in March 2011 as associate editor. “Sitting down with pizzeria owners in their restaurants to learn about successes is a huge highlight, as well as working with the great team we have in Louisville,” she says. A graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Denise has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations with a minor in Speech Communications. Prior to her time at Pizza Today, Denise spent eight years at the Ball State Alumnus magazine, working with every aspect of magazine production. Denise lives in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her beagle, Kunu. She also enjoys playing in the forest — hiking or biking, walking about with her camera –– and taking in the arts or live music. She tinkers in her workshop with carpentry and art projects. One of her favorite pastimes is finding eclectic shops and restaurants. Favorite Pizza: Red Top Detroit at Pizza Rock in Las Vegas


Email: dgreer@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 901-2523
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Josh Keown

Creative Director

Josh joined Pizza Today in 2006. Prior to his time with Pizza Today, Josh worked as an Art Director for several newspapers across the state of Kentucky. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Josh has a degree in advertising. He says his favorite things about his job at Pizza Today are “the amazing working environment and the great people he gets to come in and work with everyday and, of course, traveling to the best pizzerias in the nation and trying all of their great pies.” Josh lives in Louisville. Outside of work, Josh enjoys working out, watching his stories, coffee, wine, and spending time with this gang of pets, wife Tyann and son Henry. Favorite pizza? John’s Pizzeria on Bleecker St. in NYC.


Email: jkeown@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 901-2533
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Katie Wilson

Art Director

Katie is the newest member of the Pizza Today team, joining in June 2019. A graduate from Northern Kentucky University, Katie has a bachelors degree in Visual Communication Design with a minor in Marketing and specialized in Photography. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Zack, their dog Luna, and their cat Leia. She also enjoys trying many of the great restaurants here in Louisville and going to some of the local art shows and markets. Favorite pizza? “I have yet to meet one I didn’t like” she says.


Email: Kwilson@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 901-2525
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Colleen Truman

Sales Director — Food Group

Colleen joins the Pizza Today team and will lead the team in growing the brands footprint in the traditional in-person experience as well as reaching out across the digital universe. Her background is in digital marketing and advertising helping client’s reach the right audience, at the right time, with the right message on many different platforms. Colleen lives in Louisville with her husband Dennis, daughter Kaelin and yellow lab Molly. She’s an avid gardener and loves being outside or at the lacrosse field to watch her daughter play and husband coach.


Email: Colleen.Truman@EmeraldX.com
Phone: 502-681-4326
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Stacie Dennison

Marketplace, Yellow Pages & Web Sales Director/ Tradeshow Sales

Stacie Dennison is one of Pizza Today’s resident veterans — she’s been with the company since 1994! She serves as the company’s sales director for The Marketplace, Yellow Pages and Digital advertising. She is also a Tradeshow Sales Manager for Pizza Expo and Pizza & Pasta NE for companies N-Z. She says she is blessed to work at Pizza Today and her favorite thing about her job is getting to know her clients and helping to grow their business in the pizza industry. Send her an email today and she will find the perfect marketing plan for your company or booth at one of our trade shows.

 


Email: sdennison@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 901-2528
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Bill Oakley

Show Director, Food Group

Bill joined Pizza Today and Pizza Expo in 1994 as a financial manager. He has also served in the following capacities: chief financial officer; senior vice president and general manager. Prior to his time with Pizza Today and Pizza Expo, Bill worked for United States Senator Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Department of Labor, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Commonwealth Institutional Investments and Republic Bank. Bill is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, with degrees in Marketing and Accounting. Bill’s favorite thing about his job is producing the “World’s Largest Pizza Show,” as well as the opportunity to meet and work with all the great people in the pizza industry. Bill lives Simpsonville, Kentucky, with his wife, Ellen, and daughter, Cristin. Outside of work, he’s an avid golfer; sports fanatic and lifelong fan of University of Louisville football, basketball and baseball teams. He also is a car hobbyist, likes to read, listen to music and is an avid follower of thoroughbred horseracing. Favorite pizza? The classic Margherita, of course.


Email: boakley@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 901-2534
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Liz Morgan

Customer Success Manager – Food Group

Liz joined Emerald in April 2021 as the team’s first Customer Success Manager. She is responsible for onboarding all Pizza and Bakery Expo exhibitors and making sure they have everything they need for the Expo. A previous account and project manager, Liz is well-versed in expos, events, sponsorships and marketing. She grew up in the Dayton, Ohio area and has a BA from the University of Kentucky. She now lives in Louisville, KY with her husband, Steve, daughter, January and dog, Winston. Liz’s favorite thing about her job is helping people. Some of her other favorite things include yoga, reading and learning to play guitar. Her favorite pizza is the South Pacific from The Post in Louisville, KY.


Email: Elizabeth.Morgan@EmeraldX.com
Phone: (502) 901-2524
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Patty Crone

Applications Billing Coordinator, Tradeshows and Advertising

Patty joined Pizza Today in 1999 as registration manager. She has since moved into the assistant show manager position. Prior to her time with Pizza Today, Patty worked in the accounting field. She says her favorite thing about her job at Pizza Expo is watching the show come together and working with the exhibitors. Patty lives in southern Indiana with her husband, Rich, and daughter, Amanda. Outside of work, she’s an avid reader and loves to work in her gardens.


Email: pcrone@pizzatoday.com
Phone: (502) 901-2523
Mailing Address: 908 S. 8th St., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40203

Awards

Pizza Today has won more TABBIE Awards than any other foodservice publication in the world!

Pizza Today! Pizza Today has won more TABBIE awards over the last several years than any other English speaking trade or business publication in the world from Trade, Association and Business Publication International (TABPI). The Annual TABBIE awards recognized excellence in business-to-business publications around the globe. This year’s competition included more than 500 publishing companies!
2020 (10 Awards)
Best Single Issue, Top 25
Feature Article, Top 25
Best B2B Website — GOLD
Best Use of Social Media — SILVER
Best e-Newsletter — GOLD
Best Editor’s Column — SILVER
Best Focus/Profile Article — HONORABLE MENTION
Best Feature Design — GOLD
Best Front Cover Photograph — GOLD
Best Opening Spread — BRONZE
  • Gold — Best Use of Social Media
  • Gold — Best B2B Web site
  • Gold — Opening Page or Spread
  • Silver — Best E-Newsletter
  • Bronze — Feature Design
  • Honorable Mention — Regular Column
  • Honorable Mention — Department
  • Honorable Mention — Feature Article
  • Honorable Mention — Editor’s Column
  • GOLD — Best Use of Social Media
  • GOLD — Best B2B Website
  • GOLD — E-Newsletter
  • GOLD — Front Cover, Photograph
  • GOLD — Front Cover, Special Issue
  • SILVER — Focus/Profile Article
  • HONORABLE MENTION — Special Section
  • HONORABLE MENTION — Opening Page or Spread
  • Best Use of Social Media — Gold
  • Best E-Newsletter — Silver
  • Best Special Section — Silver
  • Best Feature Article: Top 25 — 21st Place
  • Best B2B Website — Honorable Mention
  • Best Department — Honorable Mention
  • Best Feature Design — Honorable Mention
  • Best Front Cover, Photograph — Honorable Mention
  • Best Front Cover, Special Issue — Honorable Mention
  • Best Opening Page or Spread — Honorable Mention
  • Best Single Issue — Bronze
  • Best Use of Social Media — Gold
  • Best Front Cover Special Issue — Gold
  • Best Opening Page or Spread — Bronze
  • Best Front Cover Photograph — Bronze
  • Best Special Section — Honorable Mention
  • Best Feature Design — Honorable Mention
  • Best Use of Social Media – Gold Award
  • Best Feature Design – Silver
  • Best Regular Column – Silver
  • Best Focus/Profile Article – Bronze
  • Best Single Issue – 9th place
  • Best Front Cover Photography – Honorable Mention
  • Best Front Cover Special Issue – Honorable Mention
  • Best Department – Honorable Mention

2014 (5 Awards)

  • Best Use of Social Media – Silver Award
  • Best Regular Column – Gold Award
  • Best Opening Page or Spread – Honorable Mention
  • Best Feature Article – Honorable Mention
  • Best Department: Social Media – Honorable Mention

2013 (6 Awards)

  • Best Single Issue – Top 25 Issues
  • Best Use of Social Media – Gold Award
  • Best Regular Column – Bronze Award
  • Best Cover – Bronze Award
  • Best Opening Page or Spread –Honorable Mention
  • Best Feature design – Honorable Mention

2012 (3 Awards)

  • Best Single Issue – Top 25 Issues
  • Best Front Cover, Special Issue – Gold Award
  • Best Focus/Profile Article – Bronze Award

2011 (4 Awards)

  • Best Single Issue – Top 25 Issues
  • Best Editors Column – Bronze Award
  • Best Focus/Profile Article – Bronze Award
  • Best Opening Page or Spread – Honorable Mention

2010 ( …our first!)

  • Best Single Issue – Top 25 Issues

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