MEET THE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Chairman and Co-CEO
Marco’s Pizza CEO Jack Butorac is an industry veteran with more than 40 years’ experience turning high- quality local restaurant concepts into thriving national companies.
Butorac’s first job after earning his degree from Minnesota State University was for a fast-moving company called Zapata’s, featuring a small group of Mexican fast-food stores and a line of grocery products. At Zapata’s, Butorac started as a manager trainee and quickly advanced through the ranks to Director of Operations, overseeing the restaurant division. After Heublein acquired Zapata’s, Butorac became responsible for packaging Zapata’s for national expansion to KFC Franchisees. Following his success with Zapata’s, Butorac was sought out by Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurant, Fuddruckers, and other concepts.
Co-CEO and President
Tony Libardi was named President in addition to being Chief Operating Officer on January 1, 2018.. The move came at a pivotal time as the brand rapidly approaches the opening of its 1,000th store and celebrates its 40th anniversary. Prior to Tony’s promotion, he was the Chief Operating Officer & the Executive Vice President of Operations for Marco’s Pizza when he started working for Marco’s in June of 2014.
Prior to joining Marco’s Pizza in 2014, Tony spent 10 years running a $1 billion division of Burger King Corporation as the Vice President of Company Operations leading a restaurant portfolio of 750 locations with combined sales of approximately $900 million annually and over $145 million in EBITDA. Tony also ran the joint venture between Magic Johnson and Burger King, serving as the principal liaison in a huge marketing initiative.
Tony is a former Unites States Marine, 2nd Division, 2nd Tank Battalion. He’s a huge New York Giants & New York Yankee’s fan. His favorite Marcos Pizza is the Hawaiian Pizza.
Sr. VP & Chief Experience Officer
Steve Seyferth became our Sr. VP & Chief Experience Officer in 2020 after serving as our Chief Marketing Officer since 2017. Seyferth oversees every aspect of the customer journey for the Marco’s brand, and he continues to oversee marketing as well as working with operations to ensure customer-centric focus that will explore new sales channels and enhance Marco’s current experiences.
Seyferth has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing and in the past spearheaded award-winning marketing campaigns for brands such as Kraft, Wheaties, Coors, Domino’s Pizza, Ford Motor Company and Gatorade.
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Richard Stanbridge talent exceeds 40 years of experience in marketing, financial services and manufacturing. His experience includes marketing and sales programs for fortune 500 companies as well as small technology product manufacturing across international borders, all areas of corporate operations with particular strengths in areas such as banking relationships, financial reporting systems, financial strategy including debtor in possession financing. In recent years, Mr. Stanbridge has worked with many franchise opportunities and understands the many facets of franchising startups.
Past President and one of the co‑founders of Fidelity Communications, combines his business education from the University of Michigan and Georgetown University with over forty years of experience in many areas of the telecommunications industry.
Chief Development Officer
Prior to joining Marco’s Pizza, Stilwell spent the last 35 years in the restaurant and franchise industry helping brands like Taco Bell, Kahala Corp., Peter Piper Pizza, and Red Robin drive growth and improve profitability.
Stilwell spent the last two years as an Area Representative for Marco’s Pizza. He built six locations and learned the ins and outs of the brand while learning more about the people who help make the brand successful. After becoming impressed with the leadership team, the Area Representatives in the system, and the quality of the product, Stilwell was hooked on Marco’s and was confident he could help take the popular pizza restaurant to the next level by re-entering corporate America.
Chief of Operations
Brown, a Marco’s Pizza Area Representative and Franchisee for more than a decade, leads both franchise operations as well as company-managed operations. Brown began his career in the pizza industry 40 years ago as a delivery driver for Domino’s, while attending The Ohio State University. He worked his way up the ranks at Domino’s and ultimately became the Senior Vice President of Operations for its largest franchisee, overseeing stores in eight states and two foreign countries. He joined the Marco’s Pizza brand in 2008 and now owns nine stores and serves as an Area Representative for Marco’s Pizza in Alabama and Middle Tennessee.
Chief Marketing Officer
Tussing joined Marco’s Pizza in 2020 after serving as CMO for a full-service marketing agency, where he led the strategy behind the Marco’s Pizza brand assignment in July 2017. As an expert in brand positioning and strategy, Tussing’s leadership and strategy helped catapult the Marco’s brand into the national spotlight. He has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and has worked with such brands as Northwestern Mutual, Clorox, Wrigley, Mars, Kraft and Anheuser-Busch.
Tussing holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Southern California and is a competitive runner and cyclist.
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