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Columbus pizza executive named top 5 in the country at recent event

Columbus pizza executive named top 5 in the country at recent event

Jack McLaughlin

Alongside Wizard of Za (which took home a top-10 rising brand award) at the recent International Pizza Expo, another Columbus concept received some big-time recognition.

CEO of the Columbus-based chain Donato’s, Tom Krouse, was recognized as the 4th-best pizza executive in the country at the expo’s awards ceremony. 

Here’s what the event had to say about Krouse:


Tom Krouse has served as the CEO of Donatos since OCtober 2010 and has been responsible for not only growing the brand’s traditional restaurant reach, but also leading non-traditional growth through a strategic partnership with Red Robin and additional opportunities with REEF Kitchens, which put the family-owned brand in 27 states and 431 total locations.

Krouse, who is only the fourth CEO in the family-owned company’s 60-year history, led the chain to make Pizza Marketplace’s 2023 Pizza Brands to Watch and a co-founder, board member and past chair of the Columbus Music Commission. 

The award for pizza executive nominated 25 total pizza leaders.

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