Jim Schwartz - Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Schwartz is an experienced multi-unit and multi-brand senior executive with over 25 years of experience in strategic and operational brand leadership at NPC International.

Mr. Schwartz is currently Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board. During Mr. Schwartz's leadership, the Company has achieved positive comparable store sales in 14 out of the past 16 years and has been a leading franchisee within the Pizza Hut system. When Mr. Schwartz became President in 1995, the Company operated approximately 350 restaurants. In the past two decades, the number of units operated has increased significantly under Mr. Schwartz's leadership. Mr. Schwartz also led the previously publicly traded NPC to a private buyback in 2001, and through two separate transactions in 2006 and 2011 selling the company to private equity firms.

Mr. Schwartz has been a Director of the Restaurant Supply Chains Solutions, LLC, the purchasing cooperative for the Pizza Hut system since its founding in 1999. He is actively involved in the Pizza Hut system and has served three full terms on the International Pizza Hut Franchise Association Board of Directors and currently serves as its Chairman of the Board. Mr. Schwartz has also served on the Pizza Hut Advertising Committee for many years.

In 2004, Mr. Schwartz was inducted into the Pizza Hut Franchisee Hall of Fame. Additionally, in 2013 Mr. Schwartz was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Central Midwest Retail category for his leadership and strategic direction provided throughout his tenure at NPC.

Mr. Schwartz earned a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas.


Steve Layt - President and CEO - Pizza Hut

Steve started his 30-year restaurant career as a Cashier at KFC in Australia. He slowly but surely worked his way through just about every operational leadership position within the industry, including senior roles within YUM Brands and its Pizza Hut Division where Steve was a Head Coach responsible for the Franchise Operations of half of the United States.

As a nationally certified executive coach, Steve most recently lead his own global consulting and executive coaching firm that partnered with restaurant and retail organizations on improving their operational effectiveness, people development and results. Prior to launching his own firm, Steve was the President of Applebee’s, the worlds largest casual dining restaurant company, based out of Kansas City.


Troy Cook - Executive Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

Mr. Cook has more than 20 years of experience in finance and strategic planning at NPC International.  He joined NPC in February 1995 as Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2007.

Mr. Cook brings extensive experience in finance and strategic planning, including leading the company in over 20 acquisitions during his tenure - including the recent diversification into the Wendy's brand. Mr. Cook has led NPC through the sale of the Company using a leveraged buyout from two separate private equity firms in 2006 and 2011.

Mr. Cook is a member of the Restaurant Supply Chains Solutions Cheese Task Force.

Mr. Cook earned his B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas.


Vonnie Walbert - Senior Vice President of People Leadership

Ms. Walbert has 19 years experience with NPC International and over 24 years of human resources in the sales and services industry. She joined NPC in February 1999 as the Vice President of Human Resources and was promoted to her current position in 2011 as Senior Vice President of People Leadership.

Ms. Walbert serves on various committees within the Pizza Hut system, including acting Chairman of the People Capability and Training Committee and she is a member of the Government and Political Affairs Committee.

Ms. Walbert earned her B.S. in Human Resources Management from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Rockhurst University.


Linda Sheedy - Senior Vice President of Marketing

Mrs. Sheedy has 20 years experience with NPC International and bring extensive marketing experience to the Company with over 20 years experience within the food service industry. She joined NPC International in January 1998 as the Vice President Marketing and was promoted to her current position in 2011 as Senior Vice President Marketing.

Mrs. Sheedy serves on various Pizza Hut committees including the Beverage Committee and Marketing Advisory Council.

Mrs. Sheedy earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.


Mike Woods - Chief Information Officer

Mr. Woods joined NPC International in April 2003 and serves as Chief Information Officer. Prior to that he was with Hastings Entertainment, Inc. in Amarillo, TX where he served as CIO from 1999 through 2003 and prior to that Vice President of Information Systems.

Mr. Woods holds an Associate of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland and served in the United States Army from 1981 through 1985.


Randy Adams - Senior Vice President of Operations - Wendy's

Randy Adams joined NPC as Wendy’s Vice President of Operations in September of 2015, and since then, he has led the NPC Wendy’s team to consistently deliver Top Tier Operations. In addition, Randy led the flawless assimilation of two large markets (DMV, VMA) and has worked to build a strong relationship with Wendy’s brand leadership. 

Prior to joining NPC, Randy was a multi-unit executive with significant leadership roles at ACE Cash Express, H&R Block, Russell Stover Candies and CompUSA.  


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