Franchise Rock Star Award Winner 2022 | Franchise Business Review

Mike & Angie Christianson Recognized as a 2022 Franchise Rock Star

Pizza Ranch’s Mike and Angie Christianson were identified by franchise research firm, Franchise Business Review, as being one of 2022’s Franchise Rock Stars.

The Christianson’s were selected from over 30,000 franchisees, representing more than 300 brands that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research.

The Franchise Rock Stars were nominated by their franchise brand’s leadership in one of eight categories as franchisees who set admirable examples when it comes to leadership, business acumen, financial and professional success, and contributing to their community. Categories included: Giving Back, Women, Millennials, Veterans, Family-Owned, “Freshmen”, Top-Performers, and Multi-Unit Owners.

“Since joining the Pizza Ranch system in 2009, Mike and Angie Christianson have focused on operational excellence and growth of their 9 restaurants. They have grown their multi-unit portfolio in several ways; organic growth of new locations, acquisition of existing locations, and aggressive expansion of the Pizza Ranch FunZone Arcade brand. In addition to sales and growth performance, they have been thought leaders within Pizza Ranch, particularly with the FunZone Arcade brand. Not only have the Christianson’s helped spark the growth of our FunZone brand, their FunZones also rank consistently in our top 10. Mike and his team consistently share best practices, offer feedback to other franchisees, and, on occasion, provide training to new franchisees looking to open arcades. Mike has also been a part of our Franchise Advisory Council, yet another example of his leadership within the chain.”

-Mark Souba, Chief Development Officer, Pizza Ranch

“There are thousands of inspiring franchise owners who are living their dreams of business ownership every day. Not only that, but many of them also exemplify a real commitment to being leaders, mentors, and brand ambassadors in their communities,” said Michelle Rowan, president & COO of Franchise Business Review. “Each year it gets harder and harder to narrow down the list, but the franchisees recognized this year truly stand out as exceptional examples of achieving success within the franchise model. We are thrilled to recognize these individuals as Franchise Rock Stars.”

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About Pizza Ranch

Cultivating its mission “To give every guest a legendary experience” since its inception in 1981, Pizza Ranch connects with its communities in a way that provides bridges for friends, family and colleagues to come together. Today, Pizza Ranch is based in Orange City, Iowa and owns, operates and franchises over 200 locations in 14 states. Consistent growth has been a Pizza Ranch staple, as the brand has become a beacon of community involvement and exceptional food. The Pizza Ranch buffet features legendary pizzas, crispy ranch chicken, salads and desserts, and is delivered with an unmatched service quality.

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