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 23 years of experience in strategic and operational brand leadership at NPC International.
Mr. Schwartz is currently Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating 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.
Troy Cook - Executive Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Mr. Cook has 19 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 15 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 16 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.