John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, joined President Mitch Daniels in an hour long discussion and audience Q&A.
John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, was featured in the Spring 2016 Presidential Lecture Series with Purdue President Mitch Daniels. The president lead the hourlong discussion with Schnatter, which included an audience question-and-answer session. The event was free and open to the public. Purdue Convocations assists the Office of the President with the series.
Schnatter has strong ties to Indiana. He was born in Jeffersonville and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Ball State University, delivering pizzas on campus while a student. After returning home to Jeffersonville in 1983, he started his own pizza company, knocking down a broom closet in his father’s tavern, installing an oven and delivering pizzas out of the back of the bar.
He believed by using fresh dough and quality ingredients, he could make the same great-tasting pizza that locally owned shops offered but didn’t deliver. Papa John’s is now the third-largest pizza chain in the world, with more than 4,700 restaurants in 50 states and 38 countries and territories, and a market capitalization of $2.2 billion.
Schnatter was inducted into the Louisville Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame.
The Presidential Lecture Series is a diverse series of lectures on policy, leadership, culture and society. The series will feature prominent experts and practitioners from various fields of interest for both the academics and the community at-large. Connected with each public presentation, speakers will be integrated into relevant curricular activities on the West Lafayette campus during their visits.