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2009 Restaurant Executive Summit
Bryon Stephens
Vice President of New Business Development
Marco's Pizza

Bryon Stephens, vice president of new business development for Marco's Pizza (Marco's Franchising, LLC), develops and executes the company's growth strategy; creates and manages franchisee recruitment campaigns; and oversees the logistics of new store openings, including real estate and construction.

Stephens joined Marco's Pizza in 2005, recognizing a strong business model from his years of experience developing successful franchises.

Most recently, Stephens was senior director of franchise development for YUM! Brands, Inc. Prior to that, he was vice president of franchise development for Yorkshire Global Restaurants (the parent company of A&W and Long John Silver's), acquired by YUM! in 2002. Stephens was the only Yorkshire employee appointed to lead a company department post-merger.

Stephens' favorite Marco's pizza toppings are pepperoni, sausage, onion and green olives.