Marco’s Pizza names Gerardo Flores chief development officer

New CDO to develop growth strategies in Marco’s next stage, post-$1B annual systemwide sales

Marco’s Pizza named Gerardo Flores chief development officer (CDO). The move comes on the heels of the opening of the 1100th store. The pizza chain also surpassed $1B in annual systemwide sales.

As CDO of Marco’s Pizza, Flores will focus on developing domestic and international growth strategies, Marco’s said in a statement. Moreover, he will streamline the development process flow and ignite expansion.

Flores has two decades of franchise industry experience. Most recently, he held the role of vice president of real estate for Tropical Smoothie Café. In addition, he served as vice president of real estate at Jersey Mike’s Subs and senior director of development at Quiznos.

Earlier in his career, Flores held the role of real estate manager at Cold Stone Creamery and the property & lease manager at PetSmart. He possess a proven track record of hands-on real estate and strategic market planning experience.


“We’ve set forth aggressive franchise development growth goals, and bringing in a strong franchise leader is paramount to deliver on our future success,” said Tony Libardi, co-chief executive & president of Marco’s Pizza. “With decades of increasingly successful franchise experience in the quick-service restaurant industry, Gerardo brings a vision and growth business mindset as we continue to expand across the country and beyond.”

Toledo, Ohio-based Marco’s indicated its development pipeline is strong More than 200 pizza shops are in development. Furthermore, 350 franchise agreements have been signed.

“I am honored to join Marco’s at a time when growth is a key strategic business priority as the brand looks to its next 1,000 units,” said Flores. “My hope is that I’ll be able to make an immediate impact by improving processes that help grow the brand faster and more efficiently. My initial focus is to solidify the team and make all three pillars–Sales, Real Estate, Construction–work seamlessly together. With this, I have full confidence we’ll be able to actualize our development goals while expanding with franchisees who embrace our People-First approach to business.”


Marco’s latest performance metrics have executives gunning for the the No. 4 brand pizza spot. In 2021, AUV increased 12.8% year-over-year. Furthermore, the top half of Marco’s franchised stores posted $1,198,201 in AUV that year.

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