Lupoli, owner of Sal’s Pizza, is included on a list with CEOs from national chains like Ruth’s Chris, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, and Papa John’s.
Lawrence, MA, April 6th, 2021 – Sal Lupoli, the owner of local franchise Sal’s Pizza, was named to Nations Restaurant News’ list of most influential CEOs in the country alongside CEOs of Ruth’s Chris, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, Papa John’s, and many more.
Nation’s Restaurant News publishes this list annually to showcase CEOs that exhibit a strong sense of leadership, and lead with impact and innovation.
“I am so honored to be included as one of the Most Influential Restaurant CEOs in the country. Throughout the past year, every CEO on this list has faced obstacles and challenges that were impossible to predict. None of us were ready for this pandemic, but we faced it head-on and came out stronger. One year later, I am proud to say that not one employee was let go from Sal’s Pizza as a result of COVID-19. I am only as good as the team that surrounds me, and I am thankful for every one of our Sal’s Pizza family members.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March of 2020 and the governor of Massachusetts made the decision to restrict all restaurants to takeout only, Sal came up with a plan to avoid layoffs. Within 24 hours of the governor’s mandate, Sal made the executive decision to slash all pizza prices by 50% through a new program called Pizza with a Purpose. He did this to increase demand for his pizza, which, in turn, would counter the need for layoffs. Sal’s plan worked and Sal’s Pizza has successfully powered through the pandemic.
Sal also launched Pizza for the People, an initiative to donate pizza to front-line workers at hospitals, police stations, fire departments, and assisted living centers. Since the start of the pandemic, Sal’s Pizza has donated thousands of pizzas to the people helping keep their communities safe throughout this unprecedented year.
In 2020, Sal grew his executive team, bringing on some heavy hitters including Ronald Walker, former Secretary of Labor for Massachusetts, as COO; Fergal Gildea, former Food and Beverage Director for the Revere Hotel in Boston, as Food and Beverage Director; Christie Cartwright, former Director of Marketing for BNEG, as Director of Marketing and Communications; and Edgar Colon, former Human Resources Director at Autojon Group, as VP of Human Resources. In 2021, Sal continues to add more executive-level talent to the growing Sal’s Pizza/Lupoli Companies team.
Lupoli Companies is an award-winning organization with over two decades of growth and development throughout New England. Our focus is on creating opportunities in Gateway Cities across Massachusetts that transform communities through job creation and economic development. What started as a small family-run business the hospitality industry grew to include more than 4 million square feet of innovative brands in commercial and residential real estate. These core industries, although independent, are bound by a desire to keep improving the products and services in the communities we serve.