Pizza Pizza founder dies of cancer at age 70

April 10, 2010

I never met Michael Overs but am familiar with his work.

The Toronto Star reports on the death of Pizza Pizza founder Michael Overs in Everybody Knew his pizza Chain’s number.

Reporter Danny Gallagher states:

Michael Overs’ legacy started to take shape on New Year’s Eve in 1967, when he opened a 300-square-foot pizza joint at Parliament and Wellesley streets. He called it Pizza Pizza.

From that modest beginning, Overs turned Pizza Pizza into a quick-service icon and one of Canada’s leading chains for people on the go. was created to help franchisee investors improve their decision making: It helps “connect the dots” regarding business risk. I provide additional services as well.

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2nd largest Oz franchisor hires 2009 convicted record-breaking wage-dodger

January 25, 2010

Convicted wage-dodger gets plum job

Don’t you just love that headline?

It seems Jim’s Mowing et al, Australia’s 2nd largest franchisor group by numbers of investors,  just hired a man called Richard Reid as their second in command who:

…was fined $207,900 in the Melbourne Magistrates Court in July, has been appointed chief operating officer of Jim’s Group.

His appointment has caused bemusement among several of the Group’s master franchisors, many of whom have been trying to remove its high-profile head, Jim Penman, from the organisation he founded.

In the Justice’s opinion:

Magistrate Kate Hawkins, in sentencing Mr Reid and his company Reiquin Pty Ltd, said he had “attempted to take advantage of the youth and naivety of his employees”.

“Mr Reid is university educated and I infer must have known at all relevant times the actions … were wholly unlawful,” she said.

“It is beyond contemplation that an employer in Australia in the twenty-first century could think otherwise.”

The fine was a Victorian record. Mr Reid told the court had had “felt overwhelmed by the pressures of running his business”.

Fair Work Ombudsman Victoria executive director Michael Campbell said: “This is completely unacceptable and I want to make it abundantly clear that would-be slave merchants will be rooted out and prosecuted.”

I love the Australians.

Reminds me of another executive VP, Lorn/Lawrence Austin who’s now running Miami Subs.

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