Release: Burkett Recognized by Marco’s Pizza

Last updated on December 11th, 2023 at 11:42 am

Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies was named ‘Equipment MVP’ at the Marco’s Pizza Convention recently in Orlando, FL.

Marco’s Pizza has partnered with Burkett over tremendous growth in the last decade, resulting in this award in 2023.

Burkett President and CEO Jameel Burkett and Key Account Manager Shannon Ciha (center) receive the Equipment MVP award from the Marco’s Pizza at the Marco’s Pizza Convention in September.

Eric Adams, general manager for Marco’s Pizza Distribution shared, “Working with Jameel, Shannon, Rachel and the rest of the team at Burkett is really fantastic. It’s obvious that Jameel leads his team to truly focus on understanding the various needs of the customer – which can be various and often complex.”

“They help us to navigate the many supply chain challenges and are often the entity introducing us to new available technologies. Even though we likely are not, Jameel treats us like we are his largest, most important customer. I’ve often said that Burkett could easily be our Equipment MVP every year. They’re just that good,” said Eric Adams.

Burkett and the Marco’s Account:

Key account manager Shannon Ciha (right) and account coordinator, Rachel Harris (left)
Rachel Harris (left) and Shannon Ciha (right)

Key Account Manager Shannon Ciha has handled the Marco’s account, working with franchisees across the nation daily since starting at Burkett over 14 years ago.

“I love the relationships I have made and am very blessed to have an amazing support team to ensure my customers always have a solution. From equipment, smallwares, restocking and resupplying, we try to do our part in helping the franchises serve their customers the best possible way,” said Ciha.

Rachel Harris supports Ciha as the account coordinator, handling all post-sale activities.

Marco’s Pizza and Burkett:

Marco’s Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza brand in America according to the 2021 NRN Top 500 U.S. Restaurant Ranking LSR Pizza Segment, has amassed over 1,100 stores nationwide in 33 states.

Burkett has had the opportunity to provide a majority of those stores with equipment and smallwares, including the Marco’s University test kitchen which opened at their corporate location on 5252 Monroe St in Toledo, OH in early 2015.

“We’ve had an incredible relationship with the Marco’s Pizza team since the beginning. We committed ourselves to aggressive growth plans together, and I’m genuinely proud of the successes we’ve shared over the past 18 years,” said Burkett’s president and CEO, Jameel Burkett.

Burkett team members getting Marco's pizza for an employee apreciation lunch.
Burkett team members enjoy Marco’s pizza for lunch

He continued, “This award is a testament to the time and energy our Burkett team dedicates to this special account. It sits on a shelf outside of my office to serve as a reminder to our employees that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed by the clients we serve.”

In celebration of the award, Burkett held a company appreciation lunch this week with, of course, Marco’s Pizza.

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