Papa John's International, Inc.

Papa John's International, Inc.

Papa John's International, Inc.

Date Founded



2002 Papa John's Boulevard, Louisville, KY, 40299-2367, USA

Type of Company


Employees (Worldwide)




Company Description

As a high school student working at a local pizza pub in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Papa John's founder John Schnatter felt there was something missing from national pizza chains – a superior-quality traditional pizza delivered right to the customer's door. His dream was to one day open a pizza restaurant that would fill that void. In 1983, John picked up his business degree from Ball State University and went back to Jeffersonville, Indiana. There, at the age of 22, he knocked down the broom closet of his father's tavern (Mick's Lounge), purchased $1600 worth of used restaurant equipment, and began delivering pizzas out of the back of the bar. From day one, John knew he could make a better pizza by using fresh dough and superior-quality ingredients, and he refused to sway from that commitment to quality. It worked, and people loved his pizza. In 1984, John opened his first Papa John's restaurant, and Papa John's has been going strong ever since. Today, Papa John's is the recognized leader of the pizza category and now owns or franchises more than 3,500 restaurants in all 50 states and 29 countries. More than 25 years later, one thing remains the same – Papa John's is still fully committed to delivering on its brand promise of "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza."

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Executives & Employees

Founder Chairman

President & Chief Executive Officer

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Chief Information & Digital Officer

Chief Ingredient Officer

Chief Legal Officer

Co-Operative President, Western Washington

President, International & Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Vice President of Investor Relations & Strategy

Chief Officer

Board of Directors

Former President & Director at International Federation of Accountants

Founder Chairman at Papa John's International, Inc.

Co-President at IMG Worldwide, Inc.

Former Vice President-Community & External Affairs at Silver Eagle Distributors LP

Former Executive Chairman, International Lease Finance Corporation at AIG

Executive Director at N.M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd.

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Eminence Capital focuses on fundamental long/short equity investing. The firm's Classic Funds seek to achieve above-average long-term capital appreciation through investments primarily in equity securities. In seeking to achieve this objective, the firm employs a research-driven, quality value investment strategy. This strategy emphasizes the traditional elements of value investing and is coupled with a strong focus on investing in high quality businesses and avoiding or selling short low quality businesses. In addition to their Classic Funds, Eminence Capital also manages Leveraged Classic Funds that generally replicate the portfolios of their Classic Funds, but with each position size multiplied by approximately 1.5x that of their classic exposure. The firm's Long Funds generally replicate the long positions held in the Classic and Leveraged Classic funds. Eminence Capital also provides investment advisory services to the owner of a separately managed account (SMA), the portfolio of which is is made up primarily of a subset of the long positions of the portfolios of the Classic and Leveraged Classic Funds.

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Bares Capital Management manages client accounts in long-only concentrated small-cap and mid/large-cap equity strategies. In these strategies, they primarily invest in the equity of publicly-traded US companies. US. Bares Capital's typical client in these strategies utilizes a number of other managers that specialize in investment strategies that differ from the firm's strategies. This diversification at the manager level alleviates Bares Capital from the need for a diversified portfolio in the traditional definition and allows them to remain invested in 8-12 of their best investment ideas in each small-cap and mid/large-cap portfolio. The firm identifies candidates for investment using fundamental research. They consider the financial condition of the candidate as well as qualitative factors relevant to the future performance of the candidate. The firm's qualitative research focuses on the competitive aspects of the business under consideration and an evaluation of management capability. On occasion, investments may include the debt of publicly traded companies, mutual funds and ETFs.

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Copeland Capital Management (CCM) manages dividend growth investment strategies across all capitalization ranges in traditional, tactical, international and alternative products. Their strategies are available as separate accounts, manager models, mutual funds, and hedge funds.CCM's domestic dividend growth strategies include Large-Cap, Mid-Cap, SMID-Cap, Small-Cap, Micro-Cap, All-Cap Risk-Managed, Large-Cap Relative Value, and Fixed Income/Balanced. Copeland's international dividend growth strategies include: International Risk-Managed, International All-Cap, International Small-Cap, and Global Equity.Copeland manages the Copeland Trust, a registered investment company consisting of the Copeland Risk Managed Dividend Growth Fund, the Copeland International Risk Managed Dividend Growth Fund, and the Copeland SMID-Cap Dividend Growth Fund. They also manage the Katama Capital Fund LP, a hedge fund. In addition, the firm provides investment supervisory services on a discretionary basis to clients under various wrap fee programs.

Recent Transactions
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Preferred Restaurant Brands, Inc. purchases Papa Johns International, Inc. /2 Branches Fresno, California from Papa John's International, Inc.

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TVS Capital Funds, Om Pizzas & Eats India Pvt Ltd., Avan Projects Pvt. Ltd. purchase Pizza Corner India Pvt Ltd. from G Partners (Belgium) SPRL, Global Franchise Architects Co., Ltd.

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Papa Johns International, Inc. /Management purchases Papa Johns International /Irish Franchise from Papa John's International, Inc.

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Advised onPapa John's International, Inc. purchases Papa Johns GB Holdings Ltd.

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Advised onPapa John's International, Inc. purchases Papa Johns GB Holdings Ltd.

Investment Advisor

Advised onPapa John's International, Inc. purchases Papa Johns GB Holdings Ltd.

Advisors & Consultants
Legal Advisor

Former Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP


Former Chief Strategy Officer & Senior Vice President at Luckie & Co. LLC

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