ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Norman Rader, President
Norm always said he had “sauce in his veins.” His pizza career began in 1980. While attending college, he was hired to deliver pizzas for Dominos Pizza. Shortly thereafter, he entered their management training program and fell in love with the pizza business. Later that same year, he became a general manager and in the course of the next four years managed stores in Texas, New York, and Maryland. Norm was then promoted to regional store opening specialist before an opportunity arrived to purchase his own store in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over the next twenty-two years, he owned and operated his own independent chain of stores in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
Norm sold his last remaining stores in 2002 and moved to South Florida to start a new venture. In 2015, he discovered the new and popular fast casual pizza business. With the development and creation of Fired Up Pizza, he’s returned to his passion—pizza!
Dave Lengel, Vice President
Dave is a Pennsylvania native and a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. He brings thirty years of retail ownership and management to the team. His experience includes ten years in the pizza industry, co-owning and managing three stores that sold and delivered over two million pizzas in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
In 2015, Dave fulfilled a long-term goal when he relocated to South Florida and became a full-time resident. However, his retirement was short-lived when he discovered the blossoming world of fast casual pizza. Dave immediately realized he needed to get back in the pizza game. The creation of Fired Up Pizza is an answer to that calling.