John Schnatter Biography
(Founder of 'Papa John's' Pizza Restaurant Chain)
Birthday: November 23, 1961 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Jeffersonville, Indiana, United States
John H. Schnatter, better known as Papa John, is a noted American entrepreneur. He is best known as the founder and former CEO of the American restaurant franchise company ‘Papa John's Pizza,’ which operates the fourth largest pizza delivery restaurant chain in the US. A business degree holder from ‘Ball State University,’ Schnatter started off by purchasing used pizza equipment with the money he received from selling his car. He then converted a broom closet in the back of his father’s pub ‘Mick's Lounge’ in Jeffersonville where he made pizzas before selling them to the customers of ‘Mick's Lounge.’ With time, his pizzas became quite popular. His company, which was launched publicly in 1993, had 1,500 stores by 1997. Schnatter remained the CEO of the company until January 1, 2018, when he stepped down from the post following comments he had made on ‘NFL’ commissioner Roger Goodell. He had blamed Goodell for doing nothing about the ‘US national anthem protests’ by football players. During his attempt to diffuse the controversy, Schnatter got entangled in a scandal that forced him to resign as the chairman of the board of directors of the company in July 2018.