Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation Adds Two Veterans to Operations Team

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Paul Valle and Valentino Mennitto join as VP of Information Systems and Director of Research & Development, respectively.

Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation, parent company to Papa Gino's and D'Angelo, bolstered its operations team with the additions of industry veterans, Paul Valle and Valentino (Tino) Mennitto. With nearly 50 years combined expertise, Mr. Valle will serve as Papa Gino's Holdings Corp.'s Vice President of Information Systems and Mr. Mennitto will become the company's Director of Research & Development.

"We are thrilled to add two experienced, talented employees to our operations team," said Tom Galligan, CEO and President of Papa Gino's Holdings Corp. "We have entrusted both Paul and Tino with mission-critical operations for our company and look to their leadership to streamline our operations and keep Papa Gino's and D'Angelo on the cutting-edge in technology and research and development."

Mr. Valle's responsibilities will center on Papa Gino's and D'Angelo's long-term and short-term technology goals, in addition to evaluating and streamlining technologies for the fast casual chains' daily operations. Prior to joining Papa Gino's Holdings Corp., Mr. Valle was the director of technology integration/business intelligence for Answerthink, Inc. in New York.

Over the past 27 years, Mr. Valle has worked in IT management and consulting. He spent 12 years as a director of information technology and has extensive experience with IT transformation, ERP systems, POS networks and Business Intelligence systems. Mr. Valle will relocate to Boston with his wife Jan and enjoys travel and cooking.

As Director of Research and Development for Papa Gino's, Inc., Mr. Mennitto will direct new menu development, culinary procedures, R&D, product quality and menu enhancements for both concepts. Mr. Mennitto began his culinary career with Lexington, Kentucky's Hyatt Regency Hotel as Banquet Sous Chef and later as Sous Chef for the Hyatt's gourmet restaurant, "The Duck Club." In 1989, Mennitto joined Seed Restaurant Group, Inc., parent company of Fazoli's Restaurants, a fast-casual family Italian restaurant chain, and was instrumental in the evolution of Fazoli's transition into the fast-casual dining segment.

Mennitto received his Corporate Executive Chef certification from the American Culinary Federation and earned his Associate of Occupational Studies degree from the CIA in Hyde Park, New York. He is a member of the National Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Research Chef's Association (RCA). He resides in Attleboro, MA with his family and is an outdoor enthusiast. He also enjoys golf and travel.

Papa Gino's Holdings Corp.

Based in Dedham, Massachusetts, Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation is the parent company of Papa Gino's Pizzeria and D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches. Papa Gino's Holdings Corp. operates 374 company-owned and franchised Papa Gino's, D'Angelo and dual-location restaurants and employs more than 5,000 people. Both D'Angelo and Papa Gino's are committed to providing high-quality products, attentive service, clean, convenient, attractive restaurants, and a premium value experience for every guest. The company culture, which is characterized by its values, a strong work ethic and the fair treatment of people, includes a large number of people who have spent their entire working lives in these restaurants, keeping the passion for excellence alive. For more information about Papa Gino's Holdings Corp. and its brands, please visit http://www.papaginos.com.

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