Nick Sarillo Entrepreneur, Author, Founder and CEO of Nick’s Pizza & Pub to Present at Charfen Institute’s Breakthrough Conference

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Former construction worker turned pizza entrepreneur will share knowledge on “How to Succeed in Any Market Condition” at this summer’s real estate industry conference

Nick Sarillo, Founder and CEO of Nick's Pizza & Pub

...Sarillo was able to create a company cultute deeply rooted with purpose, value, community, and trust.

Alex Charfen, CEO of the Charfen Institute, announced today that the company’s lineup of speakers for its July 15-18, 2012, Breakthrough Conference in Las Vegas will include Nick Sarillo, founder and CEO of the fifth busiest independent pizza company in the U.S., Nick’s Pizza & Pub.

This year, the Charfen Institute’s Breakthrough Conference presents an unprecedented networking and production-boosting opportunity for real estate agents. For the first time ever, it will bring together STAR POWER® Stars, Certified Distressed Property Experts® (CDPE), Certified Investor Agent Specialists® (CIAS), and other real estate professionals, all of whom are among the top-producing agents in the industry and on the front lines of the housing market recovery.

“Nick’s Pizza & Pub is an inspiration to every entrepreneur. Sarillo was able to create a company culture deeply rooted with purpose, value, community and trust. This is the future of business,” said Charfen. “We’re excited to bring his insights and strategies on how to succeed in any market condition to business individuals and Breakthrough attendees, who might be experiencing similar business struggles.”

The first Nick’s Pizza & Pub was opened in 1995 and a second opened in 2005. In a competitive restaurant industry, Sarillo currently runs the fifth busiest independent pizza company in the U.S., no small feat considering there are more than 65,000 pizza restaurants. In an industry that normally sees huge turnover rates, his retention rate is five times the industry average. The company’s dedication, values, and profit shares are key reasons for the retention rate.

“At Nick’s, we serve great pizza, but what we really do is focus on doing well and creating an inspirational culture, “ said Sarillo, who has been recognized in a variety of media achievements including in Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, and on the Fox Business channel. Learn more about Sarillo’s secrets to creating the best company culture at this year’s Breakthrough Conference.

For more information about the Charfen Institute’s Breakthrough Conference and the complete lineup of more than 45 speakers, visit:

About the Charfen Institute:
The Charfen Institute educates and trains real estate professionals and small business owners to find opportunities in chaos – either by providing solutions to the foreclosure crisis or empowering entrepreneurs with strategies to embrace their companies’ full potential. The company produces more than 300 educational events each year through various divisions, including: the Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) Designation, the Certified Investor Agent Specialist® (CIAS), LEAD Experience™, and its annual Breakthrough Conference. The CDPE Designation is the fastest growing independent designation in real estate industry history, with more than 40,000 agents trained since 2008. In 2011, the Charfen Institute ranked No. 21 on the Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

About Nick Sarillo and Nick’s Pizza & Pub:
As the founder and CEO of the fifth busiest independent pizza company in per-store sales in the United States, Nick Sarillo of Nick’s Pizza & Pub has garnered national media attention for the impetus behind his business’ success—an inventive, purpose- and values-driven approach to training and leadership. Under Sarillo’s direction, Nick’s Pizza & Pub, located in Crystal Lake and Elgin, IL boasts an 80 percent employee retention rate in an industry in which the average annual turnover is close to 150 percent. Sarillo’s forthcoming book “A Slice of Pie” (Portfolio, 2012) will highlight his “on purpose” principles for building an inspiring, high-performance organization from the bottom up. For more on his business philosophy, visit:

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