Our Team: Mirza

This blog post is the first of a new series we will be doing called “Our Team”.  We have a ton of amazing employees at Azzip and wanted a way to highlight some of them publicly. We also want you to get to know our team members that are in the store every day.  The format will be a question and answer segment that allows our employees the chance to tell their story.

When Mirza Husadinovic interviewed for our General Manager position in the soon to be open Bowling Green store, we got a good feeling from him right off the bat.  What we didn’t know was the full extent of was how hard of a worker he was.  How good of a manager he would be.  And how great of a person we found.  Mirza has all the attributes we look for in a General Manager and leader of our team.  He steps forward and does any job in the restaurant.  He leads by example and sets clear expectations for our team members.  We are lucky to have such a great leader in the store! 

Mirza also has an incredible story of how he got to this place in his life.  It makes me appreciate all the things I had growing up.  Mirza has worked extra hard to get to where he is today.  So without further ado, here is Mirza:

Tell us about Mirza.

My name is Mirza Husadinovic. I’m 25.

I was born and raised in Bosnia until the age of 9.  In the first 5 years of my life Bosnia was taken over by the Serbs, the war was part of the breakup of Yugoslavia. After the war had ended, United States helped the refugees from Bosnia to start a new life in the states. We finally got our opportunity in 2001.
Editor’s Note: Mirza’s brother Hajrudin also works at Azzip.

After going through the war and the struggles after that, my family has stayed really close. Once we made it to United States, my mom and dad worked hard to make sure we never had to struggle like that again and at the same time they always instilled the values of family and what it means to be a hard working individual.

Fast forward to 2007, I started working at Sonic washing dishes and worked throughout high school and college. After 6 years of working hard, I finally got the opportunity to become general manager of Sonic. I declined that position and ended up taking a job in Nashville to become a general manager for Saladworks. Three years later I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Azzip Pizza and applied for a job and it was the best decision ever.

Tell us about Azzip.

When I first saw the ad for Azzip I was still at Saladworks in Nashville, I had decided I wanted to make the move back to Bowling Green to be closer to family so I applied. Since I have worked with food in the past Azzip was a great choice, as well as the fact that it is a family business was a definite plus. It was a new restaurant coming to Bowling Green so it was a great opportunity to be a part of that.

I love the environment at Azzip and the front office crew is amazing. Anytime I have a question or something is going on, they are always there and don’t mind driving down to Bowling Green in case I need something. Azzip is the only restaurant that I have known to actually take over the store and send everyone home while still getting paid for your shift. That means so much to us and that’s one of many reasons I love Azzip.

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Azzip, whose job would you want?

If I could switch jobs with anyone in the company I would want Craig’s job (Director of Field Operations and manages all the store managers). My ultimate goal is to own a restaurant but I know I got a long road ahead of me before that happens.

What is your favorite pizza creation at Azzip?

I’m very picky when it comes to food so my favorite pizza creation that I make pretty much everyday I work is a 8″ red sauce, garlic butter, pesto, chicken, meatballs, Grippos and sriracha.

People would be surprised if they knew…

When I was 19 I auditioned for American Idol on a dare and sang the classic “Oops, I did it again” by Britney Spears. Surprisingly I didn’t make it to Hollywood.

What advice would you give to recent new hires?

My best advice to new hires is to always remember that customers come first! If you see a dirty table don’t wait for someone else to clean it.

How do you define success?

Knowing that I’ve helped others and made a positive impact on their life is true success to me.