About Azzip Pizza

Azzip (pronounced “Ay – Zip”) was conceived as an idea by founder Brad Niemeier while in college. As a student, Brad won Purdue’s Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition and $20,000 to launch the business. With the help of friend Blake Kollker, an accomplished chef, Azzip’s menu and concept went from business plan to reality. With Mom as his accountant, Dad as his handyman, and brother rolling dough, Azzip sold its first pizza on February 5th, 2014 in Evansville, IN. Since opening, Brad recruited other family members and friends to join the business to help spread Azzip to new pizza-loving customers.

Staff

Corporate Staff

Brad Niemeier

Founder, Pizza Enthusiast

Blake Kollker

Director of Food and Purchasing

Dan Niemeier

Director of Facilities

Craig Niemeier

Director of Operations

Andy Niemeier

Co-CEO

Laura Niemeier

Accounting

Kenzie Campbell

Office Manager

Zack Mathis

Director of Marketing

Mark Feldkamp

Northern Regional Manager

Josh Boze

Southern Regional Manager

General Managers

Derek Lappe

Evansville - West

Kelli Lutterman

Newburgh

Mason Wetzel

Evansville - East

Emily Benefield

Bowling Green

Craig Melvin

Terre Haute

Shaun Roach

Bloomington

Brandi Hayes

Lafayette

Mike Rohner

Owensboro

Noah Alvey

Evansville - North

Billy Harper

Indianapolis - Greenwood

History

  • 2012
    • Brad won Burton D Morgan Business Plan Competition at Purdue University

    • Recipe and Ingredient Research and Development for Azzip

  • 2013
    • Signed First Lease for Evansville Westside Location

  • 2014
    • February 5

      Opening of Evansville Westside Location

    • September 17

      Opening of Newburgh Location

    • Won Evansville Living Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant “ Award

  • 2015
    • First won Evansville Courier and Press Readers’ Choice Gold Award for “Best Place for Pizza” (3x winner)

    • February 9

      Hosted first "We Give A'Zip" giveback with Newburgh Elementary School

  • 2016
    • Moved out of Mom and Dad's basement into Azzip Headquarters in Evansville

    • Introduced the Mac Daddy and General Yum Yum in the next line of customer favorite Pizza of the Months

    • Raised starting pay for all employees to $10 per hour

  • 2017
    • March 1

      March Crabness takes over Azzip stores for the first time in... March

    • Hosted first Kid's Make Your Own Pizza day

  • 2018
    • April 8

      Azzip comes full circle with opening of Lafayette, IN location near Purdue University

    • Launched cauliflower crust and zero sausage ingredient options

    • Instituted the Power of Pizza philosophy to create memorable experiences for Azzip customers

    • Again raised starting pay to $11 per hour

  • 2020
    • Our 10th location, the first Indy-area store, to open in the Summer

    • Named #67 on the FastCasual Top 100 "Movers & Shakers" List

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