Hakki Akdeniz
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Hakki Akdeniz

  • United States
  • New York's "Pizza King"
    Owner of Pizzeria chain "Champion Pizza" in New York

Biography

Hakki Akdeniz was born in a small village in southeastern region of Turkey. As he grew up, he learned to sell and buy things on the street, to polish shoes to make a living for him and his family, which built his keen sense of business that affected a lot later in his life. The life in the village made him dream of bigger future achievement outside the village.

As a teenager, Hakki moved to Montreal, Canada and worked at his brother's pizzeria, where he learned not only recipes of pizzas on the menu, but also how to run a business. Years later when he became 21, he made a decision to move to New York to achieve the big dream of his lifetime: to open his own business. despite anxiety of family and friends, he departed with just two hundred forty bucks in his pocket, no english word, and the spirit of never give up.

After struggling few years in one of the worlds most competitive cities, Hakki opened his first pizza shop in 2009 in the lower east side of Manhattan. Once he started, his passion became bigger and bigger and it did not take him long to expand the business Hakki second pizza shop was launched the very next year in 2010 and by 2016, he opened 5 additional pizzerias and he started few other business with more than 40 employees working for him.

Hakki is currently working on the project to franchise a pizza business that involves healthier pizza. I want my customers to enjoy the pizza as much as i do, and at the same time stay healthy. He says, along with his team, Hakki is working on organic dough and some new recipes with lots of vegetables. Starting in the Us and Canada, he plans to spread the chain in countries in south america and europe as well.

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