MOD (Made On Demand) Pizza
Ally will take us down memory lane and share the start of her entrepreneurial journey, involving her high school sweetheart Scott, London and coffee. She will also bring us up to date on her more recent entrepreneurial activities, still with Scott, but now focused on pizza.
Please note that Mod Pizza has claimed the title as the fastest growing restaurant chain in the US (July 2023)!
Ally Svenson and her husband Scott co-founded MOD Pizza, opening the first location in downtown Seattle in 2008 and pioneering the fast casual pizza category. As Protector of the Purpose, Ally helps guide and protect MOD’s people-first culture and its mission to make positive impacts in the communities MOD serves. Today, with more than 500 locations across 28 states and Canada, Ally and Scott are pursuing an aggressive national and international expansion of the brand, excited by the notion of “Spreading MODness” into new communities.
Prior to MOD, Ally and Scott co-founded Seattle Coffee (SCC) in 1994 in London, the first gourmet coffee retailer and wholesaler in the UK. They grew the business to 75 retail locations in under three years, eventually selling SCC to Starbucks in 1998. The Svensons were also instrumental in the launch of Carluccio’s Ltd (UK), a thriving London based operator of Italian deli/cafes, along with various additional ventures in the US and UK.
Ally has been an active volunteer within the Bellevue and Seattle community for over 20 years, and currently serves as board co-chair of Evergreens, a Seattle based salad and bowl concept. A graduate of Wellesley College, Ally has been recognized as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year, named a Women of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal and a Women to Watch by 425 Magazine. Above all, Ally’s greatest and most sacred role is that of mother to her four amazing boys and as wife to Scott.
Thank you, Doug Cameron, for scheduling this speaker.