The Chocolate Pizza Company Team
Ryan Novak, Owner
Ryan grew up in Marcellus and graduated in the top 20 of his class from Marcellus High School. Ranked by ESPN as #26 place kicker in the country, he became the first Marcellus football player in 40 years to make a Division 1A football roster when his skills earned him a spot on the team at Syracuse University. He graduated in May 2011 from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management with a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE). He was honored on Whitman School of Management's Wall of Fame (2014), served on Whitman's Alumni Board and stays active in Syracuse University affairs. Ryan was honored in 2012 with a "40 Under Forty" Award, recognizing him as one of the top young professionals in Central New York. He supports several area charities and the Marcellus varsity football team, plays alto saxophone and watches out for his younger brother, Connor.
Ryan started working at the Chocolate Pizza Company when he was 15, washing dishes and mopping floors. He learned every facet of the business, telling the owner that when she wanted to retire he wanted to own the company. At 21, he realized that dream, buying Chocolate Pizza Company with a vision to make it a national brand. Since 2010, he has quadrupled sales and wholesales products to more thousands of retailers across the country including Hallmark, Kinney Drugs, Sheetz and many more.
In October 2015, Ryan opened an 8,500 square foot production and retail facility on 6 acres just minutes from the company's Marcellus village roots.
Read an article by Ryan Novak that appeared in Entrepreneur.com (5-15-14)
Christie Novak, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Every successful business has a sharp financial mind behind the scenes and Chocolate Pizza Company has Christie Novak advising the team. Christie graduated with honors from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management, finishing a 4 year bachelor’s degree in just 3 years. She was president of Beta Alpha Psi, served as a resident advisor and supervisor, earned awards for academic excellence and community service, was a member of the Syracuse Dance Team and was selected as one of the top 10 students in the business school.
Christie completed her master’s degree in Accounting at Syracuse University and is a certified public accountant (CPA). She started her career as a senior audit associate with Dermody, Burke and Brown in Syracuse, New York. Christie is now an adjunct professor of accounting at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management and is completing a doctorate degree in business management. Her guidance on key financial aspects of Chocolate Pizza Company is an important component of our growing operation. Christie and Ryan were married in September 2013.
Chocolate Pizza Company Team
Our team is what makes Chocolate Pizza Company special. Talented, creative and there when we need them, Chocolate Pizza Company has one of the best management teams around.
Alyson Gooden is the company's director of retail
Jeannette Novak is director of production and new product development
Jason Palmowski is shipping lead
Supporting them is a cast of hardworking team members whose combined energies have transformed a small town chocolate shop into an emerging national brand.