Mountain Mike’s Pizza Promotes President & COO to CEO

by Katie Lee

Newport Beach, Calif. — Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a leading California-based family-style pizza chain for more than 45 years, has promoted Jim Metevier as chief executive officer (CEO). Metevier previously served as Mountain Mike’s president and chief operating officer (COO) since 2018 and boasts more than 30 years in the restaurant industry — experience that has been instrumental in accelerating the brand’s considerable sales and franchise growth in the last half-decade.

After being acquired in 2017 by new owners Chris Britt and Ed St. Geme, who made several key executive hires, including Metevier, Mountain Mike’s Pizza has emerged from being a notable regional chain to a fast-growing national powerhouse with a multi-state footprint, with nearly 300 restaurants in operation and a robust development pipeline.

“Jim’s elevation to CEO is a natural milepost for the Mountain Mike’s Pizza brand, as he’s already proven himself to be an integral part of our success and growth over the last 5+ years,” says Chris Britt, principal owner and co-chairman of Mountain Mike’s Pizza. “A charismatic leader and experienced change agent, Jim has developed exceptionally strong relationships with our dedicated franchisees, who embrace his passion for this brand, and we have the utmost confidence he will continue to help maintain our steep growth trajectory.”

Since Metevier joined the brand as president and COO, Mountain Mike’s Pizza has thrived in myriad facets of business. Throughout his tenure, Metevier oversaw the brand’s operational systems and processes, restaurant excellence and overall guest experience, and brand marketing and development. System sales across digital platforms (mobile web, mobile app and third-party) continuously rose and now account for 43% of Mountain Mike’s systemwide sales. Mountain Mike’s Pizza also signed agreements to open nearly 200 new restaurants with Metevier as COO, including new-state debuts in Texas, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. The acclaimed brand also inked large development agreements in Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin and Washington.

With nearly 300 units in operation across seven states, Mountain Mike’s is primed to continue expansion throughout the U.S. For more information, visit and

SOURCE: Mountain Mike’s Pizza

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