Episode 12: Matt DeFazio (DeFazio's Pizza)

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp the podcast.    
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.   

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Matt DeFazio from DeFazio's Pizza of Troy and Albany! This episode really highlights that starting with an already-successful business is one thing, but it's what you (and your team) put into it that can make it grow... Or let it crash and burn!

Matt DeFazio - DeFazio's Pizza

00:16 - Introductions

06:25 - DeFazio’s Scale; Past, Present and Future

12:24 - Rising From Hidden Gem to Famous Diamond

16:23 - His Biggest Challenge - Not Finding Workers, But Dealing With Them!

23:00 - Business Owners - Not Out Golfing All Day!

26:12 - Name-Drop of the AWESOME Editor

26:31 - DeFazio’s Biggest Struggle - Online Ordering!

32:05 - The Secret to DeFazio’s Success: Hard Work, But Also Cutting Yourself Some Slack!

36:14 - The Importance of Work Ethic and Common Sense Scheduling

40:04 - DeFazio’s Coaching Experience: How It Helped Him Run His Business, Too!

42:36 - Owning a Business - A Constant, Validating Challenge

45:20 - DeFazio’s “Barstool” Reviewer Score - Sky High! Delicious Food Galore!

51:05 - Final Piece of Advice, and How to Get in Touch



  • Interviewers

    Michael Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Matt DeFazio

  • Runtime

     55 Minutes 34 Seconds

  • Air Date

    July 20th, 2022

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