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Exposure to people who are more
successful has the potential to
expand your thinking and catapult
your success. We become like the

people we associate with, and that's why
winners are attracted to winners. The
reality is, winners think differently from
the complacent and there's much to be
gained by being in their presence.
Chris Decker from Metro Pizza in
Las Vegas competed for the first time

at the 2017 International Pizza Challenge. Decker admits: "I'm not much of
a competitor, but I have to admit it felt
good placing so high. I'd rather let my
pizza do the talking than do the talking
myself." His pizza spoke and Decker
walked away placing third in the pan
division. The spoils came rolling in,
Decker says. "We had a nice print (write)
up in Las Vegas weekly, full color photos
and great action shots." Metro Pizza's

tagline is "The Pizza Guy and the
Other Pizza Guy", and now Decker
is the honorary guy behind the
other guy behind the guy. Once
again, the lottery cliché "You got to
play to win" proves true.
When we first met Nick
Bogacz of Pittsburgh's Caliente
Pizza and Draft House, he was a

new, independent operator working hard to make his name known.
Bogacz had experience in the pizza
industry but had never attended
Pizza Expo. He and his team began
attending Pizza Expo and brought
back a newfound enthusiasm and
perspective that can't be beaten: four
first-place wins in 2016 and 2017.
Bogacz realized that winning is an
outcome. However, when people
become obsessed with outcomes,
they can lose sight of the journey,
lose sight of who they are and how
they got there, and lose appreciation for the valuable people who
don't win. Bogacz never lost sight
of the journey, winning intensified
his appreciation for his team, always
persevering and keeping perspective.
How did he reap the spoils?
Bogacz says: "When we got home I
sent out press releases to all media
outlets. Within minutes the local
news called, wanting to tape a
segment for their 5 o'clock news.

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Pizza Today - August 2017
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Respecting the Craft
On Tap
Destinations
Knead to Know
Soda Machines
Grilled Pizzas
Entrée Salads
Balsamic Vinegar
Promoting Victories
Road to Pizza & Pasta Northeast: It’s not too late to enter competitions
2017 Independent Pizzeria of the Year: Cane Rosso, Dallas, TX
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Trending Recipe
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Man on the Street
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Respecting the Craft
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - On Tap
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Destinations
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Soda Machines
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Grilled Pizzas
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Entrée Salads
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Balsamic Vinegar
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Promoting Victories
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Pizza Today - August 2017 - Road to Pizza & Pasta Northeast: It’s not too late to enter competitions
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