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Joe Johnson
Director of Operations, Pizza Loves Emily/Emmy Squared
Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Joe started his career early on at his cousin’s local coffee shop and at friends' restaurants around the city. Creating and building teams inspired his drive to eventually run a business. After college, Joe fed his entrepreneurial spirit working for Monen Family Restaurant Group restaurants including Milk & Honey in Chattanooga and Taco Mamacita in Nashville and Charleston before moving to New York. He then worked for Union Square Hospitality Group while attending the Institute of Culinary Education for a culinary degree. After completing the program, he then worked for Kate Edwards Consulting as a Project Manager. From there he joined the Shake Shack family, running as General Manager while opening two locations, one in Scottsdale, the other in Manhattan. He later took the role of Directing catering, retail, wholesale and operations at Il Buco and Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria. In 2017, Joe joined Pizza Loves Emily to head Operations for all of the locations in New York and in Tennessee and to help continue to grow the brand.