Jim Mizes is inspired by changing lives and creating an enduring brand.

An interview with the President & COO of Blaze Pizza

This interview is part of Inspirations, a weekly series from Clearpath Search that interviews extraordinary founders, executives, and chefs.

What or who inspires you to do what you do and why?
I am inspired simply to make a difference in the lives of our guests and our team while creating an enduring brand.

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far in business and why?
The big challenge in every business is creating an aligned vision, a culture respecting diversity, and enabling all to find success by remaining true to themselves.

What’s been the greatest reward of your career so far and why?
Making a difference in the lives of the people I serve while creating a winning team.

Who or what motivates you to keep going, even when things get tough, and why?
I am inspired by the lone oak tree in the wind. It has to stand strong while the winds blow against it and all around it. The tree has a reason to stand there just as I know that when the odds are against you, to stand for what you believe is best. Strength comes from the core and from conviction.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to an up-and-coming executive just starting out and why?
Hire people smarter than you, share the vision, make sure they have the tools to succeed, coach along the way, and get out of their way. Stay in your lane and enable them to establish theirs.

What’s one company or brand that you admire and why?
I admire Tesla. It is changing the game, creating an entirely new paradigm for transportation, has raving fanatics about the brand, and changing lives for its employees and customers.

What’s one word that best describes you and why?
Calculated risk taker. 3 words, but best summarizes my career. I am thoughtful and logical while always taking risks and being a bit unconventional.

About Blaze Pizza

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the leader in the fast-casual artisan pizza category, uses an assembly line format to create pizzas at lightning fast speed.

About Clearpath

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