is the founder and chief executive officer of Jersey Mike's Franchise Systems,
operating more than 740 restaurants in 35 states from New Jersey to California.
A 1975 graduate of Point Pleasant Beach High School, Peter was captain of the football
team and class president. He began his business career as a high school student
in 1971, working at a local eatery called Mike’s Subs. In March of his
senior year, he gave up a potential college football career to buy the sub
shop, crediting his football coach and area banker Rod Smith with making his
Peter changed the name of the original Mike's Subs to Jersey Mike's and began
expanding the franchise. Peter's current goal is 1,000 restaurants, both
nationally and internationally, within the next three years.
One of the
secrets to Peter's success is his philosophy of giving. Charities, hospitals,
school systems, and numerous individuals have benefited from his support. It's
a philosophy that he has emphasized to every Jersey Mike's franchise owner:
Support the community that supports you.