Keith and Rocio Sizemore took their entrepreneurial passion stemming from long careers in the restaurant industry and brought it home to share. The couple left the corporate world and became Marco’s pizza franchise owners. The Sizemores’ newest Marco’s Pizza location holds special value to Keith and his wife, Rocio, as he grew up in Humble and is a graduate of Klein Oak High School. The couple met while working for another mega franchise, McDonald’s, and shared the desire of becoming franchise owners one day.
Keith began working in the restaurant industry at the age of 17, starting his career at the Great American Cookie company, where he worked for 10 years before joining McDonald’s corporate team in Arizona for a 13-year tenure. He relocated back to Houston, where the couple wed. Keith became the director of territory development for Marco’s Franchising LLC, allowing Rocio and Keith to explore their desire to become franchisees.
Rocio had a longstanding career working for human resources for McDonald’s, but decided to redirect her efforts towards a brand that she believed in.
She is a Chicago native who grew up in an area that was rich with the mom-and-pop style of Italian pizza, something that attracted her to the restaurant industry for the remainder of her life and career.
Together, the couple has opened three locations in the Greater Houston area to date. The new location is located at 21636 Aldine Westfield Rd.
Keith explained some of the reasons he chose to open the couples’ new Marco’s Pizza in his hometown of Humble. “I lived in Humble until fourth grade and we chose to open this new location close to where I used to live because it reminds me of home,” said Keith.
“I am excited about the opening of our new Humble location because I like the area, the people, and creating development opportunities for our employees.
“One of the most rewarding experiences as a franchisee is giving our workers a chance to grow into leadership positions and excel. It is my greatest enjoyment to give back to the community,” said Rocio.
Keith explained his choice to leave McDonald’s, saying that he learned about the trajectory of Marco’s Pizza through recruiting efforts and the company’s mission stuck with him.
“At Marco’s Pizza, we have a product that our competitors simply do not have. We have a deep heritage with an Italian American founder, with an excellent pizza. As a company, we have figured out a method to preserve the taste of an authentic Italian pizza while creating a nationwide chain that serves millions of customers,” said Keith.
Rocio attributed her Chicago upbringing to her interest in Marco’s, saying “one of the biggest things that drew me toward Marco’s was the authenticity of the pizza; it truly reminds me of a handmade, mom-and-pop pizza.”
The couple has a passion for giving back to the community, mostly through the form of spirit nights. Their locations host fundraisers for a string of Humble ISD elementary schools.
The couple explained that their long term goals are to fuel constant growth and open up more locations as permissible.
“We plan to have 10-20 stores opened across the Greater Houston area within the next five years.
“As a chain, we hope to become the fourth largest pizza chain in the United States within the next 5-7 years,” concluded Keith.