In 1965, brothers Ken and Norman Staab purchased their first Pizza Hut Restaurant in Hays, Kansas. They based their company’s culture on working hard and having fun. That attitude became the driving force to their success as the company grew. By 1972, they had expanded to over 30 locations in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota. When Pizza Hut went public, Ken and Norman decided to sell their restaurants to Pizza Hut. The brothers went separate ways but both continued to develop Pizza Hut restaurants.
Ken with his wife Rosie began the next part of their Pizza Hut journey by opening Alliance, Nebraska, in 1973. By 1990, he added 30 locations to his business. A strong family culture developed along with a team high on capability and tenure. Ken’s operating company become known as Staab Management Company in 1994 and the restaurant development continued.
The family culture continued as three of Ken’s sons took on roles in different parts of the organization. Dave Staab, Ken’s oldest son, became Director of Operations in 2001 and continues to drive the leadership principles that have driven success over the years as the President of SMC.
Staab Management Company has now grown to 67 Pizza Huts. The family has expanded its operations to include motels and commercial real estate developments. The Staab Companies continue to focus on a long-term vision of success by investing not only in its hard assets but especially its people capability.