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Local Casey's fan selected as inaugural chief pizza & beer officer

Joe Cruz from Lincoln, Neb. has been selected for the new role.

After launching its search last month, Casey’s has found its first-ever chief pizza & beer officer.

Joe Cruz from Lincoln, Neb. was selected for the role out of more than 500 candidates. He will be the convenience store chain’s “utmost authority” on sampling, researching and pairing Casey’s pizzas with the best beer combinations. He also will be responsible for creating compelling social media content to inform “Casey’s Country” about the pairings, and will attend public events to spread the company’s passion for pizza and beer.

“As ‘The Official Pizza and Beer Headquarters,’ it was extremely important for Casey’s to add the position of chief pizza & beer officer,” said Tom Brennan, chief merchandising officer at Casey’s. “Eating pizza and sampling beer is more challenging than it sounds, especially when you have the pizza and beer pairing curiosity and enjoyment of Casey’s Country resting on your shoulders. We’re confident that Joe is the right person for the job, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the Casey’s family.”

Casey’s tapped former NFL player and internet comedian/content creator Anthony “Spice” Adams as its search consultant. Adams helped review the pool of candidates against the job requirements to identify the perfect pizza and beer connoisseur. Applicants were assessed on their passion, communication skills and leadership traits.

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“As a proud resident of Casey’s Country and a self-proclaimed pizza and beer aficionado, I’m honored to be the first person to take on this coveted role,” said Joe Cruz, Casey’s new chief pizza & beer officer. “We all have thoughts about our dream job, and when I saw Casey’s was looking for a chief pizza & beer officer, I knew I had found the best job ever. I’m ready to get to work bringing the most delicious pizza and beer combinations to Casey’s guests.”

Based in Ankeny, Iowa and well-known for its pizza, Casey’s operates over 2,600 convenience stores across 17 states.

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