The Founders 2018-04-05T16:05:52+00:00

Meet the Founders

Norm & Dave

Norman Rader, President

Norm always said he had “sauce in his veins!” His pizza career began in 1980 when he was hired by Domino’s Pizza while attending college. Shortly thereafter, Norm entered their management training program and fell in love with the pizza-making business. Later that same year, he grew to become the General Manager, and, in four years time, managed stores in Texas, New York, and Maryland. He was then promoted to Regional Store Opening Specialist before landing the opportunity to purchase his own store in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For the next 22 years, Norm would own and operate his own independent chain of stores in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. He sold his last remaining stores in 2002 and relocated to South Florida to start a new venture.

In 2015, he discovered the new and popular fast food pizza business. With the development and creation of Fired Up Pizza, Norm has returned to his roots and his life’s passion—making delicious pizza that every South Floridian can enjoy!

Dave Lengel, Vice President

A Pennsylvania native and lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, Dave brings over 30 years of retail ownership and management experience to the team. His experience includes 10 years in the pizza industry, co-owning and managing three stores that sold and delivered over two million pizzas in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

In 2015, Dave fulfilled a long-term goal when he relocated to South Florida and became a full-time resident. However, his retirement plan was short-lived once he discovered the ever-expanding world of fast, casual pizza. Dave immediately realized he needs to get back in the pizza game. The creation of Fired Up Pizza is the answer to that calling.