Dinner with Gabe Connell, Founder and Owner of HotBox Pizza. HotBox began with one location in 2004. Gabe began Franchising efforts in 2009 and currently has 6 company owned and 11 franchised locations. HotBox Pizza was born out of a desire to save the world from pizza mediocrity. The clever and irreverent HotBox Pizza franchise delivers a fresh experience with broad market appeal. Through “in-your-face” branding, expert merchandising and great promotions, HotBox Pizza has literally created its own culture. Gabe received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University and his MBA from Butler University.