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Destination: Poughkeepsie, NY (Dutchess County, Hudson Valley)

Charlie Webb
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Veteran Entrepreneur

Hudson & Packard
Venture Type: Small Business
Venture Stage: Initial Growth
Industry: Restaurant

episode 2 summary

My canvas is the pizza dough!

Charlie Webb enlisted and served eight years in the U.S. Army, with two deployments to the Middle East, and two years as an Army Recruiter.

While on active duty and planning his transition to civilian life, he wanted to learn the pizza business, so he worked in a pizzeria as a dishwasher as a side gig. He worked his way up to manager and learned many aspects of the pizza business.

Charlie jump-started his veteran entrepreneur career with a degree from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. Growing up in Detroit, he went to the CIA to learn how to make the highest quality Detroit-style pizza. His culinary training in the cuisines and cultures of America and Asia helped him become a pizza innovator.

He started small, launching Hudson & Packard at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, a food incubator near the CIA. He refined his craft for making Detroit-style pizza and placed 2nd in the world at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas in 2022. The global recognition helped his pizza business grow rapidly and Charlie is now focused on the next phase of growing his business.

Charlie’s “ask” of viewers is for you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new in your community that supports local restaurants. Even better if that business owner is a hard-working veteran. And if you are in the NYC area he invites you to come on up to the Hudson Valley and stop in to enjoy his award-winning Detroit-style pizza.

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Thank You Sponsors!

Leonard C. and Lois S. Green
Charitable Foundation​

Dutchess County
Veterans Services