Kaizen Center HistoryThe Freeland Family

In 1967, Dick Freeland picked up a part-time Pizza Hut job in Des Moines, Iowa. Five years later, he moved with his wife, Deanna, to Fort Wayne to open his first Pizza Hut location. For more than 40 years, Dick and Deanna grew their franchise to more than 45 Pizza Hut locations, along with multiple KFC restaurant locations, in Indiana and Ohio.

Dick had benefited many local nonprofits over the years and was committed to the Fort Wayne community. As an advocator and leader, he sat on many local nonprofit boards and spent time volunteering. The Freeland family’s legacy continues through their children, grandchildren, and the Pizza Hut operations in Fort Wayne.

About the Campus

On a sprawling 17 acres of wooded land sits a 23,370-square-foot office building that houses some of the most beautiful architecture, masonry, and landscaping in the area. Built in 1989, The Kaizen Center is a two-story structure designed with a clear intention of helping businesses organize and to inspire a corporate culture to strive for excellence.

With its British countryside architecture, designed by Charlan Brock Architects, the building features locally sourced oak and walnut paneling, doors, and stair balustrades and railings — all milled and cured in Indiana. Local woodworkers, Grabill Cabinets, built the main reception desk and the north and south reception desks.

The building houses several priceless antiques, including fireplace mantels circa 1900, an Austrian-made Bosendorfer grand piano located in the Great Hall, and French bookcases circa 1895. When you book your event at The Kaizen Center, you’ll experience these and many other remarkable antiques during your visit.