Elizabeth Szabo, CEO, Smoothie King


Elizabeth Szabo is a Pittsburgh native and lifelong resident. After graduating from Washington & Jefferson College with a double B.A. in Psychology and English, she subsequently earned her J.D. from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law with an emphasis on Intellectual Property & Technology Law. After her admission to the Pennsylvania Bar, Liz worked as an attorney for years, including as a law clerk to a Federal Judge and as an attorney representing indigent clients at a nonprofit legal services organization in the region.

Liz’s true passion has always been in hospitality and, after seeing a void in the Pittsburgh market for smoothies, particularly nutritional meal replacements, she became determined to introduce smoothies to the Pittsburgh area. Recognizing Smoothie King as the leader in the industry, she decided to become a franchisee, ultimately opening two stores in 2016, one of which is a drive-thru-only location in Bridgeville, and the other a freestanding location in Wexford, PA, which offers both drive-thru and walk-in service. While she remains a licensed attorney, she left the practice of law to focus full-time on her locations once joining the brand. With the only two locations to date in the entirety of Western Pennsylvania, Smoothie King Bridgeville and Smoothie King Wexford were voted First Place Best Smoothie by Pittsburgh City Paper’s “Best Of” Readers’ Choice poll in both 2020 and 2021.

From 2017-2019, Liz served as Vice Chair and East Region Representative of the Smoothie King Franchisee Advisory Committee (“FAC”) (elected by franchisees), as well as a founding member of the Smoothie King Operations Committee (appointed by the SKFI C-Team). In these roles, she had the opportunity to provide feedback and guidance to C-Team members at the SKFI office, while advocating for the interests of franchisees throughout the United States. Liz is currently focused on opening additional Smoothie King locations in the Pittsburgh area, as well as pursuing new business prospects.

Smoothie King is the preeminent leader in the smoothie industry and the originator of the smoothie. Founded in New Orleans in 1973, Smoothie King has since expanded to over 1,300 locations worldwide today. Whether you’re looking to get fit, stay slim, be well, or simply enjoy the day, Smoothie King has a smoothie for you. Every blend at Smoothie King is crafted to help you achieve your health and fitness goals and Rule The Day® . Fuel your body with whole fruits and organic veggies, and never any syrups or artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Each Smoothie King smoothie is made-to-order by hand with special attention to allergies and dietary restrictions. Follow us on Instagram @SmoothieKingPittsburgh and on Facebook @SmoothieKing Bridgeville and @SmoothieKingWexford.


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