Domino's Pizza Delivers Top Honors to World-Class Team
ORLANDO, Fla., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, rolled out the red carpet at its 2005 Worldwide Rally in Orlando, Fla., an event honoring the company's top team members for maintaining Domino's high standards and operational excellence. Nearly 4,000 Domino's team members attended the event held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, where the company recognized more than 90 individuals with top awards.
U.S. Manager of the Year
The top individual honor, U.S. Manager of the Year, was awarded to Jesus Arriaga of New York. Arriaga earned the title for leading his store to the fourth spot on Domino's coveted "Top 10 in U.S. Sales" list with yearly sales in excess of $2 million, or more than $41,000 a week. After moving from Mexico to New York in 1995, Arriaga started at Domino's as a delivery team member and quickly moved up the ranks to store manager. His leadership skills and commitment to employees, customer service and operational excellence have earned him a perfect 5-Star rating on all evaluation reports. Additionally, Arriaga was one of 13 finalists in the Domino's World's Fastest Pizza Maker competition also held at Domino's Rally in Orlando, Fla., where he made three top-quality pizzas in 1 minute 33 seconds.
Busiest Stores on the Planet
The Busiest Store in the U.S. award went to a Domino's store in Camp LeJeune, N.C. Managed by Mike Jones, the store's sales totaled more than $2.5 million in 2004. The store also received the U.S. Busiest Store award in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Abroad, the Busiest International Store honor went to a Domino's store located in Dublin, Ireland. Managed by Mark Hayes, the store saw sales climb above $2.6 million in 2004.
Additional Domino's Pizza honors were awarded in the following categories:
* Rookie Manager of the Year - Justin Shoemaker of Olive Branch, Miss., was honored for best overall performance for a first-time manager. Shoemaker led his store to an increase of 8.4 percent with 11 weeks of sales above $30,000. In addition to designing his franchisee's Web site and intranet, Shoemaker's store had an out-the-door time of less than 20 minutes more than 95 percent of the time. He also did all of this as an 18-year-old, full-time high school student who recently graduated with a 4.7 grade point average.
* Franchise Trainer of the Year - Heather Conrad of Staunton, Va., a franchise trainer for 11 Domino's Pizza stores, ensured 99 percent completion of all training programs. Her hard work and dedication helped lower the employee turnover rate, reach store goals and increase internal store assessment scores.
* Franchise Supervisor of the Year - Omar Londono from The Bronx, N.Y., received his second consecutive nomination for this title. Through his commitment to making his supervised area No. 1 in sales, standards and profits, Londono consistently scored high marks on store evaluations.
* Franchise Regional Manager of the Year - Erick Ortiz of Newark, N.J., oversaw the development and opening of six new stores in his 88-store area. He led his areas to significant increases in sales and performance evaluation scores.
* Distribution Center Manager of the Year - Eric Adams of Keller, Texas, a general manager of the Domino's Pizza Texas Distribution Center, achieved outstanding performance in sales, customer service, delivery ratings, plant safety and employee retention.
* Corporate Regional Manager of the Year and Operations Director of the Year - Luis Herrera, a corporate regional manager in Miami taught store managers to exceed sales goals, increase their scores on Domino's internal store assessment, improve customer satisfaction indicators and decrease employee turnover. He also worked tirelessly to keep his stores operating during the flurry of hurricanes that struck the state in 2004, earning him the honor of Corporate Regional Manager of the Year. Leading the charge during this difficult time was Cesar Verde, a corporate operations director in Florida, who took home the honor of Operations Director of the Year.
* Corporate Trainer of the Year - Carol Christopherson of Salt Lake City, Utah, a corporate marketplace-training manager, increased employee performance helping deliver of high quality products to customers efficiently. Her high energy and enthusiasm have resulted in strong leaders and solid store operations.
Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery. Domino's is listed on the NYSE under the symbol "DPZ." Through its primarily franchised system, Domino's operates a network of 7,799 franchised and Company-owned stores in the United States and more than 50 countries. The Domino's Pizza(R) brand, named a Megabrand by Advertising Age magazine, had global retail sales of more than $4.6 billion in 2004, comprised of nearly $3.2 billion domestically and more than $1.4 billion internationally. Domino's Pizza was named "Chain of the Year" by Pizza Today magazine, the leading publication of the pizza industry and is the "Official Pizza of NASCAR(R)." More information on the Company, in English and Spanish, can be found on the Web at http://www.dominos.com .
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