Papa John’s International announced its 2011 Franchise Operators of the Year.

The Franchisees of the Year winners were:

  • LMT Services, LLC, New Orleans: Hinkle Award (Domestic Small Group Franchisee of the Year, 1-3 restaurants): Kenyatta Ford-Theodore, Herb Theodore

  • PJ Cleveland West, LLC, Los Angeles: Domestic Medium Group Franchisee of the Year (4-10 restaurants): Abdi Neghabat, Rich Malekzadeh

  • Perfect Delivery, Greenville, NC: Domestic Large Group Franchisee of the Year (11 or more restaurants) – Bo Knapp

  • KSC Limited, United Kingdom: International Franchisee of the Year — Raheel Choudhary

Each of the Franchisee of the Year winners was honored at Papa John’s Annual Operators Conference with a $20,000 cash award and a crystal Papa John’s restaurant trophy.

The winners were selected primarily for exemplifying Papa John’s commitment to serving a superior-quality pizza, world-class customer service and outstanding community involvement.

Our winners do an outstanding job delivering on our ‘Better Ingredients, Better Pizza’ brand promise,” says John Schnatter, Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

These franchisees are excellent role models for the entire Papa John’s system, and it is an honor to recognize their efforts.”

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world's third largest pizza company.

Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru, News, Operations, Papa Johns