Papa John’s International today announced its 2009 Franchise Operators of the Year:

*Milan Enterprises, LTD (E. Brunswick, New Jersey), National Small Group Franchisee of the Year (1-3 restaurants) – Rana Ali and Syed Shah

*ATM Pizza, Inc. (New York), National Medium Group Franchisee of the Year (4-10 restaurants) – Ajay Choudhary

*Pizza Ventures of San Antonio, LLC (San Antonio, Texas), Large Group Franchisee of the Year (11 or more restaurants) – Clark Mandigo

*Inversiones Blumaro, S.A. (Dominican Republic), International Franchisee of the Year – Isabel Turrull

Recognized before their peers at the company’s Annual Operator’s Conference, the winners were selected primarily for demonstrating Papa John’s commitment to serving a superior-quality pizza, world-class customer service, and outstanding community involvement. All four winning franchisees also were recognized for adhering to Papa John’s high standards, and running successful restaurant operations.

“Our winners do an excellent job delivering on our ‘Better Ingredients, Better Pizza’ brand promise,” says Jude Thompson, Papa John’s president and chief operating officer. “These franchisees are excellent role models for the entire Papa John’s system, and it is an honor to recognize their efforts.”

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