Wayne Peterson, the owner of 36 Domino’s stores in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska, has been awarded the International Franchise Association Gold Franny Award for operational excellence.

Peterson purchased his first Domino’s in 1986 and has continued to grow his business.

“Domino’s has delivered, to me and my family, the dream of now owning and operating my own business,” said Peterson. “Domino’s truly provides a fantastic opportunity to those who show initiative and a desire to advance.”

The award is the most prestigious honor bestowed on a franchise owner. Peterson earned this award as part of an elite group within about 800 franchise owners in the United States. The awards are based on several factors including operational audit scores, community involvement, store safety and security, and team member morale.

The awards were created more than 20 years ago by the International Franchise Association.

“Wayne’s personal commitment, leadership and determination to grow his franchise has made him tremendously successful,” said Scott Hinshaw, Domino’s executive vice president of franchise operations and development. “The idea of beginning as a driver and working your way toward fulfilling the dream of becoming an award-winning franchise owner is what Domino’s is all about. In fact, 90 percent of Domino’s franchise owners in the U.S. started out as delivery drivers or pizza makers.”

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