Memphis, Tenn., June 6, 2011 – Domino’s Pizza recently awarded north Mississippi and Carroll County-based franchisee Diane Davis Barrentine with the title of National Woman of the Year during the company’s regional awards ceremony in Atlanta.
This was the first year for the National Woman of the Year Award, which recognizes leadership skills within the company and the community, and acknowledges a strong commitment to ongoing learning and professional development.
“Diane is a force within the Domino’s system, and the number of nominations for her alone is an indication of the strong business leadership she displays and respect she has established,” said Scott Hinshaw, Domino’s executive vice president of franchise operations and development. “Her passion and continued commitment to her community and colleagues make her an inspiration to women across Domino’s, and I want to extend my sincere congratulations to her for winning this award. No one is more deserved than Diane for this honor.”
Davis Barrentine has been a Domino’s team member since 1977 and a franchisee for 25 years, purchasing her first store in Oxford, Miss., in 1986. Since then, her franchise has grown to nine stores in north Mississippi. She has been heavily involved in her community and is a member and previous chairperson of the Business School Advisory Board at the School of Business for The University of Mississippi. Davis Barrentine is also a member of the Ole Miss Oxford Business Women’s Advisory Board, and serves as president of the Board of the North Mississippi Exchange Club Family Center in Oxford. She also serves on the Mississippi Restaurant Association Insurance Board of Directors.
“It’s such an honor to be named the first National Woman of the Year by my friends and colleagues at Domino’s,” said Davis Barrentine. “I’m looking forward to continuing my dedication to development for women at Domino’s, and I’m thankful to have such a great team behind me.”
Davis Barrentine is a founding member of the Domino’s Women’s Leadership Forum, an internal developmental group established to promote professional growth of women. She lends her leadership to several committees at Domino’s Pizza, including serving as an annual chairperson of Domino’s Campus Manager’s Meeting, and as vice president of the Domino’s Franchisee Forum organization. She has served on 10 national boards for Domino’s including the President’s Council, which reported directly to the CEO. She has received numerous awards over the years from the Domino’s Franchise Association for her work on behalf of the company franchisees. She has also been awarded honors in the cities were her stores are located and been recognized on the state level for her community service.
About Domino’s Pizza®
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.” As of the first quarter of 2011, through its primarily locally-owned and operated franchised system, Domino’s operated a network of 9,379 franchised and Company-owned stores in the United States and 70 international markets. During the first quarter of 2011, Domino’s had global retail sales of nearly $1.6 billion, comprised of nearly $815 million domestically and nearly $774 million internationally. Domino’s Pizza had global retail sales of over $6.2 billion in 2010, comprised of over $3.3 billion domestically and over $2.9 billion internationally.
In May 2011, Pizza Today named Domino’s its “Chain of the Year” for the second straight year – making the company a three-time overall winner, and the first pizza delivery company to receive the honor in back-to-back years. In 2011, Domino’s was ranked #1 in Forbes Magazine’s “Top 20 Franchises for the Money” list. Helped by the launch of its Domino’s Smart Slice school lunch pizza in late 2010, Domino’s is collaborating with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to serve healthier school foods and beverages in the United States. In late 2009, Domino’s debuted its “Inspired New Pizza” – a permanent change to its hand-tossed product, reinvented from the crust up.
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