Papa John’s Names 2013 Franchisees of the Year

  Papa John’s Names 2013 Franchisees of the Year

       Operators recognized for exemplifying Papa John’s commitment to
                    superior-quality and customer service

Business Wire

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- April 8, 2013

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) recently announced its 2013
Franchisees of the Year during its annual operators conference in Orlando. The
winners are:

  *Royal PJ, Inc., Encino, Calif.: Hinkle Award (Domestic Small Group
    Franchisee of the Year, 1-3 restaurants): Ahmad Eslami
  *Tar Heel Pizza Group, LLC, Wilmington, N.C.: Domestic Medium Group
    Franchisee of the Year (4-10 restaurants): Rick Gordon and Dr. Chris
  *Houston Pizza Ventures, LLC, Houston: Domestic Large Group Franchisee of
    the Year (11 or more restaurants): Keith Sullins
  *PJ Western Retail Investments, Moscow, Russia: International Franchisee of
    the Year: Chris Wynne

Each of the Franchisee of the Year winners was honored 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

“Our winners do an outstanding job delivering on our ‘Better Ingredients.
Better Pizza.’ brand promise,” said John Schnatter, Papa John’s founder,
chairman and CEO. “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. For 11 of the past
13 years, consumers have rated Papa John's No.1 in customer satisfaction among
all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
Papa John’s is also the brand most identified by avid National Football League
fans as an NFL sponsor, according to the results of the seventh annual NFL
sponsor awareness survey released in March 2013 by Turnkey Intelligence for
SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. For more information about the company or to
order pizza online, visit Papa John's at


Papa John’s International, Inc.
Darryl Carr, 502-261-4318
Director, Corporate Communications
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