ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Domino's Pizza received a Stevie Award for Best Human Resources Team in the first-ever American Business Awards, sponsored by and Business Talk Radio.

According to a release, the Stevie Awards (the name comes from the Greek word for "crowned") were presented on April 30 at a gathering in New York.

Domino's four-person HR team received the award based on the company's 2002 implementation of its Pizza Prep School, a company-wide training program.

Pizza Prep School is a four-day, 42-hour training for Domino's executives and office staff.

In the training, four-person teams learn all aspects of store operations via a mix of classroom sessions and work in pizza stores. The training culminates with a written exam, a timed pizza-making test and work on a real shift during a Friday night dinner rush.

"It is wonderful for Domino's to receive such positive recognition for this truly unique training program," said David A. Brandon, Domino's chairman and CEO.

Domino's Executive Vice President Patti Wilmot accepted the Stevie on behalf of the company.

According to the release, the American Business Awards are the first national, all-encompassing business awards recognizing outstanding leadership, innovation, perseverance, creativity, teamwork and integrity in more than 40 categories.

Stevie judges included: Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes; Bruce Nelson, chairman and CEO of Office Depot; marketing gurus Don Peppers and Martha Rogers; Anthony Robbins, chairman and CEO of The Anthony Robbins Companies; Drew Schutte, publisher of Wired magazine; Jeffrey Tarr, chairman and CEO of Hoover's Inc.; and Donald Trump, chairman, president and CEO of The Trump Organization.

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