Ammar Jali, who owns 25 Domino's Pizza stores in Pennsylvania and New York, has been recognized by the chain with its International Franchise Association Gold Franny Award for operational excellence.

Jali started his career at Domino's as a delivery driver in 1991. He purchased his first Domino's Pizza store in 1994.

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

Jali earned the Gold Franny award as part of a group within nearly 1,100 franchise owners in the U.S. The awards are based on several factors including operational audit scores, community involvement, store safety and security and team member morale.

The Gold Franny Awards were created more than 20 years ago by the International Franchise Association as a way to honor excellence among franchise owners, according to a news release.

"Ammar's personal commitment, leadership and determination to grow his franchise made him tremendously successful in 2012," 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 as drivers or pizza makers."

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