Johncol, Inc. is based in Columbus, Ohio with 26 franchise restaurants headed up by Franchisee Allen Hertzman and Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Central Ohio franchise group was honored and awarded the company’s prestigious title of Franchisee of the Year for 2010 at the Papa John’s Worldwide Operators Convention in Orlando, Florida on March 8th, 2011.

The Johncol team received the award from Papa John’s founder John Schnatter in recognition of their outstanding sales growth, pizza quality, customer service and excellence in store operations and restaurant image. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield and Newark/Heath.

“Johncol, Inc. has done an outstanding job delivering on our ‘Better Ingredients, Better Pizza’ brand promise,” said John Schnatter, Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer. “This franchisee is an excellent role model 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 10 of the past 11 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 also was honored by Restaurants & Institutions Magazine (R&I) with the 2009 Gold Award for Consumers’ Choice in Chains in the pizza segment. Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl XLV, XLVI and XLVII. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com.