Local Papa John’s operators honored as franchisees of the year

| February 25, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Papa John’s International announced that local Papa John’s Franchisees Joe and  Jenifer Hogue were named the Midwest Medium Franchisees of the Year.

The Hogues own four Papa John’s restaurants – the Coshocton location, along with two in Zanesville and one in Uhrichsville. They started with Papa John’s in 1994 and became Franchisees with the company in 1996 when they opened in Coshocton.

The Hogues’ franchise was recognized for achieving excellent pizza quality and customer service scores, and for outstanding team building and community involvement, which have resulted in impressive sales growth for their four restaurants in 2014.

Joe has been very active in the Coshocton Rotary for many years, and all of his business decisions must pass the Rotary Four Way Test: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Is it beneficial to all concerned?”

When he was informed of being named the top Midwest Medium Franchisee for 2014, Joe deflected the credit to his team. “We are all in this together,” he said. “We have team members who work with us, not for us.”

Part of the secret of the Hogues’ success is that they try to keep the workplace fun and challenging by creating frequent sales contests for their team members. They have a standing challenge for their general managers:  If the company increases sales by at least 15 percent for the year, the managers and a guest are treated to a cruise in the Caribbean. They are scheduling their weeklong cruise for late summer. As Joe sees it, “We win or lose as a team, not by the store.”

The Hogues and their management team will be attending the Papa John’s International Operators Convention in Orlando in March, where they will find out if they have earned the award as the Papa John’s National Medium Franchisees of the Year.

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