By Danielle Bulger for The Island Connection
Domino’s recently awarded Charleston County-based franchisee Kerri Saunders with the title of Woman of the Year during the company’s national awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
Saunders owns a total of 18 Domino’s stores along the South Carolina coast, including two on Johns Island.
The Woman of the Year Award recognizes leadership skills within the company and the community, and acknowledges a strong commitment to ongoing learning and professional development.
“Kerri is a force within the Domino’s system,” said Scott Hinshaw, Domino’s executive vice president of franchise operations and development. “Her passion and continued commitment to her community and colleagues make her an inspiration to women across Domino’s, and I want to extend my sincere congratulations to her for winning this award.”
Saunders started working at Domino’s as a part-time pizza maker in 1988 in Australia and worked her way up to becoming a franchise owner in the U.S. in 2014. Her franchise has grown to 24 stores throughout Georgia and South Carolina.
Saunders is involved in her community and donated more than 100 pizzas after floods hit Charleston in the fall. She often speaks to students at local schools, including the College of Charleston and R.B. Stall High School, about leadership development.
“It’s an incredible honor to be named Woman of the Year by my friends and colleagues at Domino’s,” said Saunders.
“Developing people is my biggest passion and I look forward to continuing being a part of the local community and helping to promote professional development. I have a great team behind me, so they make it easy!”