BEAUFORT — Domino’s Pizza recently awarded local delivery driver Johnnie LaChance with the title of National Delivery Expert of the Year.
Mr. LaChance received the award at a recent Domino’s Pizza awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Domino’s is the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, according to the company.
According to a release, the prestigious National Delivery Expert of the Year Award recognizes excellence in safe delivery, courtesy and customer service. Mr. LaChance works for Domino’s franchise owner Stan Gage at Domino’s in Beaufort, who co-owns the store with his wife, Carolyn.
Mr. Gage said Tuesday Mr. LaChance has an excellent work ethic and is well-loved by the restaurant’s customers. He said despite his older age, the delivery driver out-works most of his coworkers.
“He’s just an amazing team member,” Mr. Gage said. “He always puts customers and the store first.”
The path to becoming the National Delivery Expert of the Year can be a rigorous one, and Mr. LaChance was chosen out of drivers at nearly 6,000 stores across the country. The country is divided into east, central and west regions, and Mr. LaChance was first selected by a Domino’s awards committee as the east regional winner. He and the other two regional winners were then considered, and he came away with the national title.
Ms. Gage said she and her husband traveled to Washington, D.C., with Mr. LaChance, his wife and daughter to accept the award. She said the delivery driver is generally a humble man, but he appeared grateful to receive the honor.
“It was really touching,” Mr. Gage said. “It’s great to see someone who works hard recognized for their hard work.”
Having the country’s top delivery driver is good for the community, as well, Mr. Gage said. He added that even though most delivery orders come through online, many people call the store directly to request Mr. LaChance as their driver.
“Johnnie earned a perfect score (a 5 out of 5) on his Pizza Tracker comments,” Mr. Gage said. “The customers love Johnnie, and so do we. Beaufort Domino’s is lucky to have him on the team.”
Mr. LaChance met top Domino’s executives and was presented his award by CEO Richard Allison, among others.
“Domino’s is known for being the world leader in pizza delivery, and we can’t maintain that success without the dedication of fantastic delivery experts like Johnnie,” Scott Hinshaw, Domino’s executive vice president of franchise operations and development, said. “At Domino’s, we strive to keep the speed in the store, not on the roads.
“The National Delivery Expert of the Year Award is our way of recognizing the safe driving achievements of our delivery people,” he continued. “It also lets our delivery experts know we appreciate their efforts to deliver great-tasting pizza with great service.”
Mr. LaChance served in the U.S. Marines Corps and is a Vietnam War veteran. He started working for Domino’s in 2004, and he is now celebrating nearly 15 years with Beaufort Domino’s.
“Being recognized as the National Delivery Expert of the Year is such an honor for me, as I work hard to serve our customers,” Mr. LaChance said. “I love my job and I’m thankful for my coworkers and the opportunities presented to me as a delivery expert at Domino’s. I’m looking forward to continuing to represent Domino’s the best way I know how.”
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