MIAMI, FL - APRIL 14: A Domino's Pizza store April 14, 2004 in Miami, Florida. Domino's Pizza is looking to raise $300 million in the stock market by listing on the New York Stock exchange. The Michigan-based firm already has a London stock market listing for its UK subsidiary. According to media reports, the funds raised may be used to pay off debts. The 44-year-old firm now has 7,400 outlets in more than 50 countries. The firm is reporting that pizza sales are up 5.8% in 2003. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Lou Ann Dellinger, a Lincolnton native, has been named Domino’s U.S. Manager of the Year. The award was given to Dellinger at a Domino’s ceremony in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is North Carolina native Dellinger’s third time receiving the award!

Dellinger began her career as a Domino’s customer service representative in 1988. She has been with Domino’s for 33 years and currently manages the Domino’s located at 101 Stanford Road in Lincolnton.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to receive this award,” said Dellinger. “I tell everyone to set goals, try your best and that hard work does pay off. Also, follow the golden rule and treat others the way that you would like to be treated. That is how I live my life.”

The U.S. Manager of the Year award recognizes exceptional store managers who live the company’s mission and guiding principles. Dellinger was selected from nearly 6,000 store managers across the United States. Dellinger works with Domino’s franchise owner and partner Mack Patterson.

“Lou Ann is an unbelievable store operator who has proven time and again an outstanding commitment to making her customers happy,” said Patterson. “We are fortunate to have such a positive and impactful leader who places so much value in her customers and team members. This is a great testimony to Lou Ann, her team, and her strong work ethic. I can’t congratulate her enough.”

“Being recognized as the U.S. Manager of the Year is such an honor for me and my team members,” said Dellinger. “We work extremely hard to provide great service to our customers and are looking forward to dedicating ourselves to running the best stores possible. I will do whatever it takes to make the brand, my employees, the franchise, and myself successful. I will continue to do it the best I can this year and every year after that.”

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