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Brinker Global Development names Puerto Rico franchisee its "Franchisee of the Year"

Brinker International, Inc. has announced that it recently presented its Puerto Rico franchise partner, International Restaurant Services, Inc. (IRSI) and the company's president Artur Jotic, the "Franchisee of the Year" award, Brinker's highest honor bestowed upon a global franchisee.

According to the information provided, the company not only operates 17 Chili's® Grill & Bar locations throughout Puerto Rico but also employs more than 40 certified trainers who work with other Brinker franchisees across the world. These trainers assist with new restaurant openings in cultures similar to theirs, helping the team prepare for the first several months of operation. IRSI has supported international restaurant openings in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

"Artur is not only a true leader dedicated to building the Chili's brand in Puerto Rico but also a strategic partner in developing our brand across the world, specifically in Latin America," said Carin Stutz, president of global business development for Brinker. "Artur and his team help other groups achieve success by providing guidance, feedback on best practices and training leaders from other groups. They are our gold standard."

Brinker International, Inc. is, it says, one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies, serving more than one million guests daily. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, Brinker owns or franchises more than 1,500 restaurants in 31 countries and two territories and employs more than 100,000 team members. Brinker's wholly-owned restaurant brands include Chili's® Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy®. Brinker also holds a minority investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill®. (kbp)

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