PR Newswire:

Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc. recently presented 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.

In addition to operating 17 Chili’s® Grill & Bar locations throughout Puerto Rico, the company 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.”