2012 marked Don's 25th year with Australian owned and operated Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd ("Domino's), the largest Domino's franchisee for the international brand in the world.
After starting as a pizza delivery driver in 1987 in Redcliffe, Queensland, for Silvio's Dial-a-Pizza ("Silvio's") while studying to be a high school teacher, Don fell in love with the business and slowly worked his way up the ranks for the years to come. Future positions included; Store Manager (1989) followed by Area Manager, State Operations Manager and Director of National Operations (1991-1993). In 1993, Silvio's purchased Domino's in Australia and Don became General Manager. The Domino's and Silvio's brands were operated separately.
In 1996 Don became a Domino's franchisee and built a network of 17 stores, before vending his stores into Domino's in 2001 to become Chief Operating Officer (2001) then Group Chief Executive Officer (2002). In May 2005, Don led Domino's to become Australia's first publicly-listed pizza chain on the ASX.
Don has won a number of industry awards including; Brisbane Lord Mayor's Channel 7 Businessperson of the Year Award 2015, The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Northern Region Listed Company, The Ernst & Young Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2004, Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Professional Manager of the Year 2004 (Qld) and the 2002 Qld Retail Franchise. Don's international Domino's awards include; Chairman's Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Domino's worldwide network 2004 and Pizza International Manager of the Year 1996.
For more information on Don Meij and his journey with the Domino's brand please visit www.donmeij.com