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    7-Eleven Named Top Franchise by Diversity Publisher

    Three magazines name the convenience store retailer as a best career opportunity for minorities.

    DALLAS -- 7-Eleven Inc. will be recognized as one of the top franchise opportunities by three publications focusing on diversity -- Professional Woman's Magazine, Hispanic Network Magazine and Black EOE Journal -- all published by Olive Tree Publishing Inc.

    The listings are part of each magazine's 2009 "Best of the Best" Annual Review Series, which is in its 18th year and recognizes U.S. corporations providing the best career opportunities for minorities, according to the retailer.

    "This recognition is a testimony to the opportunities that the 7-Eleven franchise presents to diverse businessmen and women," 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto said in a statement. "Our franchise system offers hard-working individuals from all walks of life an affordable way to become independent business owners and realize an American dream."

    7-Eleven plans to become a 100-percent franchised organization in the next several years. Today, approximately 80 percent of the company's 5,800 U.S. stores are franchise operations run by independent business owners, according to the company.

    The annual "Best of the Best" includes independent research organizations, market studies, public information, annual reports, survey responses and interviews. Results of the "Best of the Best" are reported in October's issue of Black EOE Journal, the November issue of Hispanic Network Magazine and the December issue of Professional Woman's Magazine.

    "Companies that understand the value of strength through diversity recognize the importance of an inclusive work environment. These companies will not only continue to excel as businesses, but also in achieving our mutual goal of creating global diversity," said Mona Lisa Faris-Placey, president and CEO of Olive Tree Publishing.

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