Choice Hotels International Honors Jay Patel and Athena Companies
ROCKVILLE, Md., July 23, 2013
ROCKVILLE, Md., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Choice Hotels International,
Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, honored Jay
Patel and the Athena Companies with the company's prestigious Premier Legacy
award. This distinction was in recognition of Patel's commitment to the Choice
Hotels International family of brands. This honor was announced during an
evening gala at the 59^th annual convention of Choice Hotels International in
The Premier Legacy award honors a Choice Hotels franchisee whose history of
performance sets a high standard for the industry. These exceptional
franchisees are truly committed to the brand and work closely with Choice
Hotels to enhance the brand's success.
This year's honoree, Jay Patel, is chief financial officer for Athena
Companies (athenacompanies.com). The Athena Companies own and operate food
service businesses and hotels in Tennessee, Ohio and Louisiana, including five
Choice Hotels franchised properties. Created by the merger of several regional
companies, Athena thrives under its business motto, "it's all about
relationship." The Athena portfolio includes Comfort Inn properties in
Columbia, Tennessee and Lima Ohio; Comfort Inn and Suites hotel in Memphis;
Comfort Suites Airport Nashville; and Quality Inn hotel and Suites in
"We are deeply honored to receive this Premier Legacy award," said Mr. Patel.
"Our property teams work very hard to deliver the best guest experience
possible, and this award recognizes our work and commitment to the hospitality
"Jay has been a strong advocate for Choice Hotels for more than a decade,"
said Stephen P. Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International. "He
is a business leader who believes strongly in giving back to the community
through his work with many civic associations, and we are proud of our
relationship with him, and with the Athena Companies."
About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises over 6,200 hotels, representing
more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries
and territories. As of March 31, 2013, 395 hotels, representing more than
30,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for
development in the United States. Additionally, 81 hotels, representing
approximately 7,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or
approved for development in more than 20 other countries and territories. The
company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria
Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway
Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve
Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels
International, Inc. website, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.
Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges®, Comfort Inn,
Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites,
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotel
Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels
© 2013 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.
SOURCE Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Contact: Sarah Lee, Choice Hotels, 301-628-4397, Sarah_Lee@choicehotels.com
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