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The Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association Awards 
SJB Companies of Athens, Ohio the 
“Management Company of the Year” Award
ATHENS, OH -- ( January 3, 2001) -- The Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association has awarded SJB Companies of Athens, Ohio the prestigious “Management Company of the Year” award.   SJB owns and operates 17 AmeriHost Inn® hotels in Ohio and West Virginia. 

SJB companies accepted the award at the association’s annual convention held in Dayton, Ohio, November 20, 2000.   The award recipient is recognized for its outstanding and unusual commitment and contribution to the success of the Ohio lodging industry.  SJB principals, Sandy and Jack Bortle and their management team tirelessly support the efforts of the OHLA and the growth of Ohio tourism.  

"We are extremely proud to receive this honor as a recognition of our service to customers and for the betterment of the communities in which we operate," said Jack Bortle, President of SJB.  "It is also very encouraging to know our good deeds and commitment to guest service do not go unnoticed in our small part of the world."  Most AmeriHost Inn® hotel locations are in small towns outside the regions's metropolitan centers.

SJB Companies is a private hotel company that builds and operates AmeriHost Inn hotels in Ohio and West Virginia.  In 1988, SJB partnered with Arlington Hospitality, Inc. (formerly Amerihost Properties) to build the first AmeriHost Inn®  hotel brand in Athens, Ohio.  16 additional AmeriHost Inn® hotels have opened in Ohio and West Virginia through the SJB and Arlington partnership.  SJB both manages and retains an ownership position in these 17 propeties .  Ohio locatoins include Athens, Cambridge, Canal Winchester, East Liverpool, Jeffersonville, Lancaster, Kenton, Logan, Newark, Oxford, St. Mary's Wilmington and Zanesville.  West Virginia locations include Parkersburg and New Martinsville.

Mike Holtz, Arlington Hospitality Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are pleased to be partners with such an outstanding organization. Their dedication to service is unparalleled in the industry and their belief in the AmeriHost Inn® hotel product has been instrumental in the growth of the AmeriHost Inn® hotel brand.”  There are now 82 AmeriHost Inn®  hotels open in 17 states.

Arlington Hospitality, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOST), is a hotel development and management company that owns, builds and manages mid-priced hotels. Currently, Arlington manages 84 properties (with an ownership position in 81 of these hotels) in 18 states, including 72 AmeriHost Inn® hotels, for a total of 6,328 rooms. An additional five AmeriHost Inn® hotels are in various stages of development.  Arlington Hospitality, Inc. (formerly Amerihost Properties, Inc.) founded the AmeriHost Inn® hotel brand in 1989, and in September 2000, sold the brand and its franchising rights to Cendant Corporation.
 

 
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Contact:
Jerry Eggleton
SJB Companies
614-777-9149
Karin Rowe
Arlington Hospitality
847-228-5401, ext. 365


 
Also See: Amerihost Properties Changes Name to Arlington Hospitality; Due to Sale of the AmeriHost Inn® Hotel Brand Name and Franchising Rights to Cendant Corporation / Oct 2000 


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