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Recap - AmericInn 11th Annual Franchise Convention; 
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AmericInn of Mountain Iron/Virginia, Minnesota
Named Lodging Property of the Year
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Chanhassen, MN (May 2, 2006) – AmericInn concludes 11th annual franchise convention with record attendance and a positive brand outlook.  The conference was held April 23-25, 2006 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth, Minnesota.  Over 640 registered attendees including 450 franchise owners and managers represented the AmericInn Lodging System during the three-day networking and educational event.

The lineup of keynote speakers included dynamic presentations by Peter Yesawich, Mark Scharenbroich and T. Scott Gross.  The power-packed conference provided the necessary tools for each attendee to achieve greater return on investment for future success.  The trade exhibition hosted by AmericInn Supply and Design Services, featured 110 vendors offering a wide array of industry products and services.  Award recognition was given to individuals and specific AmericInn properties for their continued commitment to the AmericInn Lodging System and special guest, Gabe Kaplan entertained attendees with comic humor during the AmericInn Comedy Hour on Monday evening.

The first AmericInn convention was held in 1995 with 50 properties in attendance. Since then AmericInn International, LLC has hosted over 10 conventions with a large representation of owners and managers in attendance each year.  “Each annual convention is an opportunity to thank the entire lodging system for their dedication to the AmericInn brand and the standards our hotels represent,” said Arnold Angeloni, CEO for AmericInn International, LLC.   New initiatives presented at the conference include internet marketing, advertising campaign with new tagline and new prototype offerings.  “Strategies are now in place to help the AmericInn Lodging System achieve future success while continuing to exceed guest expectations for an upscale and quiet lodging experience,” adds Angeloni. 

The following awards were presented during the AmericInn Annual Convention on April 24, 2006.  The awards recognize the continued commitment and success of the AmericInn Lodging System for the year 2005.  Photos of the award winners are available upon request.

AmericInn Convention Award Winners

Lodging Property of the Year Award
Description: Given to the AmericInn staff that has excelled in the area of quality assurance and guest satisfaction.
Given to:  AmericInn of Mountain Iron/Virginia, MN

AmericInn of Mountain Iron / Virginia, Minnesota
5480 Mountain Iron Drive
Virginia, Minnesota 55792
Franchise Owner of the Year
Description: Given to the franchise owner that has contributed the most to the AmericInn Lodging System.
Given to:  PMO, Inc. - Verne & Vonnie Shea and Wayne Riser

Innkeeper of the Year Award
Description: Given to the Manager that demonstrates expertise and excellence in the hospitality industry and in the AmericInn Lodging System.
Given to:  Jessica Rogers - AmericInn of Ankeny, IA

Marketing Success Award
Description: Given to the AmericInn location that has achieved significant success in marketing the AmericInn product in its marketplace.
Given to:  AmericInn of Wadena, MN

Design Excellence Award
Description: Given to the AmericInn location that has significantly contributed to system design excellence through remodeling and refurbishing.  The award recognizes the investment made by the franchise owner for creative remodeling and design excellence.
Given to:  Tom Sheetz, AmericInn of Oakdale, MN

Housekeeping Employee of the Year
Description: Given to the housekeeping employee that demonstrates expertise and excellence in the hospitality industry and in the AmericInn Lodging System.
Given to:  Jacqueline L. Lovett - AmericInn of Mountain Iron/Virginia, MN

Front Desk Employee of the Year
Description:  Given to the front desk employee that demonstrates expertise and excellence in the hospitality industry and in the AmericInn Lodging System.
Given to:  Sarah Kallis - AmericInn of Little Falls, MN

INN-Pressive Club® Award
Description:  For success in the promotion of the Frequent Stayer Program.
Given to (1):  Brainerd/Baxter, MN
Given to (2):  Bemidji, MN

About AmericInn…
AmericInn is one of the fastest growing upscale limited service lodging chains in the United States with 225 locations currently open or under development. Competing across the luxury-economy and mid-market segments, the success and savvy growth is due to the unique AmericInn product and market niche founded on the integrity of consistent, quiet and solid masonry construction.  AmericInn is dedicated to the concept of growing a dynamic franchise lodging system designed to maximize the success of each franchisee while exceeding guest expectations by providing Quiet Nights, Rest Assured.  
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Contact:

 Janel Clark
 AmericInn International, LLC
Phone: (952) 294-5272
Email: jclark@americinn.com
www.americinn.com

Also See: The AmericInn Annual Convention Draws 400 Franchise Owners and Managers; Scott Doble, Manager of AmericInn of Rochester, MN, Receives Annual Innkeeper's Award / May 2005
AmericInn Lodging System Names 2004 Top Performing Franchise Owners and Employees / April 2004
The AmericInn of Ironwood, MI Awarded the AmericInn Chairman's Award at the 2003 AmericInn Lodging System Annual Convention / April 2003

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