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 Jett Mehta Named the Microtel Inns & Suites
Franchisee of the Year
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Honoring A Successful Franchisee in Upper New York State, Where Microtel Began

ATLANTA (April 23, 2007) - Jett Mehta, President of Pittsford, NY-based Indus Companies has been named the Microtel Inns & Suites 'Franchisee of the Year,' an honor presented to the franchisee who best represents the Microtel brand.  Microtel is the economy/budget all-new construction hotel brand with more than 300 hotels open and under construction around the U.S. and internationally.

"It is significant that Microtel began with 22 hotels in Upper New York State in the late 1980's, and this year's Franchisee of the Year has made his mark with travelers throughout that same region," said Roy E. Flora, Chief Operating Officer for Atlanta-based U.S. Franchise Systems Inc., franchisor of the Microtel brand.  Microtel was founded in 1988 when Loren Ansley, President of Hudson Hotels Corp, formulated his concept by building a Microtel model single room in his garage in Rochester, NY.  
 
Mehta began his career in the restaurant and real estate business, and transitioned to hotel development in 2001 when he opened a Microtel hotel in Buffalo, NY.  By 2004, he had added three more Microtels to his portfolio, all in Upstate New York.  Indus currently owns and operates Microtel hotels in the Buffalo and Rochester, NY markets; a Microtel hotel in Bath/Elmira, NY is scheduled to break ground in June. 
 
"Indus' Microtels are among our brand's very best," said Flora.  "Jett has instilled a sense of pride in all his employees, with special emphasis on local marketing efforts, community service, and above all, always putting the customer first for unrivalled guest satisfaction."

Mehta serves as an elected member of the Microtel Franchise Advisory Council to support the continued growth and expansion of the brand.  A lifelong resident of Pittsford, NY, he is also a multi-unit franchisee of Ponderosa Steakhouse, Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin' Robbins.  He received Dunkin Donuts' "Rising Star Award" in 2006 and is a member of the Cattaraugus-Allegany Workforce Investment Board and DBI Development Advisory Steering Committee.

Indus Companies' current portfolio includes over 40 restaurants and hotels open or under active development.

About Microtel Inns & Suites
Microtel is the first economy/budget hotel brand to offer guests free local and long distance phone calls within the continental U.S., plus free wireless high speed Internet access in all guestrooms nationwide.  All Microtel hotels offer complimentary continental breakfast.  There are currently 302 Microtel Inn & Suites hotels open or under construction worldwide.  For reservations, contact 1-800-771-7171 toll-free or TDD 1-800-824-2082, or visit www.microtelinn.com.  All Microtel hotels are independently owned and operated. 
 

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Contact:

Barbara Wiener-Fischhof
US Franchise Systems, Inc.
404-235-7400
barbara.wiener.fischhof@usfsi.com
www.microtelinn.com

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Also See: Microtel Solicits Customers and Owners Before Rolling Out New System Wide Contemporary Bedding Initiative / March 2007
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