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SILVER SPRING, Md., March 24, 2011--Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel franchisors, is pleased to announce that the diversity committee of the board of directors has presented the company's annual Supplier Diversity Award to the Choice Hotels Corporate Communications department. The award, currently in its fifth year, recognizes outstanding efforts in supporting the company's supplier diversity program and related initiatives.
"Working with a diverse base of suppliers provides a number of mutual benefits to Choice Hotels and the many minority-owned businesses owners with whom we work," said Stephen P. Joyce, president and chief executive officer, Choice Hotels International. "At Choice Hotels, we value the opportunity to draw from a broad selection of suppliers who provide excellent customer service, value, and innovative solutions while also providing minority business owners the opportunity to reach more customers and expand their businesses."
The Corporate Communications group, led by Anne Madison, senior vice president, was selected from among many nominations as a result of the department's efforts to actively seek out, select, advocate for and recommend minority and woman-owned businesses, as well as for providing for feedback to assist these businesses in securing future business from Choice and other organizations.
Among the minority and woman-owned businesses that the department works with and recommends are:
From the original nomination in support of the group:
"The members of the team place a high priority and have a
strong understanding of the importance of seeking and sourcing diverse
suppliers. The department has consistently worked to increase spending
with diverse suppliers on an annual basis. The department accomplishes
this by taking advantage of the tools and resources Choice Hotels
offers to identify and source work with diverse suppliers on a regular
basis, such as the company's vendor locator tool. In addition to its
continued efforts to hire diverse vendors, members of the team have
also provided numerous opportunities for these vendors to expand their
"Choice Hotels has an overall companywide commitment to
diversity and a commitment to the inclusion of minority and woman-owned
suppliers in the procurement process," said Maria D'Ambrosio, senior
director of inclusion and diversity at Choice Hotels. "This commitment
starts at the top with executive management and with the Diversity
Committee of the Board of Directors, which serves to oversee
companywide diversity initiatives focused on five key business
pillars--workforce diversity and inclusion, supplier diversity,
multi-cultural marketing, franchise development and philanthropy."
About the Choice Hotels Supplier
Previous winners of the Choice Hotels Supplier Diversity Award
include Consumer Information Research (2009); Franchise Billing (2008);
Facility Services (2007); and IS System Administration (2006). As one
of the company's eight overall value categories, diversity is
consistently ranked as one of the company's core areas of focus in its
day-to-day operations. As a company, Choice Hotels contributes
significant effort toward creating, cultivating and nurturing a diverse
and inclusive culture. For more information on Choice Hotels, visit choicehotels.com.
About Choice Hotels
Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice
Hotels International, Inc. Web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.
Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Collectionare proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.
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