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Best Western Names 2013 Board of Directors

Julie Montmaneix Elected as Chair of the Board

PHOENIX (December 20, 2012)Best Western International announced today that its board of directors has elected Julie Montmaneix as board chair. Montmaneix is the owner and operator of the BEST WESTERN Kings Inn in Corona, Calif.

Montmaneix is a second-generation Best Western member. She was elected to the board in November 2009 and reelected in 2012 representing the interests of hotel owners in California, Nevada and Hawaii. She is a California native who grew up helping out at her family’s Best Western in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Montmaneix lived in Europe for 15 years, where she held a number of positions in marketing and strategic planning before returning to live in Irvine.

“Our directors give voice to the opportunities and challenges facing our owner-operators and help bring our brand priorities into focus,” said Best Western President and CEO David Kong. “Julie’s deep Best Western roots and international perspective make her an ideal board chair for 2013.”

Beth Campbell, board director for northwestern United States, Alaska and Canada’s western provinces was elected board vice chair for 2013. Director P.G. West, who represents Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming will serve as board secretary-treasurer. Both are hotel owner operators who have served as board chair in previous years.

To learn more, please visit the following Best Western resources: ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Best Western International, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand made up of more than 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Now celebrating 66 years of hospitality, Best Western welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests nightly. Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales, marketing and promotional support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 14 million travelers are members of the brand's award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The brand's partnerships with AAA/CAA, racecar driver Michael Waltrip, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Best Western in 2011 was named AAA's and CAA's Hotel Partner of the Year and bestwestern.com was named the 2011 Compuware Best of the Web Gold award winner. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit bestwestern.com.

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Contact:

Todd Sommers
Best Western International
(602) 957-5750
todd.sommers@bestwestern.com

Owen Clark
Allison+Partners
(415) 277-4931
bestwestern@allisonpr.com


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