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Minneapolis / Saint Paul (MN) Based Hotelier Recognized
by National Lodging Association
Orlando, February 10, 1998--The American Hotel & Motel Association (AH&MA) presented the Economy Lodging Operator of the Year award to Kirby D.  Payne, CHA, President of Minneapolis  based  American  Hospitality Management Company.   The award was  presented  during  the AH&MA  Economy  Lodging  Conference held here,  February 4-6,  at the  Buena  Vista  Palace Resort & Spa.

"Kirby  has  been and continues to be a long-time leader in the economy segment of  the  lodging industry,"  said Greg Plank,  President of Atlanta based Country Hearth Inns and chairman of the AH&MA's  Economy  Lodging  Council.  "In  addition to being a reputable  steward  of  various hotel  investments  for his clients,  he is known to always be willing to share his industry  knowledge  by speaking at various hotel industry events and writing monthly for various industry  trade and profesional publications."

Payne,  who  began  his hotel career in 1972,  founded American Hospitality Management Company in 1988.  The  growing Minneapolis based company operates economy lodging and full service  hotels  and consults to the industry throughout the US and has an ownership interest in  several  hotels.   Payne is Past President of the Minnesota Hotel & Lodging Association  (MH&LA), Chairman  of  the  AH&MA International Council of Hotel-Motel Companies;  a member  of  the Audit,  Certification  and Credentials Committee;  a trustee on the board of the Educational Institute (EI) of the AH&MA; and a commissioner on the EI's Certification Commission.  In addition, he is a former member of the Economy Lodging Council's executive committee.

The  AH&MA  founded  in  1910,  is  a federation of  state  lodging  associations  throughout  the United States,  with some 11,000 members worldwide, representing more than 1.4 million rooms.  The  AH&MA  provides  operations,   technical,  educational,  marketing,   and  communications services plus governmental affairs representation to the lodging industry.   It is affiliated with the MH&LA with over 850 members comprised of hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and their suppliers.  MH&LA provides services at the state level similar to those of the AH&MA.

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