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 Choice Hotels Augments Sleep Inn Franchise Sales Team; 
David Aupied,  Brian Bible and Thomas J. Sommer
Appointed Franchise Sales Directors


SILVER SPRING, Md. (Feb. 17, 2003) -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH) has augmented its Sleep Inn franchise sales team with three seasoned industry professionals. As new Choice Hotels franchise sales directors, David Aupied,  Brian Bible and Thomas J. Sommer will be responsible for selling Sleep Inn franchises in the southern, midwestern and western regions of the U.S. 

“David, Brian and Tom bring a wealth of lodging sales experience to the Sleep Inn development team,” said Brad LeBlanc, national director of franchising for the Sleep Inn brand.  “This expertise, coupled with strong relationships in their territories, ideally positions these franchise sales directors to continue the strong upward development momentum of the Sleep Inn brand.”

As a Choice Hotels franchise sales director, David Aupied has responsibility for selling Sleep Inn franchises in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  Aupied was previously employed by U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. as director of franchise sales and development. He was on USFS’ 2000 and 2001 “All Star Teams” and was a six-time USFS “Quarterly All Star.” Aupied holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Brian Bible will be selling Sleep Inn franchises in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. Bible was employed as a regional director of franchise sales – Best Inns & Suites at USFS.  He worked for the company for five years and was recognized with their Best Inn “Hotel of the Year” award and All Star award for superior sales performance. Bible is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in Small Business Management.

Thomas Sommer will be responsible for selling Sleep Inn franchises in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.  Previously, he worked for nine years as a director of franchise sales and development for both USFS and HFS, Inc. (Cendant).  He has also been involved in the purchase, asset management and property management of limited service hotels. Sommer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri.

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH) franchises more than 5,000 hotels open and under development worldwide under the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands in 44 countries and territories. 

 Choice Hotels
Dorothy Dee
Tel: (301) 592-6197
Also See: Choice Hotels Adds 41,000 Franchise Rooms in 2003; Reports 342 Conversions and 128 New Construction Contracts / January 2004
Choice Hotels’ Victor G. Trapani Award Awarded to Four Franchise Sales Directors: Robert O’Leary, Tesh Patel, Steve Waguespack and Guy Gridley / February 2004

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