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Steven J. Belmonte To Keynote
Best Value Inn Conference -- Again 
Members to gain insight on the benefits of
bringing family values to hospitality

RANDOLPH, N.J. — JUNE 1, 2004 —Steven J. Belmonte, President and C.E.O. of Hospitality Solutions LLC and former President and C.E.O. of Ramada Hotels, will deliver the keynote address to the Annual Best Value Inn National Educational Conference & Trade Show for the second consecutive year. The 2004 event will be held December 5 to 8 at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, and will correlate events and trends in the lodging industry overall with the achievements of BVI as the fastest growing chain in the hotel industry.

“If you want someone to motivate your operators, there’s no one better than Steve Belmonte,” said Roger Bloss, President of Best Value Inn. “You can hire motivational speakers all day long, but Steve did what no other speaker had done before him – he did his homework on the BVI structure months before the conference, he embraced our concept, and then he delivered a straightforward, easy-to-understand message to our members on keeping customers satisfied and motivating employees to be 
Steve Belmonte
passionate about their work. It was phenomenal – and he left our audience wanting more.”

Bloss said that as an organization run by the members for the benefit of the members, the brand embraces each other as a family and make decisions as a team. Today, Steve Belmonte is part of that family because he has earned the respect of the entire membership group.

“BVI is a membership organization that really controls its own destiny,” Belmonte said. “They are a group of hoteliers in business for themselves, but not by themselves. In simple terms, they are a family--and to me, there is nothing more important. The 2004 BVI keynote address will touch on bringing family values to lodging by putting the needs of guests and employees first, and cultivating a welcoming hospitality environment that mirrors home – from encouraging continuing education of employees to preparing for special guest requests in advance. 

“I am honored to have been selected to fulfill this role for yet another year, and look forward to cultivating even further the relationships I fostered last year with the dynamic members of this organization,” he said. “They, too, have become my family.” 

One For All 

Since leaving Ramada after 11 years as its president, Belmonte launched Hospitality Solutions LLC to provide nationwide service to hotel owners who need assistance in dealing with franchise companies. No matter the size of the operation, Belmonte provides assistance in franchise agreement formulations, termination negotiation assistance, mediation, expert witness and consulting services, asset management, renovations, financing assistance, executive retreats, sales-and-marketing training and special projects/new corporate initiatives. In addition, he has recently partnered with Morris Lasky, president of Lodging Unlimited, a Chicago-based management company and co-founder of The Lodging Conference and The International Hotel Conference, to co-established Belmonte/Lasky Asset Management.

“Steve took a personal interest in our brand, and that stood out with our members and also with me,” Bloss said. “Typically when you hire a person of Steve’s caliber to speak at an event, they fly in and out—usually the same day. Steve on the other hand is at the event from start to finish, talking with members after the various sessions and networking with everyone at the trade show. He turned a two-hour presentation into a two-day event. In my book, that is going the extra mile, and that is what makes Steve Belmonte the industry’s finest motivational speaker.”

Bloss said that he plans to extend an invitation to Belmonte to join the conference planning committee. In 2003, Belmonte and his wife Dwyonia were responsible for the famed “World Premiere” conference kick-off in which members entered the convention hall as “stars” attending a Hollywood media event. As attendees strolled down the red carpet the BVI management team snapped photos as the paparazzi. 

“The 2004 event promises to be just as entertaining and informative,” said Bloss, “and I am sure that Steve Belmonte will play a big part in its success.”

About Best Value Inn

Best Value Inn was recognized as the fastest growing hotel chain in America by Lodging Hospitality magazine in 2003. The brand, with six regional offices throughout the U.S. and headquarters in Westlake Village, Calif., continues this trend with more than 375 inns, hotels and suites throughout North America. There are six regional offices throughout the U.S. and headquarters in Westlake Village, Calif. For more information regarding membership, call 888-316-2378 or visit

About Hospitality Solutions LLC

Hospitality Solutions LLC, Randolph, N.J., provides franchise agreement formulations and termination negotiation assistance, mediation, consulting, litigation support and expert witness services to the hospitality and service industries. Company President and CEO Steven Belmonte, former President and CEO of Ramada Hotels, also served as Chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Assn.’s Educational Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of Arlington Hospitality Inc. and serves as a partner with Belmonte/Lasky Asset Management Inc. For more information, call (973) 598-0839, email or visit


Steve Belmonte
Hospitality Solutions LLC
Tel: (973) 598-0839

Roger Bloss
President and CEO
Best Value Inns
(805) 557-7300

Also See: Belmonte’s Business Is Booming; Jeff Seymour Joins Growing Team / April 2004
Belmonte Appoints Lee Dushoff To Hospitality Solutions Team / February 2004
Belmonte To Bring Insight To Best Value Inn Members as Keynote at Conference / October 2003
Belmonte ‘Talks the Talk’ in Role as Motivational Speaker / March 2003
Steve Belmonte Immersed in Sarbanes-Oxley as a New Member of the Board of Directors of Arlington Hospitality Inc. / May 2003
Belmonte’s Back In Business As Hospitalty Solutions LLC / Feb 2003

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