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Steven J. Belmonte, Founder to Keynote at the Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association’s Annual Convention
Leadership will be focus of Hospitality Solutions president’s address

 Randolph, N.J. — June 15, 2004 —Steven J. Belmonte, Founder, President and C.E.O. of Hospitality Solutions LLC, based here, will deliver the keynote address at the Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association’s Annual Convention in October. In keeping with the convention’s theme, “Training for Peak Performance,” Belmonte’s address will focus on the importance of leadership—both in creating a service culture in a hotel or hotel company, and in developing leadership skills through motivation rather than through organizational control. 

“We’re excited that Steve has agreed to deliver the keynote address,” said Lynn Edwards, CMP, Convention Coordinator for the Seattle-based WSH&LA. “Our planning committee wanted someone who’s been in the trenches like Steve has, who can speak from experience about the importance of training and leadership. Our general managers want to hear from someone who’s been a general manager, and who’s run hotels as well as hotel 
Steve Belmonte
companies. Steve, of course, has done both.”

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the WSH&LA’s keynote speaker,” Belmonte said. “Training and leadership are key components to growth in the lodging industry—or in any endeavor, for that matter—and it’s the association’s recognition of that fact in their convention’s theme that makes it even more of an honor to be chosen as keynote speaker.”

Following the keynote, Belmonte will host a workshop titled: “Franchisor and Franchisee: The Ultimate Love Hate Relationship,” a focus on many franchise issues, including: “Are All Franchisors Alike?”, “Structuring A Fair Franchise Agreement”, “Maximizing The Benefits Of Your Franchise Company”, “The Benefits/Downfall Of Potential Flag Changes” and more. 

By popular demand . . .

In April, Belmonte delivered the keynote address at the Suburban Franchise Systems annual conference in Atlanta. His message: “Success through service and strength through quality and consistency.” In December, Belmonte will deliver the annual Best Value Inn National Educational Conference & Trade Show for the second consecutive year. To be held at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Belmonte will provide members with insight on the benefits of bringing family values to hospitality.

Belmonte, who started working in hotels as a teenager, became a general manager at the age of 18, then later as co-founder and c.e.o. of Equity Hotel Corp. in Chicago operating approximately 35 hotels in 14 states. In 1991, Belmonte became President and C.E.O. of Ramada Franchise Systems, and then founded Hospitality Solutions LLC, which offers 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. 

Belmonte also serves on the Board of Directors of Arlington Hospitality, a hotel management firm based in Arlington Heights, Ill. Along with Arlington Hospitality President and C.E.O. Jerry Herman, Belmonte earlier this week accepted the HVS Lodging Leadership Award for Board Performance, which annually honors the lodging industry’s top board off directors. The award was presented June 7 during the 26th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York.

The WSH&LA Annual Convention will be held Oct. 10-12 at the Alderbrook Resort in Union, Wash. For more information about the Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association and its Annual Convention at the Alderbrook Resort, 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

Also See: Steven J. Belmonte To Keynote Best Value Inn Conference -- Again / June 2004
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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