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Choice Hotels Names its 2005 Franchise Sales
and Development Award Winners
Honorees Represent “Best In Sales” Across the Chain’s Diverse Brands

Silver Spring, Md. (February 27, 2006) – Choice Hotels International, Inc., (NYSE:CHH) recently honored its franchise sales and development team for their performance in 2005 at the group’s annual awards dinner at The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
"Our 2005 salesperson of the year award winners have brought great value to Choice as a result of their efforts," said David Pepper, senior vice president, franchise growth and performance. "The franchise sales team had another record-breaking year with 639 executed contracts in 2005, continuing our pattern of record growth from 2004 and establishing a standard by which we will measure 2006."
On hand to present the awards were Joe Squeri, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Pepper; Brian Parker, vice president, emerging markets and new business development; Ron Burgett, vice president, franchise sales and development; and Brad LeBlanc, vice president, franchise sales for the Cambria Suites brand.

The 2005 Franchise Sales and Development Awards Winners are:

Rookies of the Year: Priesh Patel and Damian Jarres

Cambria Suites brand: Steven Dietrich

Clarion Hotel brand: Mark Sutton

Quality Inn brand: Ford Barton

Comfort Suites brand: Tesh Patel

Comfort Inn brand: Steve Waguespack

Sleep Inn brand: Brian Bible

MainStay Suites brand: Brian Ebbs

Econo Lodge brand: Leslie Klanchar

Rodeway Inn brand: Guy Gridley

Emerging Markets Award: Naiema Thomas

Paul Sterbini Excellence Award: Christine Thomas

Victor G. Trapani Award: Bobby Molinary

"One reason for the great year is that Choice provides a great return on investment to franchisees," Pepper added. "We consider our franchisees our customers and our partners in this business, and we recognize that the best way to keep them happy is to provide a good ROI. Our sales results show that franchisees—both current and potential—recognize what a good investment it is to be a part of the Choice system."
The Trapani award, which recognizes the highest sales achievement, honors Victor G. Trapani, a Choice franchise sales executive who lost his battle with cancer in 1995. The Paul Sterbini excellence award, named after a retired Choice vice president, is given to the salesperson who best exemplifies Sterbini’s passion.

About Choice Hotels International
Choice Hotels International is one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, marketing more than 5,000 hotels open or under development in more than 40 countries under the Cambria Suites, Clarion, Quality, Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand names. 


Robin Ferrier
Tel:  (301) 592-6719

Also See: Franchise Sales Director Tesh Patel Receives Choice Hotels’ Highest Sales Achievement Award – the Victor G. Trapani Award for Sales Excellence / February 2005
Choice Hotels’ Victor G. Trapani Award Awarded to Four Franchise Sales Directors: Robert O’Leary, Tesh Patel, Steve Waguespack and Guy Gridley / February 2004
Bill Balletto Honored with Choice Hotels’ Highest Sales Achievement Award – the Victor G. Trapani Award for Sales Excellence / April 2003

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