Spring, Md. (September 14, 2006) – Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH)
announced the promotion of Ralph Singer to the position of regional vice
president, sales for Cambria Suites. In this new position, Singer will
be responsible for overseeing the strategic growth and development efforts
for Cambria Suites, Choice’s newest brand. Singer, a member
of the Cambria Suites franchise development team since the brand’s inception,
will report to Brad LeBlanc, vice president, franchise sales for Choice’s
new construction brands.
Cambria Suites is the stylish new lifestyle hotel brand launched by
Choice Hotels in 2005 in response to strong market demand for a select-service,
upscale hotel product. Through June 30, 2006, Choice had executed
28 franchise agreements for the new brand, in leading markets such as Baltimore,
Denver, Orlando, and Phoenix.
"Ralph has been the top performer for the Cambria Suites franchise development
team and he has been a major contributor to the brand’s successful market
introduction,” said LeBlanc. “He is extremely well-versed in the
matters that are important to Cambria developers – real estate, site selection
and feasibility, and finance. His field-level experience and knowledge
of the development process positions him to be a strong leader for the
Cambria Suites franchise sales team.”
Singer, a graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelors in
Marketing, has spent the last 10 years in the hospitality industry, nearly
three years of which has been spent working for Choice. He served
as a Franchise Services Director for the Sleep Inn brand in Mississippi,
Alabama and Georgia before joining the Cambria sales team in January 2005.
Previously, Singer spent seven years directing franchise sales in the southeastern
United States while working for U.S. Franchise Systems in Atlanta.
Choice Hotels International franchises more than 5,200
hotels, representing more than 430,000 rooms, in the United States and
more than 40 countries and territories. As of June 30, 2006, 687 hotels
are under development in the United States, representing 53,765 rooms,
and an additional 65 hotels, representing 5,993 rooms, are under development
in more than 20 countries and territories. The company's Cambria Suites,
Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge,
Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay Hotel brands serve
guests worldwide. Additional corporate information may be found on Choice
Hotels' Internet site, which may be accessed at choicehotels.com.
Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Cambria Suites, Comfort Inn,
Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban
Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn are proprietary trademarks
and service marks of Choice Hotels International.