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Americas Best Value Inn Expands its Development Department
with 4 New Membership Development Directors
Including a Husband and Wife Team

(CLEVELAND, August 23, 2011) – As the Americas Best Value Inn® and Canadas Best Value Inn® hotel brands continue their rapid growth throughout North America, their membership development department is also expanding with several seasoned development professionals. The company announced today that Don and Cheri Eaton, Kenneth Lisi and David Silver have joined the corporate team as membership development directors.

Married for 33 years, the Eatons own and manage the Americas Best Value Inn & Suites in Thief River Falls, MN.  They’ve owned the property for 14 years, converted it to an ABVI four years ago, and last year won the brand’s prestigious Inn Unity award for hotels with under 60 rooms. They are directing ABVI development in the Mountain North Region of the U.S.

“Our property was previously branded with other major chains. Since our conversion to ABVI, our bottom-line revenue has increased substantially and, best of all, we have a voice and vote in all major brand guidelines. We were so impressed with ABVI’s model and performance that we decided to join the development team.”

Lisi, who handles the Northeast/New England Region for ABVI, has worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, bringing experience from both full-service and limited-service properties as Regional Director of Operations, General Manager, Sales Manager, and F&B Manager for flagged hotels such as Hilton, Ramada, Best Western, and Sunrise Suites Hotels. He was also a Senior Quality Assurance inspector for the entire Northeast Region for Cendant Corporation.

Silver comes from a sales, management, operational and marketing background.  His experience includes over five years in franchise sales and marketing for Instant Imprints, Hometown Times, Expense Reduction Analysts, Tile Outlet Always in Stock and The Lease Coach. Silver spearheads ABVI development in Southern California and Arizona.

“The Eatons are the first husband and wife sales development team in the history of our organization. They are a perfect fit, as they embody the spirit of our members and the development team, and the shared goals they have. Kenneth and David have both distinguished themselves with impressive sales accomplishments in past positions and we look forward to them taking the brand to new heights,” said ABVI Vice President of Development and long-time industry expert Patrick Mullinix.

Part of the Vantage Hospitality Group family, Americas Best Value Inn is the ninth-largest limited-service hotel chain with over 950 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. With its innovative business model that works in good or bad economic times, hotel owners continue to be attracted to the brand that offers the affordable alternative to traditional hotel franchising.

About Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc.

Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., Vantage Hospitality Group is the 10th largest hotel company worldwide with over 1,000 hotels in just 11 years and the only hotel company to be ranked on the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Inc. 500/5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Hotel owners worldwide have embraced Vantage’s innovative brand model that offers members low, flat fees; short-term contracts; and a voice and a vote in each brand’s direction while providing the most comprehensive resources in the lodging industry. Vantage Hospitality’s first hotel brand, Americas Best Value Inn, is a leader in the limited-service segment (including Canadas Best Value Inn and Chinas Best Value Inn) throughout North America and China and has been recognized by the lodging industry as the fastest-growing chain over the past decade. The company continues to grow with the Lexington Hotel and Lexington Inn brands (Vantage’s midscale through upscale brands) and through affiliations with Brown Nester Hospitality Services (offering comprehensive hotel brokerage and related services) and Vantage Insurance Services (a full-service insurance agency specializing in insurance for the hospitality industry). Visit,,, or for more information.


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Also See: Vantage Hospitality Group Re-Brands the La Quinta in Billings, Montana as the 87-room Lexington Inn & Suites / August 2011

Americas Best Value Inn/Canadas Best Value Inn’s Growth Remains Strong with 28 New Properties in First Quarter of 2011 / April 2011

Americas Best Value Inn Claims to be First National Hotel Chain to Implement Biodegradable Bathroom Amenities System-Wide / February 2010

Bill Hanley Appointed Managing Director of International Development for Vantage Hospitality Group / October 2007

Since its Founding in 1999, America's Best Value Inn has Grown from Six to More than 650 Hotels; Personal Integrity of the People Behind the Company a Key to Growth / July 2006

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