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Choice Hotels International Honors Jay Patel and Athena Companies

July 27, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Choice Hotels International, Inc. , one of the world’s largest hotel companies, honored Jay Patel and the Athena Companies with the company’s prestigious Premier Legacy award.

This distinction was in recognition of Patel’s commitment to the Choice Hotels International family of brands. This honor was announced during an evening gala at the 59th annual convention of Choice Hotels International in Los Angeles.

The Premier Legacy award honors a Choice Hotels franchisee whose history of performance sets a high standard for the industry. These exceptional franchisees are truly committed to the brand and work closely with Choice Hotels to enhance the brand’s success.

This year’s honoree, Jay Patel, is chief financial officer for Athena Companies ( The Athena Companies own and operate food service businesses and hotels in Tennessee, Ohio and Louisiana, including five Choice Hotels franchised properties. Created by the merger of several regional companies, Athena thrives under its business motto, “it’s all about relationship.” The Athena portfolio includes Comfort Inn properties in Columbia, Tennessee and Lima Ohio; Comfort Inn and Suites hotel in Memphis; Comfort Suites Airport Nashville; and Quality Inn hotel and Suites in Franklin, Tennessee.

“We are deeply honored to receive this Premier Legacy award,” said Mr. Patel. “Our property teams work very hard to deliver the best guest experience possible, and this award recognizes our work and commitment to the hospitality industry.”

“Jay has been a strong advocate for Choice Hotels for more than a decade,” said Stephen P. Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International. “He is a business leader who believes strongly in giving back to the community through his work with many civic associations, and we are proud of our relationship with him, and with the Athena Companies.”

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