SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) recently announced that it has named C.A. Anderson as vice president of development for Cambria Suites—the company's upscale, all-suites brand, which was launched in 2005 by the global lodging franchisor and designed to fit the changing needs of today's modern business travelers. Mr. Anderson will report to David Pepper, senior vice president of global development.
In his new role, Mr. Anderson will oversee the strategic development of the Cambria Suites brand. He will be responsible for leading the franchise sales team in developing and implementing new strategies to increase the brand's distribution among key markets nationwide, capitalizing on the company's commitment to the brand, including $250 million in corporate investments aimed to fuel the brand's growth, primarily in urban markets.
"We're pleased to have C.A. join Choice and to lead the expansion of Cambria Suites as we continue to aggressively focus our efforts on growing the brand among top-tier urban markets with highly-experienced, multi-unit developers," said Pepper. "Growing the Cambria Suites brand is one of our top strategic priorities at Choice and with C.A.'s vast experience within the hospitality industry, we'll continue to see the brand develop in top strategic markets."The company recently broke ground on a new Cambria Suites franchised property in Miami and plans to break ground on an additional location in downtown Washington, D.C. later this year. Throughout last year, the brand unveiled plans for two new properties in New York City and opened a location in downtown Pittsburgh. Mr. Anderson joins Choice Hotels with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as president and chief operating officer of The Dow Hotel Company, a hotel ownership, investment and management company headquartered in Seattle, Wash. Prior to that, his background includes experience at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, Inc., Red Lion Hotels, Inc., and Japan Airline Group Companies. Mr. Anderson received his bachelor's degree in political science and pre-law from San Diego State University and did his masters work in finance at University of San Diego. He is also a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and serves on the Lodging Industry Investment Council. About Cambria Suites Cambria Suites offers contemporary, upscale accommodations at affordable prices. Designed as a lifestyle hotel brand, Cambria Suites offers more than just a place to sleep at night. It features a larger lobby to give guests a more social atmosphere, all-suite rooms that are larger than standard hotel rooms and include a separate living, working and sleeping space, providing business and leisure travelers a haven to relax, socialize and network. As of June 30, 2012, there were 19 properties open across the country, representing more than 4,600 guest suites, and 26 properties in various stages of development, representing an additional 4,600-plus rooms. About Choice Hotels Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises approximately 6,200 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of June 30, 2012, more than 375 hotels were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 30,000 rooms, and approximately 75 hotels, representing approximately 6,700 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in approximately 15 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide. Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. website, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com. Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International. (C) 2012 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.