ROCKVILLE, Md., July 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, announced today its chief information officer, Todd Davis, has received a 2013 CIO of the Year and Innovation in Technology Award. The award, sponsored by the Phoenix Business Journal and the Arizona Technology Council, recognizes the state's top CIOs for excellence in technology. "Todd is a true leader in technology innovation," said Stephen P. Joyce, president & CEO, Choice Hotels International. "Under his direction, Choice Hotels has built industry-leading global technology platforms that have enabled the company to drive record traffic to our franchised properties and boost efficiency and results for our franchisees. We are proud of Todd's many accomplishments within our company and the entire hospitality industry." Davis leads Choice Hotels' global IT strategy, providing high-performing solutions to the company and its 6,000-plus franchisees worldwide. He joined Choice Hotels in 1995, where he has held multiple positions, most recently serving as chief technology officer before his promotion to chief information officer in March 2013. Today as the most senior executive at the Choice Hotels western headquarters and technology hub in Phoenix, Davis oversees corporate IT, back-office systems and the international deployment of the company's cloud-based technology system. Technological InnovationDavis' role at Choice Hotels is pivotal, as the company advances its position as a leader in hospitality technology. During the last five years, Choice Hotels has built state-of-art global data, telecom and technology platforms. Now, under Davis' leadership, Choice is leveraging its technology and setting company records, including new highs for Web traffic and reservation contribution to franchisees. Asked about the biggest accomplishment of his IT career, Davis names the deployment of choiceADVANTAGE, the Choice Hotels proprietary, cloud-based property management solution (PMS). This pioneering platform launched in 2003 as the industry's first cloud-based PMS. Today, Davis says it has become the most widely used cloud-based PMS in the lodging industry with deployment in more than 5,000 hotels representing nearly 400,000 rooms. The full-featured platform provides a seamless interface with the Choice distribution system to enable hotel operators to manage their properties through the Internet with secure access to information needed to run their business from virtually anywhere.