Kitty Freire, CHA was chosen from over 1000 nominations as the Women’s Business Alliance “Woman of the Year” at the 58th annual convention of Choice Hotels International, Inc. The award was announced during an evening gala at the convention last month in Las Vegas, NV.
The Woman of the Year award serves to recognize one outstanding woman within the Choice Hotels franchise family for her contributions to the travel industry. The award celebrates professional achievement, personal leadership, and industry leadership.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,100 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 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 serve guests worldwide.
Kitty Freire has been the General Manager of the Comfort Inn & Suites/Quality Inn & Suites for over 14 years and she continually receives the respect and admiration of her staff as well as the many guests that stay at Comfort and Quality Inns.
Both hotels have previously received the prestigious Gold Award of Excellent Service as presented by Choice Hotels and the Comfort Inn & Suites has again received the Gold Award in 2012 while the Quality Inn & Suites received the Platinum Award for 2012.
“Kitty is very involved in the overall operations of our properties and is know by her staff has a team player when it comes to her management style and involvement,” Said Ken Maples of Comfort Inn & Suites/Quality Inn & Suites. “We know that Kitty is a vital team leader in our overall success and that she along with her team is the reason that our properties continue to perform as well as they do in a very competitive area,” Maples stated. “Kitty is very deserving of this award as she works diligently in the areas of professional achievement, personal leadership and industry leadership.”
“I am honored to accept this recognition on behalf of our staff as they are the ones that continually demonstrate service and hospitality,” said Freire. “Our staff understands that visitors have many lodging choices in Pigeon Forge and that we must work hard as a team to provide the best overall accommodations possible to win their business,” Freire stated.
Comfort Inn & Suites is located at 3712 Parkway in Pigeon Forge and has been in business for over 15 years. Quality Inn & Suites has been providing lodging for over 28 years and is located at 3756 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
Kitty Freire is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) as well as a licensed real estate agent and working on her real estate broker’s license.