Helm to chair Best Western board

10th Nov 2006

The Board of Directors of Best Western
International has named Charles Helm its chairman.Other Board announcements include Roman Jaworowicz as vice
chairman and David Francis as secretary/treasurer.

Helm, who served as secretary/treasurer when he joined the Best Western
Board in 2005, was most recently vice chairman.  He replaces Raymond
Johnston who, having served his one-year term as chairman, remains a
Board director.  Helm co-owns and operates the Best Western Crown Colony
Inn & Suites in Lufkin, Texas.  He has been a member of Best Western
since 1982, serving as a Board-appointed Governor for 16 years while
active on numerous advisory committees, including the company’s
Executive Marketing Advisory Committee, the Membership Development
Committee and the Supply Committee.  He currently chairs the Audit
Committee.  Well respected in the business and civic communities of
northeast Texas, Helm is a former member of the Texas Hotel Motel
Association’s Board of Directors.  He also served as president of the
Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation.  Helm is a Certified
Hotel Administrator (CHA) and represents Best Western members in Texas,
Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. 

Jaworowicz is a veteran hotelier and president of the Highland Inn
Corporation, which owns and operates the Best Western Highland Inn and
Conference Centre in Midland, Ontario.  Active in Canadian tourism and
commerce, he is a member of the Midland Rotary Club and a founding
member of the Midland Penetanguishene Tourism Consortium.  Involved in
nearly all facets of marketing, Jaworowicz most recently was president
of the Best Western Marketing Co-op and a member of the CEO Roundtable.
He is a CHA and a two-time Best Western INNfluence Award recipient for
both worldwide communications and community affairs. Jaworowicz
represents Best Western members in Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa,
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.

Francis has served on the Board since 2005 and has been a Best Western
member since 1991.  He co-owns and operates the Best Western of
Lynchburg in Lynchburg, Va.  With more than 25 years of experience,
Francis is a CHA who has held various leadership roles within Best
Western, including past chair of the Marketing Advisory Committee and
the Mid-Atlantic Co-op, in addition to his current position as chairman
of the Communications Committee.  Francis represents Best Western
members in Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC,
Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova
Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. 


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