GuestHouse International Franchise Systems, the owner-friendly franchise, announced today that Kevin Lewis has been appointed the new brand President. Lewis replaces Rob Wilson, who has decided to return with his family to Arizona, their long-time home, to pursue other interests. Lewis previously served as Managing Director of Franchise Sales for parent company Suburban Lodges of America, Inc., and helped establish the fair franchising principles upon which the GuestHouse International brand was founded.
“Kevin has been instrumental in the growth of GuestHouse International since it was formed more than five years ago,” said Greg Plank, President of Suburban Lodges of America, Inc. “He has known every GuestHouse International Franchisee and is well respected for his fairness and his positive attitude.”
“Rob is a well-respected leader, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him,” commented Kevin Lewis. “I look forward to the challenge of growing the GuestHouse International brand in the spirit of True Partnership and Real Value he helped foster.”
Kevin Lewis joined GuestHouse International in 1994 as Vice President of Franchise Development. In 1999, after GuestHouse International was acquired by Suburban Lodges, he became Managing Director of Franchise Sales for the Suburban Lodge and GuestHouse International brands. Prior to 1994, Kevin served as Director of Franchise Sales for both Days Inn and Hospitality Franchise Systems. Other previous experience includes serving as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch, and as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for a hotel development/management company.
Suburban Lodges of America, Inc. owns, franchises and manages Suburban Lodge hotels, the nation`s largest chain of economy extended-stay hotels, and franchises and manages GuestHouse International hotels, the mid-market nightly-stay hotel chain with the franchisee friendly agreement. GuestHouse International now has over 130 locations open or under development in more than 30 states. For information about convenient locations nationwide, call 800-21-GUEST (214-8378) or visit www.guesthouseintl.com. For information about franchising opportunities, call 888-951-2100.