La Quinta Appoints Vice President Of Purchasing

La Quinta Inns, Inc. announced today that Sharon Beach has beenappointed vice president of purchasing.

In her new position, Ms. Beach will report directly to chief financial officer, DavidRea and will work with Brent Spaeth and Wayne Goldberg, group vice presidents ofoperations, to implement and support the company’s strategic purchasing and e-procurementstrategy.

“Sharon’s level of expertise will allow us to manage the relationships with all of ourvendor partners while instituting processes to allow Inn managers to focus on RevPARgrowth and achieve 100 percent guest satisfaction,” said Butch Cash, president and CEO forLa Quinta Inns, Inc.

Ms. Beach brings more than 20 years of supply chain management experience toLa Quinta and is a certified purchasing manager, as well as an active member of theInternational Society of Hospitality Purchasers. She was vice president of purchasing forBristol Hotels & Resorts, one of the largest independent hotel operators in the United States,and served as a general manager at one of their properties. Ms. Beach also served as apurchasing director of several prominent hotels, including The Mandalay Four Seasons Hoteland The Mansion on Turtle Creek.

About La Quinta Inns, Inc.
Dallas-based La Quinta Inns, Inc. owns and operates 230 La Quinta® Inns and 70La Quinta® Inn & Suites in 28 states. La Quinta® is the lodging division of The MeditrustCompanies (NYSE: MT), a real estate investment trust. For more information about La Quinta,please visit its website at www.laquinta.com. Other news about The Meditrust Companies isavailable at www.reit.com.

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