Ramada® Names New Vice President Of Operations

Ramada Franchise Systems, Inc. today announced the appointment of Mark F. Young to Vice President of Operations. Young, who previously held the same position at Horizon Hotels Limited, has a B.S. in Marketing from Boston College, a CHA designation and over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry.

“Mark is a perfect fit for Ramada and his ‘hands-on’ approach, warm demeanor and ability to turn ideas into action complement our strategic plans for the new millennium,” said Steven Belmonte, Ramada Franchise Systems President and CEO.

In an effort to better service franchisees, Ramada has formed a distinct operations division, which focuses on three main components: field marketing, training and technology. Comprised of 27 regionally located professionals, the division was created to increase sales volume and improve product and service quality.

“Since Horizon`s portfolio included Ramada properties, I have attended many Ramada training seminars and functions,” said Young. “I’m very familiar with Ramada systems and programs and look forward to contributing to the chain’s success.”

Ramada Franchise Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD), is a mid- to upper-mid-market chain of over 1,000 open or under development Ramada Limited, Inn and Plaza Hotel properties throughout the United States. Reservations can be made at any Ramada property via 1-800-2-RAMADA or ramada.com.