Patrick Pacious marked his first day as president and CEO of Choice Hotels International by signing franchise agreements with long-time Choice franchisee Jayesh (Jay) Patel for a new Cambria Hotels property in Nashville, Tenn., and a Comfort Inn & Suites hotel in New Orleans.
The Cambria Hotel in Nashville marks Patel's first upscale hotel with Choice Hotels. He is also signing a new construction franchise agreement for a Comfort Inn & Suites property in New Orleans. Patel has owned Choice branded properties for nearly two decades in several segments, including economy, midscale, upper midscale, and now upscale.
Patel is the owner of Athena Hospitality Group in Nashville. He currently owns six open Choice properties, with another five hotels under development. His portfolio of open properties includes Comfort Inn hotels in Antioch (Nashville), Tenn., Lima, Ohio and Zachary, La., a Comfort Suites hotel in Nashville, a MainStay Suites hotel in Brentwood, Tenn., and a Quality Inn hotel in Franklin, Tenn.
"After having worked with Choice Hotels for many years, it truly is an honor to take part in this momentous occasion as Pat begins his new role as CEO," said Patel. "Choice offers a tremendous value proposition to franchisees and equips us with all of the tools and resources to be successful so that we can provide guests with the best possible experience and product. This includes brands in many different segments, including midscale and upscale, which I'm thrilled to own for the first time. I look forward to continuing to strengthen my relationship with the company, beginning with these two, new great Cambria and Comfort hotels in Nashville and New Orleans."
Pictured above from left to right: David Pepper, chief development officer, Choice Hotels International, Patrick Pacious, president and CEO, Choice Hotels International, Jayesh (Jay) Patel, owner, Athena Hospitality Group, and Reena Patel.