DALLAS (July 08, 2009) - La Quinta announced the promotion of David Wilner to the newly-created position of Corporate Vice President, Development, effective immediately. The news was announced by Rajiv K. Trivedi, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, to whom Wilner will continue to report.
"We are delighted to make this announcement, recognizing the contributions and abilities of an important member of our development team," said Trivedi. He continued, 'David has been an important part of our industry-leading growth for several years, and has been integrally involved in the expansion of our franchise system, domestically and internationally. We look forward to his continued contributions, and to even bigger things in the future."
In his new role, Wilner directs and supervises corporate development and franchise sales activities, including management of sales staff. He joined La Quinta as Director of Franchise Development in 2001, and served as Vice President of Franchise Development for the Western United States and Central America from 2007 through 2009. Wilner has more than a dozen years of development and management experience in the lodging industry. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arizona.
Wayne Goldberg, La Quinta's President and CEO, said, "We are pleased to welcome David to his new role. La Quinta continues to add even more depth and focus to its management team, as we continue to grow the La Quinta system and reach new levels of excellence in guest experience."
David Wilner said, "I appreciate this new opportunity, and look forward to continuing my personal professional growth at La Quinta." He concluded, "It is exciting to be part of the fastest growing, most innovative company in the lodging industry."
La Quinta's franchising program was launched in 2001, and since then has signed more than 600 franchise agreements. The brand has grown to more than 730 hotels, with another 250 in the pipeline.
Its rapid pace of growth makes La Quinta a top franchise choice, and the industry leader, in the mid-market segment. La Quinta was named the fastest-growing brand in the industry in 2008, and was selected as the top brand for franchisee ROI two years running (2007 and 2008).
About La Quinta
LQ Management L.L.C. is one of the largest operators of limited-service hotels in the United States. Based in Dallas, Texas, the Company operates and provides franchise services to more than 730 hotels in 46 states, Canada and Mexico under the La Quinta Inn® and La Quinta Inn & Suites® brands. For reservations or more information about La Quinta, please visit www.LQ.com or call 1-800-SLEEPLQ.