Key West Inns, Inc. Hires Rick Patel as Brand Manager

January 15, 2009 // // Birmingham, AL, --- The Southeastern hotel chain, Key West Inns, Inc. has hired Mr. Rick Patel as the chain Brand Manager. Now with 21 locations, Key West Inns will focus on chain growth while offering assisting the current hotel franchisees.

As a former Key West Inn franchisee, Rick Patel brings seven years of successful KWI operations back to the brand. Along with his Key West Inn experience, Rick has owned a total of three hotels. In Rick's earlier career he served for 16 years as the International Director of Operations for the McDonald's restaurant chain for Europe and Asia.

President of Key West Inns, Neal B. Jackson is excited about Rick's involvement with the chain. "Rick is an excellent hotel operator and we are pleased that he has joined the Key West Inn team." In addition to providing assistance to the Key West Inn hotels, Rick will also focus on chain growth in hotel franchise sales.

Key West Inns and Key West Inns and Suites are now operating in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Key West Inns saw 40% growth in 2008 and looks to add additional locations in 2009.



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