Blackwell Inn Receives Chairman's Award

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For Immediate Release Contact: Katie Fernando 316.263.7052 kfernando@martenscos.com

Best Western Blackwell Inn Receives Prestigious Brand Award WICHITA, KS – February 16, 2018– The locally managed Best Western Blackwell Inn received the Best Western Ho- tels & Resorts’ Charmain’s Award, the brand’s highest honor for outstanding quality services. This recognition comes after the hotel received the company’s M.K. Guertin Award in 2017. The Chairman’s Award acknowledges Best Western’s top 5 percent out of 2,100 North American properties. Scores are determined by cleanliness, maintenance inspection scores, design and customer service. “We are so honored to receive the Chairman’s Award,” said Hospitality Management president Bill DeWitt. “It only goes to show the hard work our Blackwell Inn team puts toward making this hotel an enjoyable place to stay.” The Best Western Blackwell Inn, located in Blackwell, Okla., is one of three Best Western brand hotels managed by Hos- pitality Management LLC, a division of the Martens Companies. The company will also manage the Best Western Plus West Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park once construction is finished. About Hospitality Management LLC The award-winning Hospitality Management operates three Best Western-branded hotels and four overall in Kansas and Oklahoma. Hospitality Management is one of five operating entities of The Martens Companies, which also in- cludes NAI Martens, Martens Appraisal, Huffman Corridor Consulting LLC, and Receivership Services Corp. For more information see www.martenscos.com. About Best Western Hotels & Res rts Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand with a global net- work of 4,200* hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Best Western offers 11 hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier® Vīb®, GLō®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, BW Premier Collection®, and BW Signature CollectionSM by Best Western; as well as its recently launched franchise offerings: SureStay® Hotel by Best Western, SureStay Plus® Hotel by Best Western and SureStay CollectionSM by Best Western. Now celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and award-winning online and mobile booking capabilities. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including 64 percent of the brand’s North American hotels earning a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award in 2017, Business Travel News® ranking Best Western Plus and Best Western number one in upper-mid-price and mid- price hotel brands, and Best Western receiving seven consecutive Dynatrace® Best of the Web awards for its leading hotel website. Best Western has also won nine consecutive AAA®/CAA® Lodging Partner of the Year awards, recogniz- ing the brand’s commitment to providing exceptional service and great value to AAA/CAA’s nearly 58 million members in the U.S. and Canada. Best Western-branded hotels were top ranked in J.D. Power’s 2017 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study – ranking first in breakfast (food and beverage category) for midscale; and second in overall guest satisfaction. Over 32 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. Best Western’s partnerships with AAA/CAA and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Through its partnership with Google® Street View, Best Western is the first major company of its size and scale to launch a virtual reality experience for customers, setting a new industry stan- dard and reinventing how guests view hotels. * All Best Western and SureStay-branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

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