Stewart Bainum, Jr. to Receive The ALIS Lifetime Achievement Award

Published October 2018
Stewart Bainum, Jr., Chairman of Choice Hotels International, will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) on January 28-30, 2019, in Los Angeles. This prominent award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the hospitality industry through their actions, deeds, and great accomplishments.

Stewart Bainum, Jr. is Chairman of Choice Hotels International and Artis Senior Living. Since the 1980’s, he has led a number of enterprises including four current or former publicly listed companies. Stewart joined the leadership team of Quality Inns, which later became Choice Hotels, in 1976. Since then, the company has grown from 240 Quality Inn hotels to more than 6,800 properties under 12 hotel brands in more than 40 countries. He has served as Chairman of the Board since 1997. Stewart joined his father's Manor Care business in 1972, serving as Chairman and CEO from 1987 to 1998. The Washington Business Journal credited Bainum with "turning the low-key company into a billion-dollar enterprise" and the hotels division into the world's second largest hotel franchisor. Bainum, who was described by Forbes as a "fiscal-minded Democrat," served eight years in the Maryland General Assembly as Delegate (1979-1983) and State Senator (1983-1987). Stewart received a B.A. degree in history from Pacific Union College and a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA. He is also a member of UCLA's Anderson School of Management's Board of Advisors and the Real Estate Roundtable.

“We are honored to be presenting the 2019 ALIS Lifetime Achievement Award to Stewart Bainum, Jr.,” stated Jim Burba, Co-Founder of BHN and ALIS Chair. “Under his leadership over the past four decades, Choice Hotels has become one of the world’s largest and best-known hotel companies. This, coupled with his lifetime of achievements and civic engagement, makes Mr. Bainum a most deserving recipient of this Award,” Burba added.

Program information and registration is available on the ALIS website, For general information and sponsorship opportunities, contact BHN conference manager, Rachel Ugay.

Produced by Northstar Travel Group, in association with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the two-and-a-half-day ALIS event features an extensive array of seminars and panels hosted by leading experts and investors discussing important trends and identifying new opportunities. The conference attracts the lodging industry’s leading hotel executives, investors, lenders, developers, and professional advisory community.