La Quinta(R) Appoints Two New Directors to Franchising Team; Executives Join Hotel Company's Rapidly Expanding Franchising Program

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from La Quinta Inns, Inc.

    DALLAS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- La Quinta Inns, Inc. has added two new
 executives to its franchise team with the appointments of Jeffrey Palla as
 director of franchise services and Jed Heller as director of franchise
 development.
     Palla will play a key role in the development of franchised properties,
 focusing on the financial and operational performance of the hotels, property
 quality standards and RevPAR growth.  Palla also will assist franchisees
 during the initial stages of their relationship with La Quinta and the
 openings of new properties.  Mr. Palla will report to Rajiv Trivedi, vice
 president of franchise operations.
     Heller will be responsible for the growth of franchised properties while
 also assisting franchisees during the initial stages of the
 franchisee/franchisor relationship.  Mr. Heller will report to Randy Evanchyk,
 vice president of franchise development.
     "The number of inquiries regarding our franchising program has been
 overwhelming illustrating the positive response we have received from the
 market," said Butch Cash, president and CEO for La Quinta Inns, Inc.  "The
 addition of Jeff and Jed's expertise increases the strength of our team and
 will ensure the success of new franchisees developing La Quinta Inns and La
 Quinta Inn & Suites."
     Palla and Heller have more than 30 years of combined experience in the
 hospitality industry.  Most recently, Palla served as district manager for
 BridgeStreet Accommodations of Twinsburg, Ohio.  For BridgeStreet, Palla
 doubled the company's reach in his district and helped increase profit margins
 to their highest levels ever.  Prior to his career at BridgeStreet, Palla
 managed multiple properties for Red Roof Inns in Florida.  Earlier in his
 career, Palla oversaw the front office operations of three resorts as guest
 service manager for the Walt Disney World Company.
     As director of development at Suburban Lodges of America, Heller helped
 the chain establish a presence of extended stay hotels in the Northeast.  At
 Choice Hotels International, Mr. Heller doubled the number of Clarion Hotels
 while tripling the number of Quality Inns franchised.  He served as operating
 partner for Premier Hotel Corporation where he acquired hotels, staffed
 property general managers, and oversaw accounting, marketing, operations,
 safety and security.
 
     About La Quinta Inns, Inc.
     Dallas-based La Quinta Inns, Inc. owns and operates or franchises 230 La
 Quinta(R) Inns and 71 La Quinta(R) Inn & Suites in 28 states.  La Quinta(R) is
 the lodging division of The Meditrust Companies (NYSE:   MT), a real estate
 investment trust.  For more information about La Quinta, please visit its
 website at www.laquinta.com.  Other news about The Meditrust Companies is
 available at www.reit.com.
 
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    DALLAS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- La Quinta Inns, Inc. has added two new
 executives to its franchise team with the appointments of Jeffrey Palla as
 director of franchise services and Jed Heller as director of franchise
 development.
     Palla will play a key role in the development of franchised properties,
 focusing on the financial and operational performance of the hotels, property
 quality standards and RevPAR growth.  Palla also will assist franchisees
 during the initial stages of their relationship with La Quinta and the
 openings of new properties.  Mr. Palla will report to Rajiv Trivedi, vice
 president of franchise operations.
     Heller will be responsible for the growth of franchised properties while
 also assisting franchisees during the initial stages of the
 franchisee/franchisor relationship.  Mr. Heller will report to Randy Evanchyk,
 vice president of franchise development.
     "The number of inquiries regarding our franchising program has been
 overwhelming illustrating the positive response we have received from the
 market," said Butch Cash, president and CEO for La Quinta Inns, Inc.  "The
 addition of Jeff and Jed's expertise increases the strength of our team and
 will ensure the success of new franchisees developing La Quinta Inns and La
 Quinta Inn & Suites."
     Palla and Heller have more than 30 years of combined experience in the
 hospitality industry.  Most recently, Palla served as district manager for
 BridgeStreet Accommodations of Twinsburg, Ohio.  For BridgeStreet, Palla
 doubled the company's reach in his district and helped increase profit margins
 to their highest levels ever.  Prior to his career at BridgeStreet, Palla
 managed multiple properties for Red Roof Inns in Florida.  Earlier in his
 career, Palla oversaw the front office operations of three resorts as guest
 service manager for the Walt Disney World Company.
     As director of development at Suburban Lodges of America, Heller helped
 the chain establish a presence of extended stay hotels in the Northeast.  At
 Choice Hotels International, Mr. Heller doubled the number of Clarion Hotels
 while tripling the number of Quality Inns franchised.  He served as operating
 partner for Premier Hotel Corporation where he acquired hotels, staffed
 property general managers, and oversaw accounting, marketing, operations,
 safety and security.
 
     About La Quinta Inns, Inc.
     Dallas-based La Quinta Inns, Inc. owns and operates or franchises 230 La
 Quinta(R) Inns and 71 La Quinta(R) Inn & Suites in 28 states.  La Quinta(R) is
 the lodging division of The Meditrust Companies (NYSE:   MT), a real estate
 investment trust.  For more information about La Quinta, please visit its
 website at www.laquinta.com.  Other news about The Meditrust Companies is
 available at www.reit.com.
 
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