DENVER, March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning Denver businesswoman Kimberly Smith was named president of the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA), the leading organization governing the corporate housing industry.
Smith is a serial entrepreneur and co-founded two award-winning Denver-based companies, AvenueWest Global Franchise, a company that franchises the managed corporate housing concept, and CorporateHousingbyOwner.com, a website connecting thousands of individual property owners offering short-term furnished and unfurnished rentals with potential renters across North America.
"The corporate housing industry projects major growth in 2011 due to the increased need for high-level talent. This demand will lead to a rise in relocations as well as an increase in business travel spend by 5 percent," says Smith. "This year's board will work closely with its various corporate housing member organizations to manage this demand and promote the corporate housing concept as a viable and preferable alternative lodging option."
CHPA currently services the corporate housing industry throughout North America; however, Smith says the board "looks forward to expanding globally" in the coming year and plans to forge new alliances and serve an expanded client base.
"As an organization serving an emerging and growing lodging segment, we strive to provide all our members with the tools they need to be leading providers of furnished, short-term rentals. To do this, we'll be developing a Choice Matrix that the traveling public can consult to help them make an educated lodging choice," she adds.
Smith has previously served as vice president and treasurer of the CHPA board.
Smith is a leading role model in her community. She volunteers for The Women's College at the University of Denver (DU). She was named one of "Colorado's Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals" by ColoradoBiz Magazine and as an "Outstanding Woman in Business Finalist" by the Denver Business Journal. AvenueWest has received the distinguished Corporate Housing Provider of the Year Award by the CHPA in 2010 and Corporate Housing by Owner has been featured in leading publications, such as The New York Times, USA Today and Forbes.com.
About AvenueWest Global Franchise
AvenueWest Global Franchise is a revenue tool that empowers licensed real estate professionals to franchise the AvenueWest Corporate Housing brand in their local cities. The company provides real estate professionals a turnkey, professional corporate housing solution they can offer to meet the growing demand for managed corporate housing. The company was founded by Kimberly and Eric Smith, long-time corporate housing professionals who also founded AvenueWest Corporate Housing and Corporate Housing by Owner. Today, AvenueWest Global Franchise has franchises in Denver, Colorado Springs, San Francisco and Dallas. Learn more about managed corporate housing and AvenueWest Global Franchise at http://www.AvenueWest.com.
About the Corporate Housing Providers Association
CHPA is the only trade association dedicated exclusively to the corporate housing industry. The Association continually strives to uphold the highest standards in business and professionalism; provide valuable insight, knowledge and resources to the industry; and increase visibility among related industries. Along with networking, education, certification, and information sharing, CHPA members grow their business and expand their reach through an international network of partners. Find out more about corporate or furnished apartments at http://www.chpaonline.org.
Red Jeweled Media on behalf of AvenueWest Global Franchise
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