Stewart Bainum

Choice Hotels International Chairman Stewart Bainum will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in January at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles. Along with his work with Choice, Bainum is chairman of Artis Senior Living, successor to a company begun by his father.

Bainum started with Choice in 1976 when the company was Quality Inns. He became chairman of the board in 1997. He joined his father’s business ManorCare in 1972 and became that company’s Chairman and CEO from 1987 to 1998. The Bainum family later sold ManorCare and started Artis Senior Living in 2012, according to Senior Housing News.

Outside of the hospitality industry, Bainum served from 1979 to 1983 as a delegate in the Maryland General Assembly and from 1983 to 1987 as a state senator. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. He also is a member of the board of advisors for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and the Real Estate Roundtable.

“Under his leadership over the past four decades, Choice Hotels has become one of the world’s largest and best-known hotel companies,” Jim Burba, co-founder of ALIS co-sponsor Burba Hotel Network, said about Bainum receiving the award.

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