Amanda Belmonte will become executive vice president and COO of Vimana Franchise Systems in January.

Amanda Belmonte will become executive vice president and chief operating officer for Vimana Franchise Systems on Jan. 2.

She is vice president of franchise services for the company, which owns the Centerstone Inns/Hotels/Plaza Hotels and Key West Inns/Hotels/Resorts brands. Steven Belmonte will continue to serve as Vimana CEO and Neal Jackson will remain president. More staffing announcements are expected in January.

“Amanda is the backbone of our operating structure, and she will continue to work with owners and general managers to ensure timely and effective support and communications going forward,” said Steven Belmonte, Amanda’s father-in-law. “Based on her stellar franchise support and administration performance, Amanda is ready to take on more responsibilities. We’re are excited about the future of this company under her leadership.”

Amanda Belmonte began her career with Vimana Franchise Systems in 2011. She was promoted to vice president of brand management in 2013.

“Amanda’s promotion is well deserved,” Jackson said. “While this is good news for us in the corporate office, it’s even greater news for our franchisees who she helps so selflessly day in and day out. Vimana’s future is in capable hands, and 2018 is shaping up to be a year of new growth and development.”

Amanda Belmonte said she owes much of her success to the expert tutelage of Steve Belmonte. “I’ve been fortunate to learn from the best. As a millennial, I’m looking forward to seeing how technology will help us grow as a franchise. In 2018, the industry can expect to see Vimana taking a bigger leap into the digital world, from both an advertising perspective and in how we connect with our guests.

“I’m excited to continue to provide a great alternative to the typical franchise with Vimana’s franchise-friendly brands. After its expansion in 2017, Vimana Franchise Systems is now poised for new growth in the coming year.”

The first property joining the Vimana system in 2018 will be the Centerstone Plaza Hotel Fountain Hills/North Scottsdale in Arizona. Vimana announced the conversion earlier this week.

Vimana plans more announcements in the first quarter of 2018.