On May 2, 2018, Choice Hotels International held their 64th Annual Convention where Mike Peterson, President of Persona, Inc., was recognized for his dedication and commitment to the Choice Hotels International community. Persona has been serving Choice since 1995, where Peterson has led the signage manufacturer to a leadership position. The award includes a $2500 donation made in Peterson’s name to the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown.
Choice Hotels International is one of the largest lodging companies in the world. The company franchises brands such as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban, Cambria Hotels, and Ascend Hotel Collection. The award recognizes individuals who exhibit those traits most valued in a genuinely good person. “Mike embodies all that is good with people, both professionally and personally,” said Rick Summa, Vice President, Procurement Services, Choice Hotels International. “Choice is lucky to have Persona, and Mike Peterson, as an integral part of its supplier community.”
Choice Hotels with input from Peterson and Persona selected the Boys and Girls Club of Watertown to receive the $2,500 donation. Liz Christianson, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Watertown expressed her appreciation of the gift, “The Boys & Girls Club of Watertown is grateful to be selected for this generous gift. We are so proud of the youth development services we provide, and this will help our organization continue to offer valuable skills in citizenship, academics and physical wellness which make a difference in the lives of our area youth. We appreciate Choice Hotel's investment and their partnership with Mr. Peterson to build successful kids with a promising future."
The generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations help groups such as The Boys & Girls Club provide quality programs, academic services, and safe environments where children can learn and grow. “The greatest part of this award is the ability to pay it forward with a group like the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown,” said Peterson. “Annually, they work with over 2500 youth, each of whom can make an impact on the future of this community.”