Janis Cannon, Choice Hotels International

Janis Cannon, SVP of Upscale Brands, Choice Hotels International

Janis Cannon joined Choice Hotels International in April 2016 after serving as VP and global brand leader for InterContinental Hotels Group’s upscale brand portfolio. At Choice, she now oversees the company’s Ascend and Cambria brands. “I’m somebody that’s never satisfied with the status quo,” she said. “For me, the gift and the opportunity is really in the ability to create things that are new and different.” Cannon seeks growth opportunities in people, Choice’s brands and in the overall business, examining growing markets and determining what product will attract the right customers. “And our customers are both our franchisees or owner-operators as well as the guests that stay in our hotels,” she said. “Where do we find who will be the right owner or investor to partner with us on building a hotel or placing a hotel in that market? And then with our existing properties and our existing assets, how do we help them leverage what we have available to them and so can make their business stronger?” When Choice opens a hotel, Cannon said, the company isn’t just taking care of its guests but taking care of the property’s employees—“people that might not have had the opportunity to have a job and have a safe environment to work in, in a place where they can progress. And so that to me probably drives me more than anything else.”

Janis Cannon, Choice Hotels International

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