ADA — With only two years in the hotel business under its belt, Chickasaw Enterprises Inc. has been named the 2006 Franchisee of the Year by the U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. .  The organization, which operates two Microtel hotels in Davis and Thackerville, was recognized nationally as a top hotel operator during April 3 award ceremonies in Atlanta.

In addition to the franchisee award, Chickasaw Enterprises also brought home a Quality Assurance Award which is granted only to those facilities that score above 90 percent in the mystery shopper evaluation and the operations audit.

In a special category, Davis native Otis “Bo” Saunders received the Guest Services Hero Award. Saunders, the doorman and greeter at the Davis Microtel, is well-known among co-workers, guests and Davis-area residents for his excellent service and community involvement.

Thackerville front desk manager Kevin Kite was one of three finalists for the Guest Services Hero Award.

“We are so proud of our co-workers at our Microtels who have made our operations such a fantastic success,” said David Littlefield, hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities operations manager for Chickasaw Enterprises. 

“Everything we achieve is based on the efforts of the great people who serve our guests so well. Our Hospitality Personality has been the heartbeat of customer service for our properties and one of the contributing factors to the success of these hotels.”

Chickasaw Enterprises was chosen for the special awards from among 278 Microtel operations across the U.S. and the world.  The Davis Microtel opened in October 2004, and the Thackerville Microtel opened in May 2005.