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PHC General Manager Takes Top Global Prize

ANDERSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Joe Freyer’s going to run out of room in his office with all of his new awards, most notably his biggest prize yet: General Manager of the Year for Country Inn & Suites By Carlson.

In presenting the award that recognizes its top manager among its 470 hotels worldwide, Carlson said: “Mr. Freyer provides his employees with outstanding leadership, his guests with superior service and consistently delivers exceptional results to his hotel.”

Those results are based on several factors, including: a significant increase in room revenue over the previous year; outstanding overall guest satisfaction; and a No. 1 ranking on TripAdvisor in the market, according to Mitesh Patel, executive vice president of Paragon Hotel Company. PHC operates the hotel, which is located in PHC’s hometown in South Carolina’s Upstate.

Freyer’s best-manager prize isn’t the only award that his Country Inn & Suites By Carlson has received. His hotel took three other prestigious honors, too, including: TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award; the Be Our Guest Award; and Carlson’s 2013 President’s Award. The latter award goes to hotels with top scores in guest satisfaction, with scoring measured with customer feedback on cleanliness and on the hotel’s consistent ability to meet – and often exceed – Carlson’s quality standards.

“It’s all a bit overwhelming,” Freyer says of the awards that have piled up for him and his hotel. “We owe so much to our hard-working associates, not just here at the hotel, but also at Paragon, our parent company where teamwork, creativity and collaboration are just part of the day. More than that, though, we owe everything to our guests – they’re the people we really work for!”

“We’re really proud of Joe,” Patel says. “His dedication to the hotel and to his staff and his commitment to guest satisfaction make us all look good – and when you consider that this award recognizes the No. 1 general manager in all of these hotels all over the world, that’s incredible.” For more information about Paragon Hotel Company, visit

About Paragon Hotel Company

Founded in 1995, PHC is a hospitality real estate management and development company based in Anderson, SC. The company’s vision, “constantly challenging the status quo,” complements its mission to acquire, develop and manage a portfolio of unique properties and lifestyle experiences for the enjoyment of our guests, while delivering exceptional financial results to investors and positively impacting the surrounding communities. The company’s portfolio of more than 2,100 rooms in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee includes hotels within Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental, Best Western, Choice, Carlson Hotels Worldwide and Wyndham Worldwide franchises.