Choice Hotels is a leading hotel franchisor with more than 5,500 locations in the US and about 40 other countries. Its flagship brands include Comfort Inn, one of the largest limited-service brands with about 2,400 properties; and Quality Inn, which serves the midscale hotel segment through more than 1,200 locations. Its Econo Lodge chain offers lodging primarily for budget-minded travelers. Other brands include the full-service Clarion chain, Rodeway Inn budget hotels, and Sleep Inn. Chairman Stewart Bainum and his family own nearly 50% of the company.