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September 4, 2019 iR orter Page 5C By Diane Glidewell Since Forsyth's Comfort Inn & Suites provides its guests fresh waffles for breakfast daily, Navid Ka- padia decided that a good way to celebrate National Waffle Day (Aug. 24) would be to invite leaders from Forsyth and Monroe County to enjoy a waffle breakfast with him at the hotel. Navid has been a part of the team that manages Comfort Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn and LaQuinta for about three years, but his family has owned hotels in Forsyth since 1998. The Kapadia family has not only worked hard to offer travelers comfort- able accommodations that are a successful business and an asset to the area, it has also reached out to develop a partnership with Forsyth and Monroe County. Navid said he sees that partnership as role of fostering commu- nication and cooperation between the hotels and the community. He has accepted an appointment to fill his uncle, Faysal Kapadia's, unexpired term on Forsyth's Convention & Visitors Bureau Authority through Dec. 31, 2020. His uncle resigned from the Authority as his busi- ness responsibilities took him away from Forsyth more frequently. The three hotels Navid manages provide 180 rooms for guests. He said the impression the town and local businesses make on guests who stay in those rooms is a big part of what keeps them coming back and rec- ommending the hotels to others. The CVBA provides maps and bro- chures that point guests to restaurants, shopping, churches and attractions nearby. "They see there is more Hotelier Navid Kapadia and Kerri Swearingen, chair of Forsyth's CVB board, talk at Comfort Inn & Suites Waffle Day Appreciation Breakfast. an advantage to everyone here than what they and has stepped into a think. Many say, 'It's such Navid Kapadia, center, stands with two members of the team that help make Comfort Inn & Suites successful, Courtney Sinclair and Brannon Davenport. a nice town" said Navid. within the franchise. He at things from different Some of the partners said he is proud to beangles and to try differ- he wished to thank on associated with Choiceent ways of approaching a National Waffle Day Hotels because it is "one situation. He said he also included the city and of the most up and com- learned never to give up county governments, ing, one of the leaders and to keep trying differ- Forsyth-Monroe County in the hotel industry:' ent things. Chamber of Commerce, Navid said his efforts to Brannon Davenport, Forsyth Main Street, local make his hotels the best who works the desk at (especially downtown) and give his guests the Comfort Suites said he businesses and the CVBA. best experience is in line enjoys interacting with "We don't tend to thank with what his uncles have the guests at the hotel. our partners as much as taught him. He can often see a differ- we thank ourselves and "My family takes a lotence between when they our guests," he said. of pride in what we doarrive in the evening and Navid, who is 34 and and how we do it. Thatwhen he greets them in grew up in Fayette Coun- includes how involved we the morning after a night ty, had his hard work and are with the communityof rest. He had chatted entrepreneurship rec- and with our employees" with guests from New ognized earlier this year said Navid. "It is im-Zealand that morning. He by Choice Hotels, which portant they grow as we often sees repeat guests; has approximately 7,000 grow. It goes very far. That one man stays at Comfort franchises nationwide, is the way my family has Suites every week in con- He was named Choice always gone about doing nection with his business Hotels Rising Star at the business:' travels. national convention after Before coming to work Brannon said the staff being nominated by the at the hotels in Forsyth, does its best to make regional representative. Navid worked for several guests comfortable and Navid said the award years in fast food andis pleased to see them is given to someone that customer service indus- return. He said people re- Choice Hotels sees as tries. He said his experi- ally like the CVBA maps having potential to grow ences taught him to look because it gives them an opportunity to explore Forsyth while unplug- ging from the GPS that is directing much of their travel. "Working for Navid is awesome; I've learned a lot of things from him," said Brannon. "He's laid back, but if something needs done, he's on top of it" Courtney Sinclair also works the desk at Com- fort Suites. She likes the opportunity of meeting people from "everywhere" every day on her job. She also feels good about helping the people who come to the hotel as tired travelers. She said there are a lot of things to do in Forsyth that she can share with guests, and she likes to hear them tell her she helped them have a good experience. Navid said he is work- ing with Forsyth and local businesses to put together packages for travelers, maybe even something that would entice those living in Atlanta to get away to Forsyth for a break of a day or two. He said his next professional goal is for his hotel to receive the Gold Award from Choice Hotels. It is given to top hotels on the merits of their overall performance as reflected in inspections, reviews and other evaluation tools. "It takes an entire team to do that" he said. His three hotels employ about 40 to 50 people. "The idea of family is very important to me. I feel close to Forsyth because it embodies the idea of extended family:' MONROE IN Stephen Chase Gramling namedtothe President's Honor the President's List had a grade berry; from Macon: Presi- Haleigh Apple, Summer of Forsyth been named to Roll. Students enrolled in associ- point average of at least 3.8. The dent's List: Merry CaroleLogan Beattie-Moore, the President s Honor Roll at the ate degree programs who met the Dean's List includes students Bridgeman, Taylor R. Alexeya DeNae Haywood, University of North Geor- same level of achievement were who had at least a 3.5 grade point Kelley, Bailey Kibsgaard,Jada Marie Lowe, Mitva gia for achieving a 4.0 grade named to the President s List. average. Students must take a Andrew Alexander Kim, Ashokkumar Patel, Sydney point average during summer certain number of credit hours Jannie Rene Kim, BrittneyMichelle Ray, Constance 2019. Students enrolled in 12 or Middle Georgia State to qualify. From Jackson: Presi- Nichole Mansfield, Ryota Ellen Sermons, Kalkidan more credit hours in bachelor s University announces the sum- dent's List: Adrianna J.Taylor, Tsutsumi, Alyssa Madi- M Woldetsadlk degree programs who achieved mer semester 2019 President s Samuel Everett Williams, son Ward, Dean's List: a 4.0 grade point average were List and Dean's List. Students on Dean's List: Tiera Dew- Theophflus Amporful, !~I~!!!Y!~!~ !~}i ~i!i!i To advertise at DELICIOUS ;v EXICAN MENU Great variety of dishes to ohoose from! We Serve all your favorite beverages too! 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