Satpal and Pinder Sohal, owners of the La Quinta Inn & Suites locations in Olympia and Auburn, were recognized by the nationwide lodging chain as the 2016 Franchisee of the Year.

The couple was recognized for “their leadership and operating excellence as their hotels are consistently ranked top among the company’s system of more than 885 hotels.” The Sohals, who became franchisees in 2011, have plans to build a third La Quinta hotel.

“Our ability to attract and retain experienced franchise partners who share our commitment to the La Quinta brand is the ultimate measure of success for our franchising program,” said Rajiv Trivedi, executive vice president and chief development officer for La Quinta. 

“The Sohals’ success is directly related to making people their number one priority and delivering an outstanding guest experience.  They are great advocates of the La Quinta brand and operate their hotels at a high level.”