Stephen P. Joyce
Stephen P. Joyce
President and Chief Executive Officer Choice Hotels International, Inc. Chairman, Franchisor Forum
Stephen P. Joyce leads Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world’s largest hotel franchisors. With a career in the lodging industry spanning more than 26 years, Joyce has a proven track record of developing and growing some of the best-known hotel brands worldwide. Formerly, he was president and chief operating officer of Choice Hotels International. Prior to joining Choice Hotels, Joyce served as executive vice president, global development/owner and franchise services for Marriott International, Inc., where he was responsible for the development of Marriott’s lodging brands worldwide. In addition, he oversaw the company’s owner and franchise services group, which supports both franchisees and owners of the brand’s managed hotels. During his career with Marriott, Joyce contributed to the company’s growth in a variety of areas—holding positions of increasing responsibility in development, franchising, finance and operational consulting. Under his leadership at Marriott, its global development group successfully grew the company’s hotel brands worldwide including all mixed-use and real estate development. At the time of his departure from the company, its strong pipeline of hotels under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development was approximately 115,000 rooms. Of those, more than 36,000 were full-service hotel rooms and over half were located outside the United States. Joyce is an active member of the lodging industry and his local community. He serves on the board of directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Autism Learning Center and is vice chairman for the ServiceSource Foundation. Joyce holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the Univ. of Virginia and has done graduate work at Cornell University, Wharton Business School and Aspen Institute.