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BridgeStreet Worldwide Leads the Way in Corporate Housing Certification
New Professional Certification Sets the Highest Standards for Industry Professionals
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
HERNDON, VA, July 31, 2007 - BridgeStreet Worldwide is pleased to announce a record number of BridgeStreet associates have received certification in the first Corporate Housing Providers Association's (CHPA) certification program. Representing 15% of certificate holders, BridgeStreet leadership and the company's Premier Global Alliance Partners proudly retain the highest number of Certified Corporate Housing Professional (CCHP) members among the industry.

The recently created CCHP recognition reflects a dedication to setting the highest standards for professionals in the corporate housing industry and is awarded to those who successfully complete a certification examination. The two-hour, 100 question examination tests three areas of knowledge: operations, financial management and sales and marketing. Nationally recognized subject matter experts and psychometricians worked to ensure the exam's content and format were statistically accurate and valid.

The CHPA Education Committee, comprised of corporate housing professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure integrity of the program, oversees the CCHP program. BridgeStreet's Natalie Hickernell, Vice President of Human Resources, assisted in developing the certification program as a member of the CHPA Education Committee and the Certification Development Panel Subcommittee.

"We are proud that BridgeStreet and our Premier Global Alliance Partners are leading the industry with the number of certified associates on our team," said Lee Curtis, President and CEO of BridgeStreet Worldwide and current CHPA President. "Participating in this certification program is yet another way in which BridgeStreet clients can be assured we are holding true to our commitment of superior services and quality accommodations and our promise of making corporate housing easy. The CCHP recognition is an indication to our clients and guests that BridgeStreet associates and partners have the knowledge and expertise to meet their unique and diverse needs."

"BridgeStreet Worldwide continues to demonstrate its dedication to the continuous improvement of the corporate housing industry with its participation in the CHPA certification process and gaining CCHP recognition," said Mary Ann Passi, Executive Director of CHPA. "BridgeStreet is committed to providing the resources of its senior management for the betterment of the industry and has been a member of the trade association since its inception."

BridgeStreet Worldwide is a leading international provider of corporate housing. BridgeStreet and its Global Partner Alliance offer over 15,000 corporate apartments located throughout the United States and 50 cities internationally. An award winner both in the U.S. and Europe, BridgeStreet properties meet uncompromising standards of quality, comfort and service. For more information about the company or to learn more about how BridgeStreet is Making Corporate Housing Easy, visit or call 1-800-BSTREET.