Vista Host plays host to visitors from all over. The company operates some 25 mid-priced hotel properties in about a dozen states (mostly Southern) under such banners as Comfort Suites, Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn, and Fairfield Inn & Suites. Vista opens limited-service hotels in highly trafficked tourist areas and consistently wins customer service awards. The company, which prides itself on using the latest technological innovations, offers free wireless Internet access in most of its properties. Chairman and CEO Michael Harrell founded the Houston-based company in 1977.