WaterWalk Hotel Apartments, Jack DeBoer’s fifth national brand, has hired Michael Marquez as Senior Vice President, Franchise Development. In this role, Marquez is responsible for securing franchisees for the brand, mainly existing hotel and multifamily owners and developers, family offices, and other real estate developers.
“What makes WaterWalk an enticing investment for franchisees is the existing real estate portfolio that we offer,” said Marquez. “WaterWalk has already done the difficult work of site selection, entitlements, and land acquisition so properties are in development when the dotted line is signed to transfer the real estate. There are some impressive partnerships that we will be announcing in the next few weeks and I’m happy to be joining Jack DeBoer’s latest mold-breaking hotel concept.”
Marquez will be located in Denver. Most recently, Marquez was Regional Vice President at Choice Hotels International, where he was responsible for managing, recruiting, and training directors of franchise sales and completing franchise agreements, among other duties. He has also held positions at Candlewood Hotel Company and Hospitality Franchise Systems.
“Michael has had a long career with franchised hotels and is an excellent asset for our team,” said David Redfern, president at WaterWalk. “He has worked side-by-side with Jack DeBoer previously at Candlewood and knows how to get deals done. We have approximately 20 different deals currently in various stages of development and 2016 should be an active year with new construction starts.”
WaterWalk’s hybrid hotel and apartment model combines the traditional hotel services into a gated, purpose-built community, and offers a bevy of upscale amenities and features, such as all-inclusive pricing, full-sized appliances in a modern kitchen, high-speed Internet, DirecTV with premium channels and DVR, housekeeping, fitness memberships, a communal bicycle program, local transportation, and free, customized breakfast.
Potential franchisees seeking additional information on the brand can contact Marquez at 303-819-3032 or at MichaelM@waterwalk.com.
Headquartered in Wichita, WaterWalk Hotel Apartments combines the most appealing features of an upscale extended-stay hotel with the lifestyle of apartment living. Guests may choose to stay a day, a week, a month, a year, or longer with an all-inclusive bill for utilities, TV, internet, phone, and concierge services. For the full-service Gold package, housekeeping, fully-furnished apartments, and breakfast are also provided. WaterWalk Apartments is the fifth national brand started by Jack DeBoer, founder of Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, Candlewood Suites, and Value Place.
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