As Vantage Hospitality Group enters into a new era after its recent acquisiiton of the America’s Best Franchising brands, it has hired Mark Williams to serve as a new group president and lead Vantage’s midscale to upscale brands.
“Mark has an exceptional record of development and understands how to help our members realize substantial ROI through revenue management, distribution, sales, marketing and continued education,” said Roger Bloss, founder, president and CEO of Vantage. “Vantage has always had the highest ratio of corporate service team support to members in the industry, and, with the addition of over 200 properties, we’ll be adding many new people and programs in coordination with Mark and the rest of the Vantage leadership team.”
Most recently, Williams was the director of business development for G6 Hospitality, where he was responsible for the development in major markets of the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands. Before that, he served 12 years as the VP of North American development for Best Western International, where he oversaw brand development in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands.
Williams and Bloss worked together in development in the early ‘90’s at Knights Inn. “Roger and I go way back,” said Williams. “We’ve always enjoyed working together. He and I are on the same page when it comes to franchising and understanding the need to put the decision-making power back into the hands of hotel owners. I knew way back then that he was going to shake up the lodging industry. So when he called me and told me about the acquisition and his plans – I couldn’t wait to be a part of it.”
Williams will lead Vantage’s midscale to upscale brands, which include Lexington Inns, Lexington Hotels, Lexington Legacy, Jameson Inns & Suites, and 3 Palms Hotels & Resorts. He will be based out of Vantage’s global headquarters in Coral Springs, Fla., and can be reached at [email protected].