McKibbon Hospitality promotes Erik Rowen to president of development

The AC Hotel by Marriott Charlotte (N.C.) City Center, a property McKibbon Hospitality is developing. Photo credit: Marriott International

McKibbon Hospitality promoted Erik Rowen to president of development and renovation services. In his new role, Rowen will be responsible for McKibbon Hospitality’s development and renovation services divisions and will focus on third-party development opportunities.

Erik Rowen. Photo credit: McKibbon Hospitality

A registered architect who joined McKibbon Hospitality in 2003 as a project manager, Rowen most recently served as VP of development at the company.

Under Rowen’s leadership, McKibbon’s development and renovation services teams will be more closely aligned, allowing the company to better leverage resources, relationships and scale to provide value for customers. His teams will also be positioned to pursue new third-party development opportunities by building on decades of experience and industry relationships with contractors, vendors and franchisers.


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“Erik has played a critical role in McKibbon Hospitality’s growth and success over the years,” John McKibbon, chairman of McKibbon Hospitality, said in a statement. “Under his leadership, our teams have overcome complex site challenges and implemented the kind of design innovations that hotel guests, business partners, and investors seek. We look forward to Erik continuing to help us grow our portfolio through the continued pursuit of strategic development and renovation opportunities.”

During his career with McKibbon, Rowen supported the development of more than 30 projects. He has been recognized for developing award-winning hotels in Little Rock, Ark.; Greenville, S.C.; and Pensacola, Tallahassee and Tampa, Fla. Over the course of his career, Rowen supported the successful development of half a billion dollars in developed projects. He earned his bachelor of architecture from Syracuse University and an MBA with a concentration in real estate from Georgia State University. Rowen is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the past president of the Association of Real Estate Alumni at Georgia State University.

McKibbon Hospitality is currently developing the AC Hotel and Residence Inn Charlotte (N.C.) City Center; Hotel Arras and the Arras Residences in Asheville, N.C.; and the Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Buckhead.

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