New director of midscale development joins Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group appointed Mark Sutton as director of midscale development for the Northeast U.S. Sutton is based in Philadelphia and will report to Fred Schwartz, SVP, midscale development, Americas.

Mark Sutton

“Mark is an industry veteran with decades of experience that spans across franchised brands,” Schwartz said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome Mark to our team to spearhead the growth of Country Inns & Suites in the Northeast.”

Most recently, Sutton was VP of business development at Ten-X Commercial, an online commercial real estate marketplace. Prior to that, Sutton held director positions with Red Roof Inns, Choice Hotels and Cendant/HFS (Wyndham). 

Sutton is joining the Carlson Rezidor Americas development team as they come off a strong year having added 65 new properties to its development pipeline. He will be focused on growing the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson brand, which is designed to have a flexible concept for new builds or conversions, and adapts to both urban and suburban locations with economical building and operating costs.

In addition, Sutton will be working to identify opportunities for Radisson RED, Carlson Rezidor’s newest brand. RED is a select service concept with a focus on design and detail, the customer experience and recognition of the increasingly important role that technology plays in everyday life. Radisson RED offers developers and property owners a lower per-key cost than a traditional upscale hotel, through a multi-functional approach and more efficient space planning, which was designed to reduce construction and operating costs while driving higher margins.