Bill DeWitt joined Hospitality Management as VP of operations, overseeing the company’s Best Western Plus, Best Western and Econo Lodge properties in Kansas and Oklahoma. DeWitt, who holds both CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator) and CHIA (Certified Hotel Industry Analytics) designations, will oversee staff training, sales and revenue management and general day-to-day operations.
DeWitt joins the firm from Best Western International, where he was a regional services manager overseeing 50 Best Western-branded upper- and mid-scale properties in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management, he brings more than 30 years of national-brand hospitality management experience to the job. Throughout his career he has held corporate positions for sales, marketing and quality assurance with Intercontinental Hotels Group, Marriott Hotels and Red Lion Hotels.
“During his years as a Regional Services Manager for Best Western International, I had the chance to work with Bill,” said Steve Martens, president of The Martens Companies and its wholly owned subsidiary, Hospitality Management. “I was always impressed by his extraordinary commitment to service quality. I wanted him on my team as we expand our property portfolio, both as owner-operators and as property managers for other franchisees.”
DeWitt says the opportunity to work with Martens was a major factor in making the switch from corporate operations to franchisee.
“Steve has a tremendous track record of developing and managing award-winning properties with high RevPAR,” DeWitt said. “It seems like a perfect match to combine his real estate deal-making ability with my operations background. I’m excited about the opportunity to move away from the corporate world and into the world of franchise ownership and management.”
Hospitality Management operates the Best Western and Econo Lodge hotels in Blackwell, Okla., as well as the Best Western Plus in Arkansas City, Kan. This fall, the company broke ground on its latest venture, the Best Western Plus Norman Inn in Norman, Okla., which is expected to open in fall 2016.
Each of Hospitality Management’s currently open properties has won accolades from their respective hotel brands.
The Econo Lodge recently received the Choice Hotels 2015 Platinum Hospitality Award – one of only 34 hotels among the chain’s 6,300 properties worldwide to be so honored. Additionally, the Best Western Blackwell Inn received Best Western International’s 2015 M.K. Guertin Award, named for the company’s founder and its most prestigious honor for service, quality, value and commitment. This award is given to the Top 34 hotels in a brand with a membership of over 4000 properties.
Hospitality Management is one of five operating divisions of The Martens Companies, founded in 1948 in Wichita, Kan. Other divisions include NAI Martens, the state’s largest full-service commercial real estate firm; Martens Appraisal; Huffman Corridor Consulting and Receivership Services Corporation.