Atlanta-based Hotel Equities held a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration for the Residence Inn by Marriott Lake Charles in Louisiana. Hotel Equities is the management company for the hotel, which is owned by Lake Charles-based BDK Associates. Brandon Heidkamp serves as the GM of the hotel, and with Melissa Nash is its director of sales.
The 96-room hotel is located at 1601 West Prient Lake Road in Lake Charles, La., directly beside the SpringHill Suites by Marriott which is also managed by Hotel Equities and owned by BDK Associates.
“We are excited to add the Residence Inn, another premium Marriott brand hotel, to the dynamic, growing Lake Charles market with its mix of businesses, events and attractions that continue to draw guests year-round,” said Joe Reardon, SVP of marketing and business Development for Hotel Equities, in a statement. “We are very pleased to continue our strategic partnership with the Biagas family in building and operating another successful hotel.”
Dignitaries present at the event included Herbert (Bert) V. Kelley, owner; Mark L. Biagas, owner; dr. Alvin Schexnider, owner; Jack Ezzell, owner; William (Bill) Grace, owner; Randy J. Biagas, owner; Brandon Heidkamp. General Manager; Evette B. Gradney, owner; and John F. Biagas, owner and managing member of BDK Associates. Elizabeth Derby, VP of talent and performance excellence, and Drew Salapka, VP of sales and revenue generation, represented Hotel Equities.