WaterWalk appoints Michael Marquez as SVP, franchise development

WaterWalk Hotel Apartments has hired Michael Marquez as SVP, franchise development. In this role, Marquez is responsible for securing franchisees for the brand, mainly existing hotel and multifamily owners and developers, family offices and other real estate developers.

Marquez will be located in Denver. Most recently, Marquez was regional VP at Choice Hotels International, where he was responsible for managing, recruiting, and training directors of franchise sales and completing franchise agreements, among other duties. He has also held positions at Candlewood Hotel Company and Hospitality Franchise Systems.

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“Michael has had a long career with franchised hotels and is an excellent asset for our team,” said David Redfern, president at WaterWalk. “He has worked side-by-side with Jack DeBoer previously at Candlewood and knows how to get deals done. We have approximately 20 different deals currently in various stages of development and 2016 should be an active year with new construction starts.”

WaterWalk’s hybrid hotel and apartment model combines the traditional hotel services into a gated, purpose-built community, and offers a bevy of upscale amenities and features, such as all-inclusive pricing, full-sized appliances in a modern kitchen, high-speed Internet, DirecTV with premium channels and DVR, housekeeping, fitness memberships, a communal bicycle program, local transportation, and free, customized breakfast.

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