President, WaterWalk Real Estate & Franchise Development
David Redfern serves as President of WaterWalk’s Real Estate Development and Franchising Groups. Prior to joining WaterWalk, David served as the President of Value Place Development and Management Services Companies. David was part of the team of executives who developed the Value Place brand from its inception.
Prior to Value Place, David was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Candlewood Hotel Company. Redfern helped the company grow from one Candlewood Suites in 1996 to 125 hotels in 2003. At Candlewood, Redfern was responsible for hotel revenues, local and national sales, sales management, revenue channels, brand marketing, site feasibility, and sales training.
Before Candlewood, Redfern was National Sales Director for the Summerfield Suites hotel chain, where he started his career as director of sales in 1990 as the first hotels were launched. He also served as a sales manager for the Residence Inn by Marriott for the LaJolla, California market from 1988 to 1990.
He has also been extensively involved with the nonprofit sector in his community as a Board Member for Habitat for Humanity, YMCA and several other organizations. In addition, David is a current board member of the DeBoer Foundation, Inc.
David holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, and Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Kansas. He also graduated as a Linder C. Hobbs Entrepreneur Fellow at the University of California-Irvine MBA program. David and his wife, Jing, have three children.