President, WaterWalk International
Jon is a 30-year veteran of the long term lodging industry with experience in both large corporate environments as well as with small entrepreneurial groups. He started with Residence Inn in the mid-80’s as manager of segment marketing and then moved to Washington DC after the Marriott acquisition. With Marriott, Jon held several positions, including Director of Marketing Programs and Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. He was also a general manager of hotels in Herndon, VA, Bethesda MD, and Boca Raton, FL.
Recruited away by a Residence Inn franchisee, Jon joined Twelve Oaks Corporate Housing as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing where he developed a network of over 600 corporate apartments in the greater Chicago area.
Missing the Wichita lifestyle, Jon moved back to Wichita to join Summerfield Suites in 1995 as the Director of Marketing and went on to manage the call center, revenue management team, customer feedback and planning as the Vice President of Planning, Analysis and Distribution. After the sale of Summerfield Suites to Wyndham, Jon was a founding partner of TrendFX Solutions, a technology company serving the extended stay lodging market. TrendFX’s clients included Candlewood Suites, Wyndham, StayBridge Suites and Value Place.
In 2003, Jon joined BridgeStreet Hospitality, the second largest worldwide corporate housing provider. During his tenure at BridgeStreet Jon held roles of SVP Sales and Marketing, Managing Director of the Americas, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Revenue Officer. While at BridgeStreet, Jon was an active Board Member of the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA)
In 2011, as Extended Stay America was emerging from bankruptcy, Jon was recruited to drive the direct sales revenue channel. Over the next three years, Jon restructured the sales organization to deliver over $500 million and a 42% system contribution.
In 2014, hearing Wichita call once again, Jon rejoined Jack DeBoer and David Redfern to launch WaterWalk Hotel Apartments
Jon graduated from RIT with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and then earned his MBA from Michigan State University. He lives in Wichita, KS with his wife Kristin. Jon and Kristin have three children