The WaterWalk Team

WaterWalk is led by the nation’s most experienced hotel and apartment development team in the industry.

Jack DeBoer (1931-2021)
Jack DeBoer’s career started in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he began selling real estate during the summer months while in high school. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in business in 1952, and following two years as a military police officer during the Korean War, he teamed up with his father to build homes in southern Michigan. By 1966, he was building apartments. By 1973, his company had built more than 16,000 apartments in 30 cities across 25 states. National Real Estate Investor magazine recognized Jack as the “second-largest multi-family developer in the United States.” But it is the concept of the “extended-stay hotel” and the creation of three iconic hotel brands that is Jack’s biggest contribution to the hospitality industry.

Jack DeBoer (1931-2021)

Founder
Jack DeBoer’s career started in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he began selling real estate during the summer months while in high school. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in business in 1952, and following two years as a military police officer during the Korean War, he teamed up with his father to build homes in southern Michigan. By 1966, he was building apartments. By 1973, his company had built more than 16,000 apartments in 30 cities across 25 states. National Real Estate Investor magazine recognized Jack as the “second-largest multi-family developer in the United States.” But it is the concept of the “extended-stay hotel” and the creation of three iconic hotel brands that is Jack’s biggest contribution to the hospitality industry.

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Mimi Oliver
Mimi Oliver serves as Chief Executive Officer for WaterWalk Management. Mimi is responsible for overseeing the operations and management of WaterWalk, as well as providing strategic direction, facilitating company growth, and sourcing / managing investments (including WaterWalk properties) within the DeBoer family’s primary holding company (CHI). Mimi joined the team in 2016 and has worked in most business units of WaterWalk including Market Research and Business Analytics, Operations, Sales, Pre-Opening and Opening, Real Estate Development (including site selection and acquisition as well as entitlement), and Franchisee/Investor Sales and Relations to gain a holistic perspective of the company.
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Mimi Oliver

Chief Executive Officer
Mimi Oliver serves as Chief Executive Officer for WaterWalk Management. Mimi is responsible for overseeing the operations and management of WaterWalk, as well as providing strategic direction, facilitating company growth, and sourcing / managing investments (including WaterWalk properties) within the DeBoer family’s primary holding company (CHI). Mimi joined the team in 2016 and has worked in most business units of WaterWalk including Market Research and Business Analytics, Operations, Sales, Pre-Opening and Opening, Real Estate Development (including site selection and acquisition as well as entitlement), and Franchisee/Investor Sales and Relations to gain a holistic perspective of the company.

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Jim Korroch
Jim Korroch serves as President for WaterWalk Management. He is a well-respected 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry. In 1995, Jim co-created Candlewood Suites with Jack DeBoer, later serving as the principal of AG Holdings, LLC, a hotel ownership, development and management company. His hotel holdings included Marriott brands - Residence Inn, Courtyard, Fairfield, Springhill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Aloft and IHG assets.

Jim Korroch

President
Jim Korroch serves as President for WaterWalk Management. He is a well-respected 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry. In 1995, Jim co-created Candlewood Suites with Jack DeBoer, later serving as the principal of AG Holdings, LLC, a hotel ownership, development and management company. His hotel holdings included Marriott brands - Residence Inn, Courtyard, Fairfield, Springhill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Aloft and IHG assets.

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Jim Mrha
Jim Mrha serves as the chief operating officer / chief financial officer for WaterWalk. Mrha joined the WaterWalk team with more than 35 years of experience with hotel brands including Marriott International where he served as the chief financial officer of the Western region, MGM Resorts where he served as the chief financial officer and Hilton International where he served as vice president of finance for the Americas.

Jim Mrha

Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer
Jim Mrha serves as the chief operating officer / chief financial officer for WaterWalk. Mrha joined the WaterWalk team with more than 35 years of experience with hotel brands including Marriott International where he served as the chief financial officer of the Western region, MGM Resorts where he served as the chief financial officer and Hilton International where he served as vice president of finance for the Americas.

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Jim Strawn
Jim Strawn serves as Executive Vice President of Real Estate Development for WaterWalk Management. Jim joined the WaterWalk team in 2017. Prior to WaterWalk, Jim served as the President of Construction and Development at WoodSpring Suites, where he consistently provided positive leadership and direction. Prior to WoodSpring Suites, Jim was the Chief Operating Officer at a top national construction firm, Key Construction. Jim graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management.
Jim Strawn

Jim Strawn

Executive Vice President of Real Estate Development
Jim Strawn serves as Executive Vice President of Real Estate Development for WaterWalk Management. Jim joined the WaterWalk team in 2017. Prior to WaterWalk, Jim served as the President of Construction and Development at WoodSpring Suites, where he consistently provided positive leadership and direction. Prior to WoodSpring Suites, Jim was the Chief Operating Officer at a top national construction firm, Key Construction. Jim graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management.

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Michael Fruin
Michael Fruin serves as the senior vice president of franchise development for WaterWalk. Fruin joined the WaterWalk team in 2021. He brings more than 35 years of experience in all facets of the industry – from operations and sales to development and franchising.

Michael Fruin

Senior Vice President of Franchise Development
Michael Fruin serves as the senior vice president of franchise development for WaterWalk. Fruin joined the WaterWalk team in 2021. He brings more than 35 years of experience in all facets of the industry – from operations and sales to development and franchising.

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