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Hotel developer to present Shugart Lecture

Monday, March 22, 2010

Jack DeBoer

Jack DeBoers

Jack DeBoer, who developed the all-suite hotel concept, will present the 36th Annual Grace M. Shugart Lecture at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 8, in Forum Hall on the K-State campus.

DeBoer, chairman of Consolidated Holdings designed and developed the Residence Inn all-suite hotel concept. He built 100 hotels in the chain before selling it to Marriott in 1987.

In 1988, DeBoer co-founded the Summerfield Hotel Corporation, a second-generation upscale all-suite hotel chain that has, to date, developed 30 hotels. In 1995, he founded Candlewood Hotel Company, Inc. and was chairman and CEO of the all suite hotel chain until its purchase by Intercontinental Hotels Group in December 2003.

In 1992, he was given the highest recognition by the Wichita Chamber of Commerce, "The Uncommon Citizen" award, and in 1997 was inducted into the Wichita Business Hall of Fame. In 1999, Jack was included in The National Registry of Who's Who. In January 2001, he received UCLA's Hotel Industry Lifetime Achievement Award.

The speaker began his career selling real estate during the summers while in high school in Kalamazoo, MI. Following two years as a military police officer during the Korean War, he teamed up with his father to build homes in southern Michigan.

In 1966, he began building apartments and by 1973, his company had built more than 16,000 apartments in 30 cities across 25 states.

National Real Estate Investor recognized DeBoer as the "second-largest multi-family developer in the United States." He also planned and assembled the property for a 4,000 acre planned unit development on the northeast side of Wichita called Comotara.

This article was posted on Monday, March 22, 2010, and is filed under Hospitality Management.