Job Description


Based out of White Lodging’s headquarters in Merrillville, IN, this position plays a key role in executing the company’s strategic growth plan and will report directly to the Investments & Development division’s CEO. The successful candidate will facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and require an ability to lead the pre-development/development process including but not limited to: identifying sub-markets that meet/exceed strategic growth requirements, underwriting and related market/project feasibility, brand selection, site acquisition/entitlements, and working in conjunction with other team members to bring committed development projects to fruition on time and on budget.


* Execute development and pre-construction activities with particular focus on achieving committed construction commencement dates.-Secure and coordinate (with consultants and WLS PM team) local zoning entitlements/approvals-Prepare financial operating projections/investment analysis for internally owned projects-Franchise and site approvals-Establish working development budgets; work with PM/Purchasing team toward securing owner approved development budget
* Lead and coordinate site selection/project due diligence process-In conjunction with in-house and/or 3rd party counsel, facilitate execution and compliance of all purchase agreements-Serve as liaison between PM department and legal to ensure time-bound contractual requirements are achieved-Soils-Environmental (standardize)-Survey/Title-Site Plan (must work for ownership, local jurisdiction, and franchisor)
* Maintain broad market operating knowledge and trends and work with team members to execute annual strategic growth plan -Identify data driven market and site opportunities and facilitate due diligence, purchasing and entitlements of same
* Establish networking and relationship building with key franchisor development contacts, investor partners, brokers, and hotel consultant/appraisers. Attend periodic industry functions/conferences as appropriate.
* Establish and maintain constructive working relationships with partner and team leaders
* Coordinate and establish owner meeting agendas in conjunction with CEO and other team members
* Provide support to CFO and VP Financial Management for lender-required project packages (proformas, market data, maps, underwriting assistance) and market studies/appraisals
* Coordinate completion of periodic hotel RFP’s for public/private hotel projects
* Work, in conjunction with legal counsel to submit and execute franchise and management agreements
* Provide periodic miscellaneous analysis/recommendations relating to value enhancement opportunities for internally owned assets-Work with Hospitality Management Division’s Asset Management team to implement revenue and expense optimization initiatives and ROI driven capital investments -Provide Ownership/Operations communications as appropriate-Obtain Pre-opening, operating, and CAPEX budges/unbudgeted approvals-Administration of CAM’s, licenses, leases-Collect and direct ongoing measurement/benchmarking of costs/returns and various others

Other Information

An integral member of the Investment & Development team, the candidate must be a mature, experienced leader that is considered a detail-oriented person who can tackle numerous projects simultaneously. A strategic thinker who is able to establish credibility and lead various team members toward a common goal. Ability to work collaboratively with ownership, partners, franchisors, consultants and other team members of varying levels is a clear requirement.Ability to solve problems, exercise solid judgement and discretion and maintain a keen understanding of the overall development process required to bring proposed projects from "paper" to operational.

* The candidate must have an undergraduate degree and a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience in addition to extensive knowledge and experience of the broader real estate, development and hospitality industry.
* Ability to travel up to 50% of the time is required
* Knowledge of market, feasibility, underwriting and financial analysis
* Possess excellent communication skills; both oral and written
* Maintain compliance requirements with each development project asset including, but not limited to, zoning matters, permits, entitlements,
* Self-motivated, well organized results driven professional who leads by example

Location Code: A75

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Application Instructions

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