Entrepreneur and hotelier Jack DeBoer was inducted into the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College’s Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor Wednesday night.
According to a news release, DeBoer is recognized as a pioneer of the extended-stay and all-suite hotel concepts. Is induction into the hall puts him in the company of J.W. Marriott and Conrad Hilton, who were inaugural inductees.
DeBoer is the founder of the 178-unit, Wichita-based Value Place chain. He also was the founder of Residence Inn, which was later sold to Marriott, as well as the Summerfield Hotel and Candlewood Hotel companies, which were sold to Hyatt Corp. and InterContinental Hotels Group, respectively.
According to the hall of honor’s website, 51 hospitality “giants” have been inducted since 1996, including Walt Disney and McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.