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Hotel Industry Giant to Speak at MNU

MNU will kick off the annual MNU Tuesdays business luncheon series with hotel developer Jack DeBoer, founder of Residence Inn by Marriott. An entrepreneur, developer, and pioneer in the all-suite hotel industry, DeBoer has experienced failure and success in his 60-year career in real estate and hotel development.

A giant in the hospitality industry, DeBoer has developed and sold three extended stay, all-suite hotel brands: Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, and Candlewood Suites. DeBoer is currently the CEO of Value Place, a moderately priced, extended-stay hotel with more than 170 properties.

A philanthropist and patriot, DeBoer espouses values such as hard work and dealing ethically with others. Kevin Garber, director of MNU alumni relations, says DeBoer’s message will be motivational.

“Jack’s life experiences as an entrepreneur are valuable to our students, alumni and the Olathe business community,” Garber said. “At age 80, he is amazingly creative and full of energy.”

Prior to the luncheon DeBoer will give his presentation to alumni and community members at 11 a.m. Cost for the lecture is $29. The noon luncheon with Q & A session is $15 or $44 for both. To register, email or call (913) 971-3275. 

Three additional 2012-2013 MNU Tuesdays Business Luncheons will be held during the academic year at Bell Cultural Events Center:

  • November 13, 2012
  • February 12, 2013
  • April 9, 2013


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