Students: Hear hotel entrepreneur Jack DeBoer talk about building his suite career

Interested in starting a business? Get some advice from hotel magnate Jack DeBoer about the lessons he’s learned from his years innovating the hotel industry. 

Current Butler Students are invited to join us for a free entrepreneurship lunch forum hosted by Butler’s Entrepreneurship Institute from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Over the years, Jack DeBoer became the epitome of entrepreneurial spirit as he championed the concept of extended-stay hotel suites and most recently built an empire out of the Value Place brand. He designed and built the first Residence Inn all-suite hotel in 1975 and sold it to Marriott in 1987. A year later he co-founded Summerfield Suites, which he subsequently sold to Hyatt. In 1995, he founded Candlewood Suites, purchased by InterContinental Hotels in 2003. 


Now, holding himself accountable for a life of significance, DeBoer has challenged himself and others to find the right reasons for going into business. Join us on Feb. 28 in the Butler of Andover Grizzly Den (715 E. 13th St.) for lunch, networking AND inspiration as we hear the story of a high-rise climb to success.


All attendees will receive a copy of Jack DeBoer’s book “Risk-Only Money” his personal guide to “Success in Business Without Risking Family, Friends and Reputation”. RSVP by Feb. 22 at 316-218-6355 or





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