DIMENSION DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
Dimension Development Company has successfully been developing, acquiring and
managing full-service, all-suite, and focus service hotels. Together with our
owning partners we have produced winning combinations in markets throughout the
country. Dimension’s current management portfolio includes hotels in the Hilton,
Holiday, Marriott and Starwood brand families. These hotels include Courtyard by
Marriott, Embassy Suites, Fairfield Inn, Sheraton Four Points, Hampton Inns,
Hilton, Holiday Inns, Holiday Inns & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton,
Residence Inn by Marriott and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. The company
operates 42 hotels in 11 states, and is actively working to acquire additional
management contracts and acquire and/or develop additional hotel properties.
Dimension is a growth-oriented, hospitality management company maintaining
long-term management contracts. Because Dimension’s philosophy is geared towards
long-term management of assets, we take a significant interest in all aspects of
property performance, product quality and service excellence. Many other
hospitality management groups, who do not have long-term affiliation with a
particular hotel as their goal, do not share. This philosophy translates into
higher levels of guest satisfaction and product quality.
Dimension is based in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Sam J. Friedman is the Founder
& CEO of Dimension, and has more than 30 years of experience in the lodging
industry. He has played significant roles in the development of the Holiday Inn,
Residence Inn and Homewood Suites hotel franchise brands. Sam is a former
practicing attorney and earned both undergraduate and law degree from Louisiana
State University where he went on to serve as Chairman of the Board of
Supervisors for many years.
Greg Friedman, President & General Counsel. Greg, who is a licensed
attorney in the State of Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University,
is responsible for all legal issues and is responsible for the all financing,
acquisition and development activities. He works closely with and guides the
senior staff members of the company.
The key members of Dimension’s home office and property management teams have
extensive experience in all facets of the hospitality industry. However, the key
reason for the company’s success and growth lies in its commitment to hiring
“great” people at the properties it manages with positive attitudes and a desire
to be better. Without good people, nothing happens. Dimension hotels are
successful because they are staffed by “productive” people who drive themselves
to be successful. Leading each specialty area within Dimension is:
Ken Thompson, CHA – Executive Vice President/Operating Officer. Ken has
been with Dimension and its related companies since 1991 and is responsible for
the company operations. Reporting to Ken are the regional vice presidents of
operations; the Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing and the Vice
President for Training & Hotel Human Resources. Ken has been in the hospitality
industry since 1984 starting as a management trainee with Stouffer Hotels &
Resorts (now The Marriott Renaissance brand) while advancing through the ranks
to general manager before assuming position in corporate management with
Dimension. During his tenure with Stouffer he was Director of Training the
storied Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters
Degree from Alfred University and is certified as a Hotel Administrator (CHA).
Craig Stechman, CHSP – Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing.
Craig began his career at the renowned
Hershey Hotel & Conference Center. Over the next thirty years he progressed from
a hotel director of sales & marketing to become responsible national sales &
sales leadership roles with both with franchisors, ownership REITs and at hotel
management companies. Most recently he was Senior Vice President – Sales,
Marketing & Revenue Management for a national hotel management company with more
than 20 hotels in brands including Marriott, Renaissance and Embassy Suites. At
Dimension Craig has responsibility for leadership of the sales and revenue
management support operations.
Bobby Mancil, Comptroller & CFO. Bobby has been with Dimension and its
related companies for more than three decades. He supervises our corporate
accounting staff which includes approximately a dozen professionals in roles
that include property accounting, account payables, payroll, financial analysis
and construction accounting. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University.
Shirley Walker, Sr. Vice President of Purchasing & Design. Shirley has
been with Dimension and its related companies since shortly after our first
company was founded. She handles corporate purchasing programs, design concepts
for new and existing hotels undergoing periodic product improvements and
supports our hotels with their local purchasing as needed. Shirley is a leader
in the hotel purchasing industry and is known for her excellence in developing
successful partnerships with our vendors that bring extra value to our partners.
Shirley is a graduate of Northwestern State University and is a former educator
before moving to the hospitality industry.
Eric Arender, Vice President of Construction. Eric is responsible for
construction and planning activities for new build projects. Additionally, he
supervises a team that includes two project managers who are involved with
specific projects and hotel renovation and capital improvement projects. Eric
has been with Dimension since 1998 and has more than more than 35 years of
experience in the construction industry. He is a graduate of Louisiana State
University with a degree in Construction & Civil Engineering.
Samuel Cueva, SPHR – Vice President of Human Resources. Sam is
responsible for the HR policies, benefits, compensation, and training, as well
as serving as a consultant to our General Managers and hotel HR staff in all
matters related to human resources. Sam brings more than twenty years of Human
Resources experience in both hotel and corporate level positions with Hilton,
Gaylord Entertainment, John Q. Hammons Hotels and Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
Success in the hotel business has become more difficult to achieve in recent
years, in part, because today’s hotel customers have more options, are better
informed, and are more demanding than ever before. Today, successful hotel
management takes a quality product plus a team of knowledgeable and dedicated
professionals on its management team – people who understand that success means
taking care of the guest and doing the basics better than our competitors, while
striving for quality and excellence in all that we do. Dimension is committed to
providing its employees with professional growth and career advancement