Sunway Hospitality personnel have the experience with hotels in various locations throughout the United States.
Sunway Hospitality currently operates hotels in several states and has experience with most major franchise brands including: Hilton, Marriott and Holiday Inn.
Hilton Garden Inn
Hampton Inn by Hilton
Fairfield Inn by Marriott
Springhill Suites by Marriott
Holiday Inn Express
Wingate Inn by Wyndham
The Sunway executive staff is unique in the changing hospitality industry. The executives on average have been together as a management team for over ten years.
Sunway's executives have been involved with over 100 hotels in almost 30 states. Further, this experience totals over 18,000 guest rooms and 11 major franchises.
Don Culbertson entered the hotel industry in the mid-1970's by acquiring several hotels in the Southeast United States. In 1983 he formed Sunway Hotel Group as an umbrella organization to provide management services to his properties and to build a solid foundation for growth.
Much of Sunway's success is attributable to the direct, hands-on management style of Mr. Culbertson which he passed on to our staff. He always took an active role in monitoring each Sunway-managed facility, the staff continues to carry on his vision today.
DONALD E. CULBERTSON
LINDA L. SMITH
Linda joined Sunway Hotel Management in 1994 in the Acquisitions Department. Prior to joining Sunway she served in a similar capacity with another hotel company for six years. She works closely with Don Culbertson, CEO and Owner of Sunway in evaluating hotel projects for acquisition, renovation and management. She also identifies new construction opportunities including site selection, due diligence and feasibility studies.
In 2012 Ms. Smith was named President of Sunway Hotel Management, Inc and now supervises all aspects of the Company’s operations and reports to Mr. Culbertson. This includes supervision of day to day operations of Sunway and all hotels under management. Linda works closely with the General Manager’s and the Controller reviewing cost controls and review of all loss prevention procedures. She coordinates all new hotel opening procedures with the construction company, hotel franchise company and staff. All employees of Sunway report directly to Ms. Smith.
Linda has developed strong relationships with all hotel franchise companies with particular emphasis on the Hilton, Marriott and Sheraton brands. She is a strong believer in the importance of the décor and ambiance in the hotels under management by Sunway and has developed procedures for the purchasing of furniture and fixtures and interior design of the hotels to insure a pleasant stay by it’s guests.
University of South Alabama
Bachelor of Science
DAVID S. PARKER
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ACQUISITIONS
Mr. Parker began his career in hotel operations in the late 1980’s at various full-service hotels in Austin and Houston. After completing his BBA in Computer Information Systems in 1994, he joined the Houston office of PKF Consulting and quickly mastered the methodologies of forecasting changes in the supply and demand of hotels.
During the 1990’s, Mr. Parker watched the limited-service and select-service revolution unfold and performed numerous studies for both emerging and established brands. In response to this revolution in hospitality, he left PKF Consulting in 2001 to form DP Consulting. Since then, he has completed more than 100 studies for new hotel development and hotel repositioning.
DP Consulting also serves the public sector by helping cities attract new hotel conference center development. The last project Mr. Parker completed while at PKF Consulting was the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston. Since then, he has assisted numerous cities and private developers navigate the complexities of city incentives.
Mr. Parker has also participated in developing projects such as the award winning Embassy Suites in downtown Houston, where he also brokered the sale of the hotel to the current owners. He has also developed numerous townhomes near the Texas Medical Center in Houston and a retail business in Pearland, Texas.
As Mr. Parker examined the current boom cycle, he sought the acquisition of Sunway Hotel Group in June of 2014, where he currently serves as its Managing Director of Acquisitions and searches for strategic assets to purchase. He is also directing the rebranding of the company to Sunway Hospitality.
Mr. Parker holds a Texas Broker’s License and is also a Private Pilot.
Doug Oswald has been involved in accounting since 1990. His experience most recently in Hotel Management is enhanced by his extensive experience as a Controller with private and publicly traded Newspapers and Non Profit Education industries.
-Setup Accounting Controls for Cash, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable
-Communication with owners
-Prepare Capital Budgets
-Coordinate any Audit activities
-Oversee Compensation programs for all employees
Bachelor of Science – Accounting and Business, Baker University
Master of Science – Management, Baker University
Rich Jones joined Sunway Hospitality in 2008. Mr. Jones began his career in the hotel industry in 2000 in the capacity of Facilities and Maintenance Engineer. His experience and expertise have now moved him into working in the development, architectural and construction aspects of the hotel industry.
Previously, Mr. Jones worked with a Marriott franchisee and Marriott corporate where he gained first-hand knowledge in all aspects of hotel development from architectural design to hotel construction and facilities management. Mr. Jones multi brand experience with Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn, Springhill Suites and TownePlace Suites, brings valuable experience to the Sunway team. Mr. Jones has also been involved in hotel procurement and renovations.
As Development and Facilities Manager, Mr. Jones will be responsible for working directly with Architects, Contractors and Project Managers to develop Sunway Hospitality's growth of new hotels and casinos. In addition, Mr. Jones will manage maintenance and facilities at all of the existing Sunway Hospitality properties.
INT'L DIR. OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Wenyue "Wendy" Zhu has over 10 years of international hospitality experience.
Ms. Zhu is a graduate of the Conrad N. Hilton College and the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston earning her Masters of Science in Hospitality Management and an MBA. Ms. Zhu received the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Scholarship and the Conrad N. Hilton College Scholarship, as well as a Presidential Graduate Fellowship and a Graduate Assistant Tuition Fellowship. She completed her BA in Law at the China Institute of Industrial Relations in Beijing, China.
In addition to her business development responsibilities with Sunway Hospitality, Ms. Zhu prepares market feasibility studies for DP Consulting. Ms. Zhu is very knowledgeable of all aspects of hotel market feasibility and conducts extensive research of hotel markets and produces analysis used in hotel development decisions.
Ms. Zhu began her hospitality career as the Assistant Front Office Manager at the Jianguo Hotel Beijing where she led her staff to increase revenue during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, and was named "Best Olympics Star Employee". She immigrated to the USA in 2009 to serve as a Cultural Representative and Trainer at Epcot, Walt Disney World (Orlando) and was recognized as a "Great Service Fanatic". Early in her career, she worked as an analyst with HVS Consulting in Beijing assisting senior consultants with researching hotel markets throughout China and providing advice for management contracts.
Ms. Zhu has an insatiable curiosity about the world, and it’s her life goal to continue traveling to its farther reaches. Wendy’s extensive travels abroad have taken her to Austria, Brazil, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Russia, The Bahamas, United Arab Emirates, etc.
Ms. Zhu is licensed as a Real Estate Salesperson in Texas.