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White Lodging Overview

Merrillville, IN
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Travel & Tourism
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
In 1985, White Lodging started as a one-hotel company in Northwest Indiana. Today, the company combines hotel development services, ownership and management into one continuously growing package with more than 163 premium-branded, select and full service hotels in 20 states ... Read more

Mission: To maximize the value of every asset, both hotels and people.

White Lodging – Why Work For Us?

In 1985, Bruce White established White Lodging with a single hotel and a singular vision – to provide incredible value and genuine care for associates, guests and owners. It’s a vision that has since inspired the steady and constant growth of our portfolio. After the first 10 years, White Lodging managed 16 hotels. From 1995 to 2005, that figure grew to 87.

As of today, White Lodging has developed over 120 hotels and provides management services for more than 165 premium branded hotels, which includes 26 brands and 30 restaurants in 19 states across the country. We are now one of America’s largest and fastest-growing hospitality development groups, and we remain privately held and committed to Mr. White’s original vision.


Throughout our unique history, White Lodging has continued to make strategic business decisions in key markets and nourished meaningful relationships, resulting in sustained, profitable growth. Original partnerships, such as the one with Marriott International, continue to thrive, and new ones have blossomed with Hyatt Global, Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotel Group, and Preferred Hotels. To date, White Lodging is the largest manager of the Residence Inn, Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn brands in the United States. As the vision grows, White Lodging continues to strengthen these partnerships as we develop and manage hotels and restaurants together.

White Lodging has enjoyed great success working with the titans of the hospitality industry, and we are selective in adding more relationships that tie into our core values. Our strong relationships with trusted brands result in a superior hotel experience on every level.

We value the opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and celebrate being one of the country’s top hotel development companies. Our evolution is marked by monumental achievements and key milestones.


We have a history of sustainable, strategic growth focusing on growth every year since inception defying the darkest of economic recessions.


Our growth is strategic – not simply for growth’s sake.  What we do always improves portfolio and partner value.  Our growth creates opportunity and accelerates career development.


We understand and live the idea that our expectations for performance can never exceed the quality of our training. We work hard to support your growth and success because we understand the organization’s performance and growth is dependent on your own. We do more than provide opportunity, we invest heavily in your success.


Our brand is your brand. White Lodging is a recognized industry leader developing, owning and operating the most respected brands in the industry. People know we are selective and that we develop effective leaders. Our reputation enhances yours. In a sense, we are the Harvard of hospitality.


Our ownership structure is built for the long term and the White family invests and manages to support a high-performing, multi-generational industry leader. No short cuts are taken nor values ignored. Stability in ownership and strategy benefits your career. You can work across the country, in urban or suburban hotels or at corporate, in a variety of positions, with as much challenge as you want to take on – all at one company.


We are highly selective and hire for talent to always enhance our organizational capability that supports our growth, quality and relationship objectives. You will be surrounded by like-minded people that share your values and commitment to contribute and grow. We like to have fun and celebrate our success.


Our proprietary approaches in F&B, development and management are industry-leading and highly profitable. The success of our food and beverage is rooted in a deep commitment to and passion for food. We support this with strong corporate investment in our test kitchen staffed with talented, innovative chefs continuously working to improve our quality and presentation. We manage towards consistent growth in sales and favorable mix of sales. We manage our development processes such that we achieve double digit ROI on hotel properties before the doors open. And our management standards are the highest in the industry. All of this means more opportunity for you.

New Grads

Choosing a college was a tough decision.  Now its time to make a bigger one.  It’s important to align yourself with a growth-minded company that allows you the opportunity to build a career.

Your first job out of college is a key milestone in a fulfilling career, so don’t settle for a mere stepping stone. At White Lodging, we consistently place new grads into high-impact hospitality jobs that are fueled by fresh ideas. Some highlights that new grads experience include new property development, creative food & beverage concepts, and opportunities to travel and live all over the country.

Talent Development/Training

Career acceleration is in the works from day one. White Lodging celebrates the success of our associates, so you get the industry’s best training and brightest minds to help foster your growth. Working at one of the most successful hospitality management companies means you’re exposed to the industry’s most innovative practices and influential people.

We also believe in the power of continued education. That spark you have on your first day is what drives this machine, so we make sure you have the opportunity to recharge it early and often. Our goal is to make our associates the most sought after in the industry, but unwilling to leave.

Because every job in hospitality is unique, White Lodging employs a thorough interview process to get to know our future associates.


It all starts with a standard application.


This is our first chance to get to know you and understand your interest in White Lodging. It is typically done by a hiring manager over the phone and can take about an hour.


You will be given two assessments to measure critical thinking and decision making. These help us uncover additional information that may not show up in a traditional interview or resumé.


You will then spend a few hours with two current employees, who will assess your skills and experience, and evaluate your ability to excel in this position.


If you’re considering a more senior position in hospitality management, you’ll meet with a business psychologist to review strengths and weaknesses that may not be evident in a traditional interview.


If you are the right candidate, we will extend a written offer!

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    Lots of growth opportunity. Training is abundant and ongoing. Plenty of chances to cross-train and even task force.


    Too much office politics at some of the properties.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of (and cautious) of relationships between mid-level managers and line staff.

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    White Lodging uses an interview process that includes Topgrading (a quick web search will tell you more about this), CTI, and Devine tests. Topgrade interviews can last from 2-4 hours.

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White Lodging Awards & Accolades

  • Training Top 125, Training Magazine, 2012
  • Training Top 125, Training Magazine, 2011
  • Training Top 125, Training Magazine, 2010
  • Training Top 125, Training, 2009
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