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White Lodging Overview

Merrillville, IN
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Hotels, Motels, & Resorts
$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 90 premium-branded, select and full service hotels in 20 states along ... 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 90 premium branded hotels, which includes 26 brands and 30 restaurants in 20 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.


Over the last 30 years, White Lodging has outpaced the hotel development industry with 120 newly constructed hotels, an investment more than $3 billion in the making. With a focus on innovation and growth, our development team excels at finding the right markets for new builds and restaurants, delivering high-value projects. And we're not done yet.

At White Lodging, more than 6,500 associates put their unique talents, personalities and passion to work changing skylines across America. With fast-paced training and immediate management opportunities, we place high-achieving people into meaningful positions from the get-go. Our value comes from our people, as everything we achieve is through the commitment and talent of our associates. Passionate. Driven. Motivated. That’s who we are and where we are going.


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!

A Message From Our Chairman

White Lodging has a history of high performance and sustainable, profitable growth. We recognize that we have achieved our results as a result of operating with long term vision instead of compromising those values for short term gain. As we continuously work toward our vision to become the most desired and highly valued developer, owner and manager of leading urban and suburban select hotels in the United States, we are thinking about building a company that will last forever with success that enables everyone to win.

Trust, loyalty, and excellence are the drivers of our success. We understand that if we don’t perform and add value to owners, trust and loyalty are lost. There, we focus our activities on projects and opportunities that are aligned with our core values that guide us: growth, accountability, ethics, impact, genuine care and leadership excellence.

We look forward to partnering with those who share our passion, commitment, values and long-term growth objectives. Together, we will achieve boundless success.

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    Great Hotels, if you apply yourself - you can advance as far as you want


    Need to review entry level manager pay

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    Keep focusing on growth, and competitive pay

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White Lodging photo of: White Lodging manages 26 brands within its portfolio. That means you can stay with the same company and work with Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and independent hotels.
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White Lodging photo of: As of today, White Lodging has developed over 120 hotels and provides management services for nearly 100 premium branded hotels.
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White Lodging photo of: White Lodging has been recognized seven times by Training Magazine’s esteemed list of Top 125 training companies, a rare honor for hotel development groups.
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    The process required several interviews. You get a chance to meet the team and really get an understanding of the culture. The interviewer addresses any questions that you may have and makes you feel right at home. The team was great and overall experience was great.

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White Lodging Awards & Accolades

  • Eight White Lodging Properties Recognized by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hotels list for 2018, U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • Gallup Great Workplace Award, Gallup, 2018
  • Training Top 125, Training, 2009
  • Training Top 125, Training, 2008
  • Training Top 125, Training Magazine, 2010
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