Jack DeBoer • Founder of four successful hotel brands


Success in Business Without Risking Family, Friends and Reputation

Risk Only Money book signing at Watermark Books and Café


16 June 2011



CONTACT: Robert Tolley
Greteman Group
1425 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67211
W 316.263.1004, ext. 116

C 316.305.2457




Release and Book Signing of Jack DeBoer’s Risk Only Money


WICHITA, Kan.— Watermark Books will host a book signing for the newly released business book, Risk Only Money, June 30, 6-8 p.m. Hotel magnate and first-time author Jack DeBoer will do a short reading and talk, followed by questions and a book signing.



Book Signing of Risk Only Money, by Jack DeBoer

Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas (SW corner of Douglas and Oliver)

6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, June 30



About the Book

DeBoer fills Risk Only Money with all the lessons that he had to learn the hard way. The things he wishes someone had told him years ago. Conveyed, of course, in DeBoer’s bold, straight-from-the-hip manner. He believes there are things we should never jeopardize: family, reputation, self-respect, friendships, health. But money? To him, capital exists to risk, gain, lose and reclaim. And then to do it all over again. As DeBoer points out, win or lose, tomorrow the game begins again.
From the book’s opening death threat from a pay-me-or-else creditor to DeBoer’s closing “God bless,” Risk Only Money offers insights for us all. Whether we’re young in our journeys, still striving for success, or whether we, too, have discovered what it means to live a life of significance.


All proceeds from the sale of Risk Only Money benefit World Vision, a global Christian humanitarian organization. World Vision US President Richard Stearns says, “True greatness – true significance – is found in giving our lives to serve others, not in acquiring prestige, power, influence, and money. In Risk Only Money, Jack DeBoer shares his own story of making it to the top, only to be taught some hard and humbling lessons when he got there. His story will challenge you to rethink your own definition of success. Are you willing to give of yourself? Your answer will say a lot about your future ­– and your own significance.”


Books are available in hardback, softback or as an ebook. For more information, visit www.RiskOnlyMoney.com.


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About the Author

Jack DeBoer understands business. Entrepreneurship. Building something new. He’s recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the all-suite hotel concept and a guy who shakes up the status quo.

He designed and built the first Residence Inn all-suite hotel in 1975 and sold the then 103 locations and brand 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.

DeBoer trailblazed a short-term apartment concept with his founding of Value Place in 2002. It continues to enjoy rapid expansion with 175 Value Places open as of January 2011. He also co-owns Pittsburg-based Hix Corporation and serves as chairman of the board for this global supplier of equipment for the food and printing industries.

DeBoer began his career as a teen in Kalamazoo, Michigan, selling real estate during his summers breaks. He attended Michigan State University, where he graduated in 1952 with a degree in business. Following two years as a military police officer during the Korean War, DeBoer teamed up with his father to build homes. In 1966, DeBoer shifted his focus to apartment construction and, by 1973, his company had built more than 16,000 apartments in 30 cities across 25 states. National Real Estate Investor recognized DeBoer as the country’s second-largest multifamily developer.

DeBoer’s extensive community and civic support includes serving as president of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, board chairman for Youth for Understanding, board member of the Wesley Medical Endowment Foundation and the Greater Wichita Community Foundation, and helping found Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. His many honors include the Wichita Chamber of Commerce “Uncommon Citizen” award, induction into the Wichita Business Hall of Fame, UCLA’s hotel industry Lifetime Achievement Award, Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award, doctorate of humane letters from Sterling (Kansas) College, and the Lodging Conference “Above and Beyond” award.

From his home in Wichita, Kansas – the Air Capital of the World – DeBoer has always relied on the use of corporate aircraft. An active pilot, DeBoer frequently flies as captain. He currently has six aircraft at his disposal. He holds the 3-kilometer world speed record for jet aircraft under 18,000 pounds.

In 1988, he and his wife completed a round-the-world trip in his Gulfstream II, following mankind’s history over the past 7,000 years. This trip enabled them to directly assess world needs and from this experience to become ever more involved in World Vision projects in Burma and worldwide. DeBoer writes in his book, “Some people don’t have to go to the other side of the world to wake up to what’s important. I did.”

Jack and his wife, Marilyn, of 58 years have two grown children and three grandchildren.


About Greteman Group
Greteman Group is a full-service branding and marketing agency based in Wichita, Kan. – the Air Capital of the World. It works with some of the world’s leading aviation companies, including FlightSafety International, Flexjet, Bombardier Aerospace, Signature Flight Support, Dallas Airmotive and Spirit AeroSystems. It also supports favorite causes and clients such as Via Christi Health, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Kansas State Fair and Kansas Chamber. Greteman Group has been a Metro Award winner and a recipient of the Business Marketing Association’s Pro-Comm Awards. The firm is a founding member of the Wichita Aero Club, and agency President Sonia Greteman serves on its board. www.gretemangroup.com

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