Jack DeBoer • Founder of four successful hotel brands


Success in Business Without Risking Family, Friends and Reputation


06.11.2012 - Leadership Kansas

06.05.2012 - Jack to Speak at Private Wichita Event Next Monday, June 11th

05.16.2012 - Jack Interviewed in Hotel Management Magazine

05.14.2012 - REMINDER: Jack to Speak At Bellevue University this Thursday, May 17th

05.09.2012 - Jack To Speak at Bellevue University on May 17th

04.23.2012 - The McPherson Sentinel Write-up of Jack’s April 17th Speech

04.10.2012 - Jack To Speak At CEO National Conference In Chicago November 2

04.10.2012 - Jack to Speak to Michigan State University Business Class

03.29.2012 - Jack to Speak at McPherson College’s Harter Business Lecture April 17th

03.19.2012 - Jack to Speak at UMASS-Amherst on April 5th

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About the Author Jack DeBoer

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 it 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 178 Value Places open as of October 2012.  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. Read full bio >


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“When I say that business is only about money, I’m not at all saying that life is only about money.”

– Jack DeBoer
Author of Risk Only Money and founder of
Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, Candlewood Suites and Value Place


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All proceeds from the sale of Risk Only Money benefit World Vision, the largest Christian humanitarian aid organization in the world. It serves millions of earthquake and hurricane survivors, abandoned and exploited children, survivors of famine and civil war, refugees, and communities devastated by AIDS in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Its extensive global infrastructure – with offices in approximately 100 countries – enables response where the need is greatest. Support comes from millions of donors all over the world, including child sponsors, churches, corporations, and government agencies. For more information, visit www.WorldVision.org.

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“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.”

– Richard Stearns
President of World Vision US and author of The Hole in Our Gospel