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The Generation Companies Names Jason Liesegang
Owner-partner for the Candlewood Suites
- Richmond West


January 9, 2004 - The Generation Companies (Generation) recently welcomed its newest operating partner, Jason Liesegang, formerly General Manager of the Candlewood Suites-Richmond West. This innovative program, pioneered in the hotel industry by Generation in 2000, promotes proven talented, and ambitious hotel general managers to owner-partners, giving them not only more autonomy, but more financial interest in their hotel. To qualify, general managers must complete a rigorous application process, pay a $5,000 good-faith deposit, and prove their operational expertise with high scores in the areas of quality assurance, guest service, preventative maintenance, telephone etiquette, and revenue growth.  “This is about managers becoming entrepreneurs and enjoying more control of their hotel–and a larger share of the profits,” says  H. Mark Daley, III, Generation president. 

Liesegang has worked with Generation for four years.  He’s been the General Manager of the Candlewood Suites-Richmond West since January 2002. “It’s a chance to call something your own,” he explains. “Instead of having to change careers or go to another company, I can actually stay at the job I like and am good at and do something different and important. It’s my chance to make a long-term commitment to a great hotel and a great company.”

The Candlewood Suites-Richmond West, located at 4120 Brookriver Drive in Glen Allen, Virginia, is a mid-priced 122-room extended stay hotel with rates from $69 to $99 per night for a studio suite. It provides a unique amenity package including:  two phones using T1 lines, with data ports throughout the suite; high-speed Internet access; an oversized desk and executive chair; a recliner; bulletin board; and a fully equipped kitchen, with everything from full refrigerator and dishwasher to stove and complete set of utensils.  All rooms feature at least one 25-inch television, a VCR, compact disk player and full size ironing board and iron.  The Candlewood also boasts a complete exercise room, free access to washers and dryers, 25-cent soft drinks, free local calls, a complimentary video and CD library, and the Candlewood Cupboard, a 24-hour honor system pantry. 

The Generation Companies is a Research Triangle Park, North Carolina based real estate developer, manager and operator of extended stay hotels in North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee and Florida.  Generation has more than 2300 hotel rooms and $115 million in real estate assets under management, and employs over 275 associates at 19  properties.  Generation is actively seeking new management and acquisition opportunities in the extended stay segment. 

Ron Jacobsen
The Generation Companies

Jason Liesegang
Candlewood Suites-Richmond West

Also See: The Generation Companies Starts Groundbreaking Program that Turns Hotel Managers Into Owner-partners / Jan 2002
Generation Companies Breaks Ground on Eighth Virginia Candlewood Suites / Aug 2003

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