Chicago, October, 30, 2019 – Maverick Hotels and Restaurants, an industry leading hotel operator, developer and consultant, announced today that accomplished industry executive Wendy Stevens has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer. Robert Habeeb, Founder and CEO of Maverick, made the announcement.
As Chief Operating Officer, Wendy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Maverick’s growing hotel portfolio. In this capacity, she oversees the support staff and is the direct report for all aspects of each property, making her responsible for the financial and quality performance of all Maverick properties. The portfolio consists of properties that represent major brands like Marriott, Hilton and IHG, as well as independent upscale resorts.
A seasoned industry veteran, Wendy joined Maverick with extensive brand, sales and operational experience, which includes 18 years with First Hospitality Group in various leadership roles, most recently as Chief Commercial Officer. Wendy has extensive regional and national experience with FHG and has previously held corporate positions with Lane Hospitality and Hyatt Hotels.
“Today’s hospitality world does take a Maverick to unlock the special aura or character of any given property and maximize its appeal to guests and the community; its revenue potential for owners,” Habeeb said. “We’re thrilled that Wendy is joining us as she was heavily recruited by other hospitality entities. She understands the pulse of our industry, what makes owners tick, and how to build great teams at the property level, which brings a hotel’s strategy to life.”
“Bob, a longtime friend and colleague, and Robin Kirk are innovators with deep experience in all facets of hospitality investment, development and operations,” Stevens said. “I am excited to be joining Maverick at an energetic, creative time for our industry and the company, which already has some great projects in motion.”