About Sonmar Management

Sonmar Management is a full service hotel management, marketing, development, and construction company. We have been in the hotel business for almost 40 years, and we have developed and managed over 50 hotels during this time frame. The types of properties we manage have included mid-market without food and beverage, mid-market with food and beverage, and mid-market extended stay. We have developed and/or managed hotels with Intercontinental Hotels Group, Hilton, Wyndham, Choice Hotels International, and various independent brands.

In addition to hotel experience, key personnel in Sonmar Management have over 15 years experience in food & beverage. This includes developing and managing concepts like Uno Chicago Grill, Subway, Taco Del Mar, and an independent full service Italian restaurant. Specific management/development duties included complete design and construction of the entire facilities, including building, patio, kitchen, and bar; hiring and training of all staff; marketing and sales; weekly cost and inventory control; catering/banquets; and daily operations.

Sonmar Management is the result of earlier partnerships and companies dating back to 1975. Russell D. Maring has been the common partner since this time. Mr. Maring got the company started by developing his own chain of eight independently owned and managed limited service hotels. The name of these hotels were originally called Econo Inn but later changed to Select Inn. All these properties were sold in 1988 and are still operating today.

In 1982 Mr. Maring was a partner and manager of a group that bought the Oak Manor, a 122 room full-service hotel in Fargo, ND. The hotel was subsequently sold in 1985 and is currently operating under a different independent flag. In 1988 Mr. Maring created Sonmar Management with one other partner. Over a 10 year period the company developed and managed 32 hotels including Comfort Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn, Quality Suites, and Holiday Inn Express in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. In 1998, the company sold 20 hotels to Tharaldson Enterprises and retained 12 properties in Washington and Oregon.


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