ZMC Hotels Welcomes Chris Johnson, Vice President of Operations, Midwest Region

MIDWEST REGION (May 23, 2022) – Chris Johnson will have operational oversight of our new Midwest Region, initially consisting of the latest addition to ZMC Hotels, LLC in Illinois and Indiana.

Chris has successfully served in a variety of leadership positions, including most recently leading the team to convert the 354-room Omni Jacksonville Downtown, FL to a Marriott, and prior to that as General Manager of the 416-room Westin Chicago Northwest, IL and 388-room Sheraton Brookfield, WI. Chris also held positions as Regional Management Director and Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management. Chris brings a strong background in food and beverage to ensure seamless operational success at the Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Fort Wayne, and the Hyatt Place Downtown Bloomington, IN. Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Western Illinois University.


ZMC Hotels Portfolio Welcomes Beautiful Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh, PA

PITTSBURGH, PA. (March 11, 2022) – ZAC Holdings, LLC acquired the 113-room Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh/Waterfront-West Homestead located on the scenic Monongahela River just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. This idyllic hotel features outdoor seating and a gas fireplace overlooking the majestic river, a large fitness center and pool area for recreation, generous meeting space, and an incredibly warm and welcoming Team.

The Hampton Inn & Suites is managed by ZMC Hotels, LLC, and is now part of ZMC’s Lakes Region, overseen by Paul McHenry, Vice President of Operations. We’re happy to welcome Marianne Linder to ZMC Hotels as General Manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites. Marianne was critical in providing continuity in leadership through the transition, enabling the retention of every single employee –paramount in today’s tight labor market. ZMC Hotels is currently finalizing interior design with Hilton Hotels for an upcoming property improvement plan as part of a new 15-year franchise license agreement.


ZMC Hotels, LLC Recognized with 2019 Hilton Legacy Award

Walnut Creek, CA– December 28, 2020 – ZMC Hotels, LLC announced today it has been recognized with the esteemed 2019 Hilton Legacy Award for the category of Hampton by Hilton Top Performer.  Hilton’s annual awards program celebrates owners and development partners in the Americas for contributions toward brand excellence and development efforts.  As a recipient of the 2019 Hilton Legacy Award, ZMC Hotels, LLC is proud to be recognized out of more than 2,500 Hilton franchisees worldwide in the Top Performer category.

“It is an honor and privilege to be recognized by Hilton as the Top Performer for our Hampton by Hilton portfolio,” said Mark Hall, President and CEO for ZMC Hotels, LLC.  “I’m tremendously proud and thankful each day for our team and their dedication to outstanding service while creating a safe and memorable experience for our guests.  We are fortunate to have great partners in both Hilton and our shareholders, who support our commitment to offer quality properties and experiences.”

The Legacy Awards recognize the passion, creativity, and innovative spirit of Hilton’s partners who are committed to quality projects that meet or exceed brand standards and have a positive impact on their communities.  Hilton’s development and brand leadership teams select the winners based on strict criteria including, but not limited to, hotel quality and commitment to the guest experience.

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 About ZMC Hotels, LLC

ZMC Hotels, LLC is a diversified Hotel Company that develops, builds, owns, and operates 39 hotels in 12 States and is home to over 650 employees who are dedicated to superior performance and guest satisfaction.  ZMC Hotels is an affiliate of Hall Equities Group, a diversified real estate-oriented company headquartered in Walnut Creek CA.

Our management team includes deep experience in hotel operations, marketing and sales, revenue management, human resources, risk management, information technology, facilities, construction management, and purchasing.  These skill sets are fortified by the added expertise of Hall Equities Group in accounting and treasury management, audit, capital markets, and project development.

ZMC Hotels, LLC is committed to growing its national presence through third-party management, asset acquisitions, new ground-up hotel development projects, and receivership services.  Presently, ZMC Hotels, LLC has several new hotel development projects in the pipeline for completion in the near future.  Visit for more information, and connect with ZMC Hotels, LLC on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,300 properties and more than one million rooms, in 118 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2020 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2020 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. In 2020, Hilton CleanStay was introduced, bringing an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection to hotels worldwide. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 110 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including contactless check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram, and YouTube.



Hospitality Excellence Award Winner for Radisson Hotels

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Houghton, MI was honored with the Hospitality Excellence Award (formerly the President’s Award) for 2021.

Each year, Radisson Hotel Group recognizes its top performing hotels and employees from each of its brands across the Americas. The Hospitality Excellence Award recognizes hotels that achieve top scores in guest satisfaction measured by guest feedback and consistency in meeting and often exceeding the brand’s product quality standards. Hospitality Excellence Award recipients also deliver superior hospitality allowing guests to feel at home and create memorable moments throughout their stay.

The Country Inn & Suites team have consistently won this award over the last five years. Congratulations to the Country Inn & Suites Houghton, MI Team!



91-room Hyatt Place hotel opens in Tucson, Arizona.

TUCSON, AZ. (August 15, 2019) Hyatt Place Tucson-Central, the second Hyatt Place hotel in Tucson, is officially open. The new hotel features the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere, and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings. The property is owned by Zenith Asset Company and managed by ZMC Hotels, LLC, of Walnut Creek, CA.

The hotel’s location provides easy access to the I-10 Freeway and other points of interest throughout the valley. The property is just a short distance from the University of Arizona, Tucson’s vibrant downtown, Historic Fourth Avenue, Old Tucson, numerous golf courses, and the Tucson International Airport.

“As Tucson continues to grow and thrive economically, we are excited to add to the momentum by welcoming our hotel to the Tucson market,” said General Manager Wesley Hayden. “Our multi-tasking guests can easily accomplish what they need to do while on the road with our smartly designed social spaces and guestrooms with separate work and sleep areas.”

Hyatt Place Tucson-Central offers:

  • 91 spacious guestrooms with separate spaces to sleep, work, and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
  • Free Wi-Fi: Available to all guests throughout throughout the hotel and guestrooms
  • Breakfast Bar: Enjoy a hot breakfast, available daily in the Gallery Kitchen featuring hot breakfast items, fresh fruit, steel cut oatmeal, Greek yogurt, and more
  • The Market: Serving freshly prepared meals anytime, day or night, and perfectly packaged sandwiches and salads
  • Coffee to Cocktails Bar: Featuring specialty coffees and premium beers, as well as wines and cocktails
  • Necessities: Our program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow, or enjoy for free
  • Outdoor Heated Pool and Hot Tub: Enjoy a relaxing dip, cool your heels after a day around the Valley, or take a vigorous swim to start the day
  • 24-hour Gym: Featuring cardio equipment with LCD touchscreens and free ear buds

“Tucson is a vibrant city, filled with friendly people, great neighborhoods, and an ever-expanding list of great places to visit and things to do or see,” said David York, Vice President of operations, ZMC Hotels. “This hotel is central to all of them and we are confident that Hyatt Place Tucson-Central will exceed guest expectations and provide them with everything they need while visiting our area.”


Hyatt Place Tucson-Central is under the leadership of General Manager Wesley Hayden and Director of Sales Jenn Kimbrough. In his role, Wesley is directly responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the hotel, including overseeing the hotel’s associates and ensuring guests encounter the thoughtful service for which the Hyatt Place brand is known. Kimbrough is responsible for providing sales service and support to travelers and meeting planners frequenting the Tucson area.

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Hyatt Place hotels combine style, innovation, and 24/7 conveniences to create an easy-to-navigate experience for today’s multi-tasking traveler. Guests can enjoy thoughtfully designed guestrooms featuring distinct zones for sleep, work, and play, and free-flowing social spaces that offer seamless transitions from work to relaxation. With more than 300 locations globally, Hyatt Place hotels offer freshly prepared food around the clock, efficient service, and differentiated experiences for World of Hyatt members. For more information, please visit Join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #HyattPlace and #WhySettle.

About ZMC Hotels, LLC

ZMC Hotels is a Hotel Management Company owned by California-based Hall Equities Group. Hall Equities Group is a diversified private real estate investment and development company, founded in 1962, with a portfolio of 127 assets across nineteen states.

ZMC Hotels has more than 1,200 employees dedicated to superior performance in the hospitality industry. Our management team includes deep experience in hotel operations, marketing and sales, revenue management, human resources, risk management, information technology, facilities and construction management, and purchasing. These skill sets are fortified by the added expertise of Hall Equities Group in accounting and treasury management, audit, capital markets, and project development.

Hall Equities Group is committed to growing ZMC Hotels into a significant national hotel management company. Third party management business, new single-asset and portfolio acquisitions, and new ground-up hotel development projects are being actively pursued. Presently, ZMC Hotels has eight new hotel development projects in its development pipeline scheduled for completion in the near future.

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ZMC Hotels, LLC expands portfolio in the Southeast with the acquisition of Hampton Inn New Albany

The Hampton Inn New Albany, Mississippi, is the latest acquisition to the ZMC Hotels management portfolio.

Acquired in early May on behalf of company-sponsored investment equities, the 84-room hotel built in 2010 is the thirteenth Hilton property under management by ZMC Hotels and expands the ZMC Hotels’ presence in the Southeast to twelve hotels across five states. A Tru Hotel by Hilton, currently under development in Sebring, Florida, will bring the Southeast presence to thirteen.

The Hampton Inn New Albany is a 2017 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence recipient and the top-ranked hotel in New Albany, a historic town on the banks of the Tallahatchie River in northeastern Mississippi, that was chosen by USA Today Readers as the Best Southern Small Town in 2017 among travel-worthy destinations. Roughly 30 minutes from Tupelo, 35 minutes from Oxford, and just 10 miles from the North American Toyota Corolla manufacturing plant, the hotel is ideally situated for business, leisure, and historical pursuits.


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Comprehensive renovation completed at Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Glendale/Peoria

The next time someone “takes you out to the ballgame” for a spring training game or youth baseball tournament at the P83 Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria Arizona, you’ll find the Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Glendale/Peoria sporting a whole new look.

Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels, LLC, have just completed an extensive interior and exterior renovation at the 112-room hotel adjacent to the Sports Complex and the Arrowhead Town Center in central Peoria. The new look is sleek and sophisticated with clean contemporary detailing, consistent with Hampton’s Forever Young design initiative.

The exterior changes are striking. Low-pitched red gable roofs on the hotel building and the porte cochère have been replaced by flat roofs with bold parapets. Window columns topped with shallow arches have been transformed into tall, sleek rectangles. And horizontal colored accent bands have been removed. These architectural changes, in concert with a crisp new color scheme of predominantly ivory and gold, make the hotel appear visually taller.

Inside, the lobby has received a fresh new make-over with colorful contemporary furnishings and desert themed artwork, while guest rooms were completely redone in a soothing grey and taupe color scheme with playful pops of color. Streamlined furniture, roman shades, and rolling barn-style closet doors contribute to the modern feel. The trend continues in the guest baths, where plank style floor tiles and elongated stone topped vanities with contemporary fixtures and lighting have replaced more traditional furnishings and finishes.

Not to be outdone by the updates to the elevations and the interior, the pool area at the Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Glendale/Peoria is scheduled to undergo a major renovation this summer, similar to the transformations that have recently been completed at the Hampton Inn Phoenix/Scottsdale and the Hampton Inn Phoenix/Scottsdale on Shea Boulevard. We predict the pool reno will be a home run!

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ZMC Hotels, LLC, completes breakfast room renovation at AmericInn Ashland, Wisconsin, enhancing Lake Superior views

ZMC Hotels, LLC, has recently completed construction on a major breakfast room renovation at the AmericInn Ashland in northern Wisconsin, enhancing aesthetics and functionality at the 94-room hotel overlooking Lake Superior at beautiful Chequamegon Bay.

The hotel breakfast room was enlarged and reconfigured, increasing seating capacity from 22 to 66 and creating a walk-out wall of windows that showcases the expansive views of the lake. Bar height and banquette seating were added, along with large screen TVs and striking lake-themed artwork. Dated track lighting was replaced with inset overhead lighting for a brighter, more open feel, and older wall units were replaced with central heating and air for improved guest comfort and efficiency. The serving area also received an inviting makeover with new two-tone cabinetry, contemporary hardware, and updated floor and wall tile. In addition, the prep kitchen for the breakfast room and the kitchen for the onsite pizzeria were relocated to adjacent positions, and the pizzeria kitchen was outfitted with all new appliances and fixtures.

The breakfast room renovation is just one in a series of improvements at the AmericInn Ashland, which features fun, family-friendly amenities like the Shipwreck Pizzeria, an indoor water park, and summertime pedal boat rentals. An expansion of the exercise room is currently under way and the lobby and select guestrooms are also being updated. In 2017, a comprehensive landscaping project at the back of the hotel added a beach area and pathways along the lake.



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ZMC Hotels adds Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Placid, FL, to hotels in the Southeast

ZMC Hotels is pleased to announce the latest addition to the ZMC Hotels managed portfolio, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Placid.

The newly renovated four-story, 79-room hotel in Lake Placid, FL, is the fifth Holiday Inn Express in the overall ZMC Portfolio and brings greater depth to our Central Florida offerings. Lake Placid is just fourteen miles south of Sebring, FL, home to our existing Residence Inn by Marriott and future Tru by Hilton now under construction on Lake Jackson.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Placid is located just off Highway 27, close to prominent local businesses and attractions, including 27 freshwater lakes. It features a heated outdoor pool, a convenient business center and fitness center, and an onsite meeting space accommodating up to 100 people. Please visit the hotel website for reservation information.

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Local Developer Mark Hall Acquires Rights to USL Franchise for Oakland East Bay Region of Northern California

Hall plans to build a state-of-the-art 15,000+ seat soccer-specific stadium

TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League today announced that Mark Hall, a real estate-oriented entrepreneur based in Northern California and the President and CEO of Hall Equities Group, has acquired the rights for a United Soccer League franchise in the Oakland East Bay area. Hall is an active real estate developer and operates a nationwide portfolio of varied commercial properties, apartment buildings and hotels, as well as a variety of sports-focused businesses. Hall intends to pursue the development of a 15,000+ seat soccer-specific stadium complex to house the new club. The overall project could potentially include a hotel, a conference facility, retail and other uses synergistic to the stadium complex that would enhance the fan experience.

“Located in one of the largest media markets in the country, the Oakland East Bay area fits perfectly into our mission of building passionate regional rivalries, and further strengthens the USL’s presence on the West Coast following our recent expansion in Fresno and Las Vegas,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. “We have full confidence in Mark’s vision and plan to bring professional soccer to the East Bay, given his track record of success in real estate investment and development across the country.

“The USL continues to be a leader in the growth of professional soccer in North America by bringing the world’s game to new, untapped markets with proven local ownership groups and soccer-specific venues that deliver an unforgettable experience for fans. East Bay’s stadium will not only serve as a first-class venue for a professional soccer team, but also be a community asset that hosts other events.”

Having acquired the rights to a USL franchise, Hall will work directly with local officials to secure a suitable location for a major stadium project. The goal is to have the stadium and team ready for kickoff by the 2021 USL season or sooner, if possible.

“Professional soccer continues to thrive across North America, and we are thrilled to participate in its future by bringing a professional USL club to the East Bay,” said Hall. “The East Bay area is the center of gravity for soccer participation in Northern California. We have passionate fans who love the game, and I’m looking forward to building the club for this region, with a state-of-the-art venue to call their own.

“We see a unique opportunity to fill a professional sports void created from the loss of the Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors to venues outside of the East Bay. We intend to fill that void with soccer, which we see as the up-and-coming sport of the future, both in our region and the nation. A well-conceived stadium complex can be a game-changing economic generator for the right area, and we hope there will be a community that will find an integrated stadium, hotel and conference facility to be an attractive anchor, which will generate jobs and economic vibrancy.

“Our new USL club will be a natural extension of our other sports-oriented activities currently underway in the East Bay,” said Hall, who is presently overseeing construction of the Shadelands SportsMall facility in Walnut Creek. This $45 million-dollar project is one of the largest privately financed indoor youth sports complexes in the United States, covering 250,000 square feet. This highly-anticipated facility, which is expected to complete construction by August 2018, will house seven long-established businesses conducting youth-oriented sports training. Tenants in the Shadelands SportsMall include the Ultimate Fieldhouse Basketball complex, which has recently been home to the Stephen Curry SC30 Select Camp, Encore Gymnastics, American Swim Academy, Vibe Volleyball, Mike Murphy Baseball, Sparta Taekwondo and the anchor tenant of the complex, Copa Reál Soccer Training Studios ( – a subsidiary of Hall’s diversified sports business platform, known as COPA Innovation Laboratories.

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About COPA Innovation Laboratories:

COPA Innovation Laboratories (“COPA Labs”) is engaged in the research, development and production of advanced training tools, the accumulation of athletic talent data through quantitative assessment protocols, and the operation of sports training centers. COPA Labs also expects to launch a suite of franchised business opportunities for sale in 2018-2019, employing the use of its proprietary training systems and devices. COPA Labs’ team consists of software engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, data scientists, sports scientists, trainers and others in facilities located in Northern California and Dallas, Texas. COPA Labs has license agreements and joint ventures, as well, with other firms which have similar or complementary business activities located in the United Kingdom and Germany, and relationships extending into both the Premier League in the UK, and the German Bundesliga. For more information on COPA Labs go to

About Hall Equities Group:
Hall Equities Group is a real estate investment, development, and property management company representing the interests of select private investors and company-sponsored group investment entities. Originally founded in 1962 as a small family residential real estate brokerage business, Hall Equities Group has grown into a diversified property developer and investor with demonstrated success across multiple property types including industrial buildings, multi-family housing, retail shopping centers, branded and boutique hotels, office buildings, self-storage, subdivisions, and master planned communities. In 2015, Hall Equities Group acquired twenty-nine hotels and the corporate assets of ZMC Hotels, a Duluth, MN based hotelier. ZMC Hotels has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Hall Equities Group, and now owns or operates a total of forty-one hotels with eight additional new hotel projects under development. The combined portfolio of Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels now covers 165 properties across nineteen states. For more information on Hall Equities Group, go to

About USL
The USL is one of the most prominent Division II professional soccer leagues in the world, with 30 markets in 20 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces for the 2017 season. In total, the USL reaches a population of 75 million people, fueling the growth of professional soccer across North America.

In 2016, more than $100 million were invested league-wide into stadium infrastructure to create venues that deliver an unforgettable fan and competitor experience. The USL has national media partnerships with ESPN and SiriusXM, and recently invested $10 million to create USL Productions – which includes a state-of-the-art facility that will produce and distribute nearly 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates, USL’s Match Center and international markets.

A growing league, the USL has more than doubled in size since 2014, with Ottawa Fury FC, Reno 1868 FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies debuting in 2017. Fresno FC, Las Vegas Lights FC, Nashville SC, North Carolina SC and a new club operated by Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United are set to join the league for 2018, with Birmingham, Alabama and Austin, Texas set to join the league in 2019. Beyond league play, the USL regularly features international exhibitions against leading Premier League, Liga MX, and Bundesliga clubs, among others.

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications and sponsorship. Follow the USL at, the USL Match Center, and on social media via TwitterFacebook and Instagram.