Oakwood Expands Franchise Network in Midwest
LOS ANGELES – Jan. 13, 2016 – Oakwood, the global leader in corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions, recently expanded its relationship with American Heartland, Inc. by extending the company’s franchisee agreement to now include exclusive operations management of the Oakwood and ExecuStay brands in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio (excluding Cleveland) markets.
American Heartland, Inc., based in Westerville, Ohio, has been a franchisee for Oakwood since Oakwood acquired the ExecuStay brand from Marriott International, Inc. in 2012. Since that time, American Heartland, Inc. has been recognized numerous times at the Oakwood Franchisee Awards for excellence, most recently having the highest honors for its customer satisfaction ratings and also being honored for its sales achievements.
“American Heartland was founded with the same entrepreneurial spirit as Oakwood and we have found that their culture closely matches ours, which makes it an easy decision to broaden our partnership with them,” said Jeffrey Chase, director franchise sales and development, Oakwood. “Furthermore, it will allow us to fortify our presence in the marketplace, broaden the inventory options available to our clients and provide our clients with greater knowledge of the local market. This enhanced presence for Oakwood in these markets, coupled with the outstanding service capabilities of American Heartland, offers our clients and guests greater options and flexibility with their extended-stay business travel needs.”
Oakwood’s relationships with franchisees and suppliers are an important part of the company’s strategy to expand in key markets, enabling Oakwood to offer more corporate and serviced apartment options in the United States, as well as in established and emerging markets around the globe.
“It has been a tremendous learning experience working with Oakwood and the ExecuStay brand the past several years,” said Mitch Smith, COO, American Heartland, Inc. “With this wonderful opportunity to now also support the Oakwood brand and to expand our footprint in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio we’re excited to continue offering great customer service to our guests, to serve as a strategic partner for Oakwood in the region and to advance our business.”