Chris Harlow, Vice President, Business Development

Christopher (Chris) Harlow brings an extensive history of business development, project management, architectural design and construction management to his role with True North Hotel Group, and with it, significant value to the company's development, acquisition and third-party management growth strategies.

Having touched more than 300 hotel projects over his career spanning multiple brands within the Marriott, Hilton, IHG and Choice flags, Chris is known for his ability to connect with developers, understand their unique challenges and direct teams to superior service delivery.

As a client manager with Howard & Helmer Architects, Chris had the great fortune to work with Jack DeBoer as the extended stay pioneer launched his fourth extended stay brand, WoodSpring Suites, previously known as Value Place. Chris' contributions to the brand's early success, and his credible grasp on what it takes to develop a brand, eventually brought him in 2011 to BRR, an established national retail architecture firm. Chris started a hospitality division at BRR and for eight years served as the company's national business development officer, representing nearly one billion dollars in construction with some of the country's top hotel developers. He joined True North Hotel Group in 2019.

A 2001 graduate of Kansas State University, Chris is a frequent participant on industry panels and steering committees focused on the development process including, specifically, modular construction.

The mantra, “Men for Others,” ingrained within Chris from his early years in school, today guides his philanthropic path. A past two-term board president of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, NW Missouri/Kansas region, Chris is involved with Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Habitat for Humanity and other various Kansas City-area charities.
Monday August 10, 2020