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Matthew Sparks joins Wyndham as Senior Vice President

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Wyndham Hotel Group has appointed Matthew Sparks as senior vice president of development for the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand.

 In his new role, Sparks will be responsible for the growth and development of the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand’s portfolio through management and franchise agreements throughout the Western United States and Western Canada.

Prior to joining Wyndham Hotel Group, Sparks served in senior and executive level development roles for some of the world’s most well-known hotel companies and brands, including Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Marriott International and Westin Hotels and Resorts.

Most recently, he was senior vice president of global development for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, where, based in Singapore, he directed development efforts for growth of the company’s portfolio in The Americas and Asia Pacific regions.

“With his impressive background of growing hotel brands around the world, Matt is a great addition to our team,” said Jim Alderman, Wyndham Hotel Group executive vice president of global development. “He has extensive knowledge of North American markets and broad experience in deal structuring for management contracts and other complex transactions. These strong assets coupled with Matt's ability to build lasting client relationships will help us greatly as we continue to grow the Wyndham portfolio.”

A graduate of Michigan State University, Sparks currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for the university’s School of Hospitality Business and has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events, including the ALIS Hospitality Investment Conference in Los Angeles, The Lodging Conference in Phoenix and the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific in Hong Kong.

Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses more than 7,000 hotels and 590,000 rooms in 66 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Wingate by Wyndham, Baymont Inn & Suites, Microtel Inns & Suites, Hawthorn Suites, Howard Johnson, Travelodge and Knights Inn.

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