Texas Western History

Our history. (Or hospitality, Gene Carter-style.)

A seasoned developer, Gene’s been an owner and operator in the hospitality industry for more than 45 years. Fueled by a near ridiculous passion for the industry, Gene founded Western International in the mid-1960s, launching a successful independent chain of hotels in the Pacific Northwest. He also developed several key properties for Ramada.

Then in the ’90s, he began working exclusively with Hilton and Marriott. In 2002, Gene founded Texas Western Hospitality, focusing on hotel management and operations.

Today, Western International has helped develop more than 130 hotels, and Texas Western Hospitality operates more than 35 properties under the Hilton, Marriott, and IHG monikers. And, we’re growing faster than ever. That’s because that same passion for hospitality that drove Gene throughout the years is alive and well in all of our associates.

  • 1965
    • B. Gene Carter launches Western International
    • WI begins developing independent chain of hotels in Pacific Northwest, along with key Ramada Inn properties
    • Opens Ramada Inn in Sherman, TX
  • 1966
    • Opens Empire Gardens in Dallas, TX
    • Opens Regal Gardens in Dallas, TX
    • Opens Royal Gardens in Dallas, TX
    • Opens Willowbrook Gardens in Houston, TX
  • 1968
    • Opens Ramada Inn Northgate in Seattle, WA
  • 1970
    • Opens Ramada Inn in Portland, OR
  • 1971
    • Opens Greenwood Inn in Denver, CO
  • 1972
    • Opens Greenwood Gardens in Denver, CO
  • 1973
    • Opens Greenwood Inn in Beaverton, OR
  • 1974
    • Opens Greenwood Inn in Olympia, WA
    • Opens Greenwood Gardens in Beaverton, OR
  • 1976
    • Opens Greenwood Inn in Bellevue, WA
    • Opens Greenwood Inn in Dallas, TX
  • 1984
    • Opens Bois du Lac condominiums in Dallas, TX
  • 1985
    • Opens Bois du Cheve condominiums in Dallas, TX
    • Opens Village on the Creek in College Station, TX
  • 1986
    • Opens Wilshire Court in Dallas, TX
    • Opens Park Plaza in Highland Park, TX
  • 1988
    • Opens first Residence Inn by Marriott - Market Center in Dallas, TX
  • 1990
    • WI Starts working exclusively with Hilton and Marriott
  • 1998
    • WI/Gene Carter earns Marriott’s “Developer of the Year”
  • 2001
    • WI/Gene Carter earns Marriott’s “Partnership Circle Award”
  • 2002
    • Texas Western Hospitality is founded
  • 2005
    • WI develops its 100th property
  • 2006
    • Opens first Homewood Suites by Hilton in Stafford, TX
  • 2007
    • Texas Western manages its 40th property
    • WI earns Marriott’s “Developer of the Year”
  • 2009
    • WI on track to develop more new properties each year
    • WI earns Hilton’s “Developer of the Year”
    • WI on track to develop 10 new properties in three years

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