John Wagner is a citizen of the world in every respect, and brings that global perspective to bear on all aspects of Cycas Hospitality. He founded the company with a determination to use his experience to create something unique. For more than 30 years, John has been involved in hotel marketing, operations and development. He was born and raised in America, although he is now a British citizen and lives in Amsterdam. He’s also lived and worked in Paris, Prague and London. All of that comes together in the way Cycas operates.
Before Cycas happened, John was a Vice President at Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG). In 2003, IHG asked John to research, plan and develop Staybridge Suites Hotels for the Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EMEA) region. This meant adapting and rolling out the US only brand in a manner that met European expectations. Earlier European experience came via his tenure as Vice President Sales and Marketing, Europe, with Choice Hotels, and his time as President and owner of a hotel management company based in the Czech Republic.
Residence Inn is the leading extended stay brand in the US, and before conquering Europe, John was Marriott’s first Sales and Marketing Vice President for the brand, with responsibility for the Sales and Marketing of its first 125 hotels.
John combines all of this experience with a Bachelor degree in marketing to deliver the concept development and site feasibility, sales and marketing and hotel operations for Cycas. The best of the US and Europe brought together in the shape of the Cycas Hospitality experience.