Debra is responsible for all top line revenue for a select group of Ashland managed hotels, as well as overseeing all sales and marketing efforts.  She  is also focused on increasing guest satisfaction, providing sales training, developing revenue opportunities and managing local initiatives to increase customer and brand awareness.

She provides a broad range of knowledge in strategic market positioning, selling expertise, team building, mentoring and growth/development.  With her extensive hotel background and experience, she has developed a unique understanding of this industry and will assist in building even more exciting opportunities for our hotels

Debra joins Ashland Hospitality with a 14 year record of achievement and demonstrated success driving multi-million dollar sales growth while providing award-winning sales leadership in a highly competitive market.  Her most recent experience includes her post as Regional Sales & Marketing Director for Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) based in Houston, where she provided consulting leadership to 23 IHG franchise hotels during the last 4 years.  During her 7.5 years with IHG, Johnson won several awards and has consistently been recognized for her outstanding performance.  


Roland Welting is currently working at our Holiday Inn Houston East Channelview Hotel as AGM.  Roland began his career with IHG InterContinental Hotels Group in Europe in 1995- 2004.  Roland had various financial positions analyzing hotels for IHG. 

In 2004 he came to the United States and began working for Amir at several different hotels owned and managed by Ashland Hospitality, Inc.

Mari Vasquez was involved with pre-opening and opening of the Holiday Inn Houston East Channelview Hotel as Director of Sales.  Mari has carried the title of General Manager as well during her time with us.

Mari began her career in 1996 with Allied Hospitality working as front desk agent and moving up to Front Desk Manager.  Mari also has opening experience with the Candlewood East Houston hotel where she was the Director of Sales for Extended Stay. 

Groups & Meetings: Please send a short note as to your desired needs with dates.  We will get back to you with in one business day.

General Manager

Jim Mullins

Jim Mullins is our new GM at the BRAND NEW HOLIDAY INN HOUSTON NE BUSH AIRPORT.  Jim comes to us with over 25 years of experience.  Welcome Jim and please feel free to contact him at the Holiday Inn Houston NE Bush Airport.

​Mari Vasquez Director of Sales

Debra Johnson

Vice President Sales & Marketing

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Roland Welting Assistant General Manager