Favorite Guiding Principle:
Do everything with gratitude and humility

MARK LEWIS a.k.a. "Lew or Sniper"

Mark grew up on a farm in the Midwest. As a youngster, he was expected to help with the chores and was molded by the values and work ethic his parents instilled in him from an early age. Those Midwestern values are still very much evident today. In Mark's opinion, hard work never goes unrewarded, and no job is ever completely done.

Opportunities to personally grow, and mentoring and developing others are two reasons Mark enjoys working at Evolution Hospitality. Spending every day with people you admire and trust and never having to look back or second guess yourself are two more.

Mark is married to Kim, and they have one smart and beautiful daughter, Ariel, who is currently in grad school in Seattle working on her masters. Mark's other passions are the mountains, woods, streams and everything that comes from being one with nature. He is an avid and effective hunter and being dropped into the wilds of Alaska for two weeks with nothing more than a backpack for survival is Mark's idea of fun. It's also the genesis of his nickname "Sniper." Blend that image with some of Mark's amazing homemade fig jelly or salsa created with fruit harvested from his garden, or pictures of his roses, to understand what an interesting and complex person he is.

Years of working on the farm with his dad taught Mark many important lifelong lessons. One is to "Do everything with gratitude and humility," his favorite Guiding Principle. According to Mark, "It's a great reminder that it's not about the individual but the group and that it always takes the team for one to truly be successful."


  • Evolution Hospitality, 2011 - Present
    - SVP, Operations
    - VP, Operations, 2013 - 2017
    - Reg. Director, Operations, 2011 - 2013
  • Tarsadia Hotels, 2005 - 2011
    - Reg. Director, Operations
  • Marriott International, 1982 - 2005