Arkansas native and hotel veteran Matthew Newton is the President of Dallas, Texas-based Magnolia Lodging, LLC, a hospitality construction, development and management company.
After earning his BBA at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, he pursued his MBA at the nationally-ranked McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Following his MBA, Matthew transitioned to Dallas in 1992 as a Staff Consultant for Andersen Consulting (currently Accenture), and during his tenure was promoted to Senior Consultant.
In 1996, he joined Shinn and Newton, Ltd., a hospitality company founded by his father, Wayne Newton, and uncle, G. J. "Jay" Shinn. The Shinn family has been active in the hotel industry since the 1940s with their inaugural property - a motor inn - in Magnolia, Arkansas. Matthew joined the group's hotel development team, a role he occupied for the next three years. In 1999, he transitioned to the property level as general manager at the AmeriSuites DFW North in Grapevine, Texas.
In 2001, Jay Shinn and Wayne Newton created Magnolia Lodging, LLC; that same year, Matthew joined the company's development team as the Director of Development. In 2003, he was promoted to President of Magnolia Lodging, a role he occupies today.
Active in the hospitality industry, Matthew has held various memberships and positions in industry organizations. He served on the AmeriSuites Franchise Advisory Council from 2004-2006, and has been an active member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association (THLA) since 2004. He is currently the THLA Chairman of the Board. Matthew began his tenure on the Homewood Suites Owners Advisory Council in 2010. He was also an inaugural member of the Home2 Suites Owners Advisory Council and served from 2012-2016.