Marlin Thomas began his professional life working in his family’s poultry business. As this business grew, the Thomas Family had a desire to be involved in the hospitality field and opened a 30-unit motor inn and 100-seat family restaurant in 1966 and 1967.
Under Marlin’s leadership, these endeavors grew and now, four decades later, his business portfolio includes the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Lancaster, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton in Harrisburg, Property Management & Development, Corporate Services and the recently announced expansion of the Willow Valley Inn & Suites
In the early 1980’s, Marlin and Willow Valley Associates also began the development and management of the retirement communities with a vision of bringing the hospitality model to senior living. Today, the award-winning Willow Valley Communities are among the most respected and largest retirement communities in the United States, with more than 2,500 Residents from 37 states.
Marlin has received numerous Awards/Recognitions including:
“Entrepreneur of the Year Award” from Ernst & Young
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce distinguished “Exemplar Award”
Delegate to the Republican National Convention representing the 16th Congressional District
Societas Generalis, honorary society of Lancaster General Health
Through the years, Marlin has been active in numerous charitable and business foundations and boards including the Lancaster Health Alliance, Water Street Ministries, and Global Disciples International Board.
Marlin lives south of Lancaster with his wife. They have two daughters, four granddaughters and two grandsons.