It’s me again, Renee Ryan. I finished my latest book and hit the deadline, barely. That means I’m starting the next book this week. It’s Book Nine (9!) in my Charity House series. More importantly, it’s the final book in the series. That’s right. I’ll be wrapping up the series in a few months. Book 9 (title still in the works) will be a July 2015 release. Not only will this book end the Charity House series, it will launch my next historical series. I’m looking forward to bringing back many characters. Think of this as a reboot. Fun, right?
Anyway, when last I blogged I introduced you to the hotelier Conrad Hilton because he is the model (of sorts) for the hero of the book I’ve been talking about today. I gave you some Fast Facts on Conrad, with the promise of more detail about how he got into the hotel business.
Since I’m back on deadline, with an even shorter delivery date than last time, I’m going to continue with my Fast Facts format. You’ll probably see this format a lot in the coming months. So, here we go. Fast Facts on Conrad Hilton’s business experience and entrance into the hotel industry!
- Conrad received his entrepreneurial mentality from his father, who owned a general store in Socorro, New Mexico
- In his early twenties, he became a Republican representative in the first New Mexico State Legislature, just after the state was formed
- He made the decision to become a banker during his stint with other like-minded men he worked with in the legislature
- He moved to Texas during the oil boom in 1919 with the intention of buying a bank
- When the sale of the bank fell through, he bought his first hotel in Cisco, Texas—the 40-room Mobley Hotel
- This first venture into the hotel industry was so successful he converted the dining room into additional hotel rooms to meet the demand
- He went on to buy more hotels throughout Texas, including the following:
The Dallas Hilton, opened in 1925The Abilene Hilton, opened in 1927The Waco Hilton, opened in 1928The El Paso Hilton, opened in 1930
He built his first hotel outside of Texas in Albuquerque, New Mexico, opened in 1939
During the 1940s, he expanded west to California and east to New York and Chicago. His purchases included the Waldorf-Astoria in New York
In 1946, he formed the Hilton Hotels Corporation and, in 1948, he formed the Hilton International Corporation
His was the first international hotel chain
What a fascinating man, right? In honor of my beginning the last Charity House book I’m giving away a copy of Book Eight, HIS MOST SUITABLE BRIDE, or any book from my back list if you already have the book. All you have to do is leave a comment to be included in the drawing.