Steve Sparks has always had a tremendous impact on the companies and people he has coached, managed, or just come in contact with. As an entrepreneur and "coach" his impact has been far reaching. Steve began his career as a highly successful high school and college basketball coach. He left the "court" to gain business experience and founded the Travel Station in 1989. Thirteen years and numerous accolades later, Sparks sold the multi-million dollar business and opened the first of many Wingate by Wyndham hotels in Bozeman, Montana. Under his management this Wingate by Wyndham property in Bozeman received numerous awards for their successful and highly profitable practices. Since entering into the Wingate by Wyndham family Steve has been an active member of the President's Advisory Council for Wingate by Wyndham, has been invited into the Preferred Client Group for Wyndham Worldwide, which recognizes the 'movers and shakers' of the hospitality industry, five years running, and is a member of the Wyndham Hotel Group Advisory Board. In 2004 Steve Sparks expanded his hotel experience and knowledge beyond ownership and single hotel management into the management company horizon. It was at this point that Oasis Management was built and Sparks was named Managing Partner. Steve is responsible for hotel development, and oversees operations, financial services, revenue growth, and sales and marketing. In addition to his duties as managing partner of Oasis Management, Steve spends his time speaking to various classes, groups and organizations teaching the hospitality trade and the importance of community involvement. He also serves on the boards of several local and regional companies, banks and civic organizations to help better their operations. Steve also serves on the Tourism Business Improvement District Board making improvements to lodging and tourism statewide.
DeAnn Sparks supplies a strong accounting and back office management support system to Oasis Management and the properties we manage. Her experience of over two decades in accounting and office management are pivotal in our success. DeAnn’s professionalism, organization, thoroughness, and leadership all exemplify what Oasis Management is all about.
Not only is DeAnn dedicated to the work she does, but she is also dedicated to her family and the community in which she lives. She has volunteered countless hours to the American Cancer Society, P.E.O., Big Sky Kids, Special Olympics, the Montana State University Friends of the Library and many others. Having served as President of her local P.E.O. chapter, DeAnn has mastered time management, hard work and dedication. DeAnn’s knowledge of the many facets of accounting and management, as well as her honesty and loyalty, have made her an extremely valuable asset to every organization she participates in, and the Oasis Management team recognizes this and values her as a team member.
Shelley Lenz's career in the hospitality industry was first spawned in high school where she assisted in the opening of the Wingate by Wyndham of Bozeman, Montana. Every consecutive summer following high school Shelley returned to Montana from the Eller College of Business at the University of Arizona to learn the ins and outs of running a successful hotel. Lenz spent summers working and perfecting every aspect of the hotel, from housekeeping to management. This was just the opportunity she needed to get a good look at the industry and get an overall taste of hotel development, operations & sales.
Upon graduating from college, Shelley spent several months mentoring under Steve Sparks and within a few months had earned the respect and mastered the tools needed to run a successful hotel. She then transferred to Denver, Colorado to open the Wingate by Wyndham Denver Tech Center. Her career in Denver started in outside sales and soon evolved into operations as the General Manager. After two years in Denver, Lenz moved to Henderson, Nevada to open the Wingate by Wyndham- Henderson. Shortly after opening the Henderson property and getting it up and running Shelley transitioned back into the property development phase and guided a team to open the Wingate by Wyndham- St. George, Utah, then another team through the transition of the Clarion to the Ramada Las Vegas. Shelley was, and continues to be, responsible for property procurement and installation of FF&E, having completed the Microtel Inn & Suites Sidney, MT and on to the Wingate by Wyndham Bismarck, ND.
Shelley works daily with property sales teams, guiding them to further success. She also acts as the driving force behind various property improvement projects, from lobby refreshes to full-scale furniture renovations. Shelley’s energy and excitement for hospitality, combined with her expertise in property openings, design/development, and sales & marketing make her a formidable asset.
Christina Pedersen began her hospitality career during college, as part of the opening team of the Marriott in Pueblo, CO. Her intrigue for the world of hospitality was immediate. Christina quickly grew her career by gaining experience in all areas of the hotel. She held positions in the restaurant, banquets, rooms department, HR, administration support, sales and marketing and task force teams. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from CSU-Pueblo, Christina travelled throughout the United States to support newly acquired or under-performing Sunstone Hotel Group properties. After 8 years with Sunstone Hotel Group, Christina worked 4 years with Sage Hospitality Resources, 4 years with Pyramid Hotel Group and 4 Years with Garden of the Gods Club & Resort/Gemstone Hotels & Resorts. Her roles included Director of Catering & Conference Services, Director of Sales & Marketing and General Manager.
She is a hospitality executive who is passionate about continuous learning and creating and nurturing connections with team members, guests and owners. She has been privileged to work with many talented hotel professionals who display true service hearts and she has grown personally in her own life through these relationships. Christina loves to play an active role in the communities which she lives and does business in and is an expert at developing strategic relationships within these communities and the hospitality industry as a whole.
Her special interests and skills include strategic development and planning, project management, as well as embracing and implementing ever-changing new technologies that improve the hospitality industry and guest experience. Knowing that no single approach to hotel operations is right for every property, she relies heavily on her problem solving talents to adapt and implement strategies and procedures which are unique to specific markets, brands and owner expectations of the hotels that she serves.