IllinoisHospitality Waterton hires hospitality specialist April 15, 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via email Waterton, a Chicago-based real estate investor and operator, has hired Matt Mering as executive vice president, hospitality. Mering will be responsible for the formulation and execution of Waterton’s hotel investment strategy, oversight of asset management and further developing investor relationships. Mering joins Waterton with more than 23 years of hospitality experience. He most recently served as director of development at Graves Hospitality, where he was responsible for identifying new hospitality development and acquisition opportunities and oversight of the company’s food and beverage operations. Previously, Mering was a principal at Salita Development, where he served as director of development.