Chris Williams is managing director, commercial banking, and oversees the Western U.S. region for Western Alliance Bank’s Hotel Franchise Finance group. Based in Phoenix, he directs origination efforts for on-book loan opportunities, centered on term and construction loans, for clients with a portfolio exposure across all 50 states.
He brings clients more than 20 years of industry experience and prior to his current role at Western Alliance Bank, Mr. Williams held various roles of increasing responsibility centered on hospitality and commercial real estate lending at GE Capital, Merrill Lynch Capital and Fifth Third Bank out of Chicago.
Mr. Williams graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
Hotel Franchise Finance
Western Alliance Hotel Franchise Finance, a national banking group within Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, is a leading national balance sheet lender specializing in providing real estate loans to owners and operators of franchised hotels in the U.S., wherever business happens. The group’s relationship banking lenders draw on significant hotel and hospitality backgrounds to serve hotel owners and operators with a high degree of expertise and responsiveness. The Hotel Franchise Finance Group is part of Western Alliance Bancorporation, which has more than $70 billion in assets. Major accolades include being ranked as a top U.S. bank in 2023 by American Banker and Bank Director. With significant national capabilities, the Hotel Franchise Finance Group delivers the reach, resources and deep industry knowledge that make a difference for customers.