Frontier Development was founded in 1998, originally as a residential real estate development and investment company. In 2009, the firm relocated its offices to Washington D.C, and rebranded as Frontier Development & Hospitality Group shifting its investment focus to lodging assets. It has since acquired and developed hotels assets with a total capitalization of over $200 million, completing over 75 real estate transactions since its inception. The firm’s management team brings expertise in the areas of acquisitions, dispositions, development, construction management, asset management and finance.

Investment Strategy (Acquisitions)
Frontier employs a value-add investment strategy to acquire under-branded, under capitalized or mismanaged assets in growing markets with multiple demand generators. Its targeted sources of capital range from high net worth individuals, to institutional private equity and family offices.

Evens Charles is the founder and managing principal of Frontier Development & Hospitality Group LLC. A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Charles attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was a Big East Conference Division I football athlete. During his five-year athletic tenure at Temple University, he earned a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters of Education. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Charles was inspired by his landlord and began investing in real estate, which lead him to start Frontier. At the age of 25, he executed his first small transaction that required an out of pocket investment of $1,000 resulting in a $25K profit six months later. This transaction was the catalyst that catapulted Mr. Charles into real estate investing. More than 70 transactions later, Mr. Charles, at the age of 36, had led Frontier to its first hotel investment. The firm has since grown to a nine-figure portfolio.

His accomplishments have been recognized with the 2009 Hotel Owner of the Year Award presented by the National Alliance of African-American Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers; the 2010 Next Generation of Business Leaders Award presented by the Urban Philly Professional Network; 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year awarded by the National Alliance of Marketing Directors; the 2010 Outstanding Hotelier Award presented by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, and the 10 People Under 40 to Watch in 2010, awarded by the Philadelphia Tribune Magazine. He has been featured in various publications such as Hotel Business Magazine, Philadelphia Tribune, Lodging Magazine, Savoy Professional and the Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine. He is also a member of Temple University’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Board of Visitors, member of the Real Estate Executive Council, as well as industry organizations such as the National Alliance of African American Hotel Owners and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

Mr. Charles has been recognized as an innovator within the industry. Maintaining a positive community and industry presence, Mr. Charles has endowed a scholarship in his name at Temple University’s Fox Business School for underrepresented students, serves as a keynote speaker to schools and businesses, and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs.


April 6, 2018
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Largo-Wash DC (Under Development)

One of our hotel development projects is the construction of a 116 suite Homewood Suites by Hilton to be located
March 25, 2018
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Westin BWI Airport

Frontier acquired the Westin hotel at the Baltimore Washington International airport for $34,000,000.  This Upper Upscale hotel features 260 guest rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting […]
December 29, 2015
Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites by Hilton
Columbus, OH

Frontier and Kana Hotels partnered on this hotel real estate venture and acquired the 221 key Embassy Suites from RLJ Lodging Trust in October 2015.  Frontier […]
December 29, 2015
Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

    Along with its strategic partner, Frontier capitalized and acquired this 167-key core asset as a part of a two-property Nashville, TN portfolio at the […]
December 29, 2015
Hampton Inn Nashville

Hampton Inn & Suites at Elliston Vanderbilt – Nashville, TN

This 157 key Hampton Inn Vanderbilt Elliston Place is the second part of the two-hotel Nashville portfolio capitalized and acquired by Frontier in October 2014.
December 29, 2015
Double Tree Hotel Largo

Doubletree by Hilton
Largo-Washington, DC

  Frontier acquired this former 184-key Radisson hotel and implemented a $6MM chic and contemporary transformation to the new DoubleTree by Hilton Largo/Washington, DC which opened on […]
December 29, 2015
Fairfield Inn Atlanta

Fairfield Inn by Marriott
Downtown Atlanta, GA (Past)

  Frontier redeveloped this asset in 2012 while partnering with a best in class hotel management company. This 156,000 square foot, historic, adaptive reuse 156 all […]
December 29, 2015
Comfort Inn Martinsville

Comfort Inn
Martinsville, VA (Past)

  Originally acquired as a Holiday Inn Express then converted to a Comfort in 2010. This 26,000 square feet, 70 room hotel in Martinsville, Virginia, is […]
December 29, 2015
Smythe's Corner Condominiums Downtown Philadelphia

Smythe’s Corner Condominiums Downtown Philadelphia (Past)

Redevelopment of a historic 15 unit mixed use building, located in the heart of Old


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July 6, 2018
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Frontier Development & Hospitality Group Acquires The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport – BWI

Hotel Investment Firm, Frontier Development & Hospitality Group LLC Acquires The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport – BWI
March 26, 2018
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Frontier Development Breaks Ground on $20MM Homewood Suites in Largo MD

    Prince George’s County will soon welcome its first Homewood Suites by Hilton, thanks to Frontier Development & Hospitality Group. Frontier broke ground
December 23, 2015
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Frontier Development Acquires Embassy Suites Columbus

Group LLC along with its JV partner Kana Hotel Group has announced its successful acquisition of the Embassy Suites Columbus from RLJ Lodging Trust. The acquisition […]
December 23, 2015
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60-Second Profile: Evens Charles, Frontier Development and Hospitality Group

  Evens Charles likes to compare his career to the game of Monopoly. “I’m trading in houses for hotels,” the Washington, D.C., native says. Charles didn’t […]
December 23, 2015
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Evens Charles Endows Scholarship at Temple University

  By Fox Public Relations Frontier Development and Hospitality Group’s Founder & Managing Principal, Evens Charles carved a name for himself in the hospitality-focused, real estate […]
December 23, 2015
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Frontier Development Opens DoubleTree by Hilton/Washington DC

DoubleTree by Hilton Largo – Washington D.C. Opens, Marking the First Upscale, Full-Service Hotel in Largo, Maryland MCLEAN, Va., May 28, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE)
December 23, 2015

NAMD Recognized
The Entrepreneur of the Year

The National Alliance of Market Developers Entrepreneur of the Year recognizes the true spirit of entrepreneurism. Recipients have demonstrated business success and
December 23, 2015
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Aries Capital Arranges $7.7 Million Loan For Fairfield Inn, Atlanta

Aries Capital is pleased to announce that Jeff Bucaro, Senior Vice President, from the firm’s
December 23, 2015
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Luxury Hospitality Daily

CHOICE CONTINUES TO RAISE THE DIVERSITY BAR (UNITED STATES) Press release published on 2011-05-26 Grand Opening of Comfort Suites Hotel in Downtown Atlanta this week in […]


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