Chris Ballou, CHIA


Chris Ballou, CHIA
14805 Detroit Ave, Suite 420, Cleveland, Ohio
Phone: 216-403-1743


Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University, Accounting and Business Management

Professional Certifications

Registered Real Estate Appraiser Assistant in Ohio

Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics, American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and STR

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio Travel Association
  • National Golf Foundation
  • International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
  • World Waterpark Association
  • National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds


  • Associate, Hotel & Leisure Advisors, Cleveland, Ohio – Present
  • General Manager, Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City, Michigan – 2010-2021
  • General Manager, Great Wolf Lodge, Sandusky, Ohio – 2010
  • Director of Finance, Great Wolf Lodge, Centralia, Washington and Sandusky, Ohio – 2005 – 2009
  • Controller, Sheraton University City Hotel & Penn Tower, Philadelphia, PA – 2002-2005
  • Controller, Six Flags & Resort Campground, Aurora, Ohio – 2001-2002

Chris prepares appraisals, market feasibility studies, economic impact studies, and impact studies throughout the United States. Chris has an extensive background in hospitality operations, both as General Manager for multiple Great Wolf Lodge resorts and as a previous board member of Convention and Visitors bureaus in both Sandusky and Traverse City. He also has a strong financial background from his time spent in financial management with Great Wolf Resorts, a Sheraton full-service hotel, and a Six Flags Amusement park. Chris is a registered Real Estate Appraiser Assistant in Ohio.