[Congressional Record Volume 168, Number 178 (Thursday, November 17, 2022)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1162-E1163]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                      IN MEMORY OF SCOTT TARWATER


                        HON. MICHAEL C. BURGESS

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, November 17, 2022

  Mr. BURGESS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of Scott 
Tarwater, a man whose life was marked by excellence and deep influence 
within his community. Over the years, Tarwater developed a profound 
reverence for the state of Texas and committed his life to encouraging 
the growth of North Texas whilst preserving its storied past. During 
his childhood, Tarwater watched the land around him transform as the 
Army Corps of Engineers began the development of Lake Grapevine along 
his family farm property. Tarwater and his wife, Donna, were married on 
the third step of the family's historic farmhouse, which showcases not 
only the union of two individuals as one married couple, but the union 
of reverence for the past and hope for the future which defined 
Tarwater's life. He watched and participated as a young man alongside 
his family as they partnered with Peter Paul Stewart, a landman who 
developed the treasured family farm into Lakeside Village. The Tarwater 
family farm now also serves as the grounds for Lakeside Tower, which 
has facilitated travel and business to the Flower Mound community. In 
March 2020, the Tarwater farmhouse was transported from Flower Mound to 
Grapevine, to make room for the influential Lakeside Village and to be 
enshrined forever as a historical landmark and testament to the 
Tarwater's investment in North Texas. Mr. Tarwater's professional life 
began with picking tomatoes on the farm and as he furthered his career, 
he kept his family's joy of continually serving their community close 
at heart. Following his graduation from Stephen F. Austin State 
University, Tarwater pursued a series of remarkable business successes 
in the hospitality industry. He worked as Senior Vice President of 
Sales and Marketing from 1982 to 1985 at American International Rent a 
Car, Inc., managing global accounts and developing his skills as a 
salesman of international renown. In the following years he became 
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Windsor Hospitality 
Group, dedicating 10 years of his life to the company between 1990 and 
2000. Tarwater spent the largest portion of his career with John Q. 
Hammons Hotels & Resorts. Hammons Hotels & Resorts was considered at 
one point to be the largest private owner and hotel management company 
in the U.S., due to John Hammons' skill as well as his foresight in 
selecting Scott Tarwater to work as his close associate and business 
partner. Tarwater spent the final part of his career as Executive Vice 
President of Development Services with New Stream Capital. In his 
collective professional life, Tarwater managed the sales and marketing 
efforts of over 101 upscale hotels over the course of 15 years with 
both Windsor Hospitality and Hammons Hotels & Resorts. Throughout this 
great international success, Tarwater also kept Grapevine and Flower 
Mound in mind. In his work at New Stream Capital and Hammons Hotels,

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Tarwater established the first hotel in Flower Mound, the Flower Mound 
Courtyard River Walk, and Grapevine's Embassy Suites Hotel. Though 
Tarwater lived a life of travel and adventure, he never lost sight of 
North Texas and its rich history. Tarwater embodies the best of Texas 
as a trailblazer and dedicated family man. Acquaintances and coworkers 
of Tarwater alike have appreciated his sincere friendship and the joy 
with which he approached life and work. Scott Tarwater has 
fundamentally propelled Grapevine and Flower Mound into a force on the 
world stage and preserved its historical integrity for years to come. I 
am honored to recognize the life of Scott Tarwater and his exemplary 
service to North Texas. I thank Mr. Tarwater for his excellence and 
dedication to the community we all hold so dear. I offer my condolences 
to the Tarwater family and Scott's loved ones and hold his example 
close to my heart.