TRT Holdings

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TRT Holdings is a private holding company based in Irving, Texas,[1] that owns hotel chain Omni Hotels, Gold's Gym, Tana Exploration, an oil and gas exploration firm, Waldo's Dollar Mart in Mexico and many investments in other companies.[2][3] It was founded in 1989.[1]


Robert Rowling, co-founded the company, and today serves as Owner, Chief Executive Officer and President.[4]


TRT Holdings was founded in 1989 by Texas oil entrepreneurs Reese Rowling and his son Robert Rowling. They had made a fortune in the oil industry through Tana Exploration Company.[3] The company has made several acquisitions over the years including the Omni Hotel chain in 1996[5] and Gold Gym International in 2004.[6] Cresta Construction Companies in Irving Texas.

Political ties[edit]

In 2010, Robert Rowling, company CEO, donated $1 million to the American Crossroads, a 527 organization that primarily has supported Republican candidates in state and national elections.[7]

In 2018, Robert Rowling, company CEO, donated $500,000 to Texans ARE, a Political Action Committee that's backing Senator Ted Cruz from Texas via their website[8]


  1. ^ a b "TRT Holdings, Inc." Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved on October 22, 2011. "420 Decker Drive Suite 100 Irving, TX 75062"
  2. ^ PR Newswire, TRT Holdings press release,
  3. ^ a b Hoovers, TRT Holdings profile, accessed Oct 15 2010,
  4. ^ BusinessWeek profile of Robert Rowling, accessed October 15, 2010,
  5. ^ Omni Hotels website,, accessed Oct 15 2010,
  6. ^ Texas Business Journal, TRT Holdings is new owner of Golds Gym, June 15, 2004,
  7. ^ Open Secrets, Center for Responsive Politics, accessed Oct 15 2010,
  8. ^ FEC records, accessed September 9, 2018,

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