WH&LA honored Bob Dhir, DHIR Group LLC, Milwaukee as its 2011 Innkeeper of the Year and Keran Farrell, Steinhafels Commercial Interiors, New Berlin as its 2011 Associate of the Year at the Wisconsin Lodging Conference on November 7 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton.
Bob Dhir is the Owner/President & CEO of the DHIR Group LLC, whose portfolio currently consists of the recent award-winning Quality Inn Milwaukee/Brookfield; Best Western PLUS Milwaukee Airport; and Super 8 Milwaukee Airport. Dhir and his wife, Anita, are a well-known team in the Dhir Group, continually striving to make their properties the best from the inside to the outside in operations, appearance and service.
Dhir has served for the past six years on the WH&LA Board of Directors, and was instrumental in gaining approval for the change of the organization’s name from the Wisconsin Innkeepers Association to it’s current name. He has also served as president of the Wisconsin Coalition of Asian-Indian Organizations, and serves on the advisory boards of franchisors Wyndham Hotels Group/Super 8, and Choice Hotels International.
Keran Farrell is the Director of Contract Sales for Steinhafels Commercial Interiors, with responsibilities including directing the sales efforts for furniture, fixtures and equipment, including mattress sales to Wisconsin lodging properties, hospitals, universities, and commercial applications in general.
Farrell served on the WH&LA Board of Directors from 2005 – 2010, was recently elected to a new term starting in 2012, and he regularly participates in WH&LA committee and task force meetings.
For their service to the lodging industry, both honorees also received a special commendation from Governor Scott Walker.