November 2013

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Occupancy wasup 3.1 percent in Wisconsin for October 2013 compared to the same month in 2012. Most market areas saw an increase in occupancy for the month, with the largest increase in Door County. ADR was up 3.5 percent statewide for October 2013, with the largest increase in Green Bay.

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Congratulations to the following WH&LA members on their recent awards & recognition:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Green Bay East was recently awarded the 2013 IHG Quality of Excellence Award for overall guest satisfaction, given to less than two percent of Holiday Inn Express properties. The property was also chosen as an Expedia Insiders’ Select 2013 Hotel for superior services, exceptional guest experience and notable value. The property was also distinguished among IHG hotels as a “Voice of the Guest All-Star hotel” and was awarded a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.

Condé Nast Traveler readers picked two WH&LA member properties for its Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest: The American Club Resort, Kohler, ranked #1, while The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, was chosen for the #4 spot.


WH&LA is proud to announce its newly elected 2014 Officers and Board of Directors, chosen on November 4, at the 2013 Wisconsin Lodging Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva.


  • 2014 Chairman of the Board: Kevin Gallagher, Marcus Hotels & Resorts Inc., Milwaukee
  • 2014 Chairman-Elect: John Chastan, Kalahari Resort Convention Center & Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells
  • 2014 Vice-Chairman: Dan Schetter, BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center, Oshkosh
  • 2014 Secretary/Treasurer: Amy Simchak, North Central Group, Middleton
  • 2014 Past-Chairman: Buck Drossart, The Pointe Hotel & Suites and Conference Center, Minocqua
  • 2014 At-Large Delegate: Lola Roeh, The Osthoff Resort & Spa, Elkhart Lake

Newly Elected 2014 Directors

  • Connie Barbian, IDM Group LLC, Madison
  • Joe Bishop, Procter & Gamble, New Berlin
  • Rick Duarte, Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells
  • Keran Farrell, Steinhafels Commercial Interiors, New Berlin
  • Lisa Farrell, Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
  • Jason Havey, Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
  • Tony Jalan, Heartland Payment Systems, Brookfield
  • Scott Krause, Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake
  • Ann Maletzke, Spur of the Moment Ranch Cabins & Campground, Mountain
  • Kimberly Vele, Konkapot Lodge, Bowler
  • Todd Winkler, Wisco Hotel Group, Madison
  • Aaron Wolf, Comfort Suites Hotel & Conference Center, Green Bay

The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association named the recipients of its top three industry awards at the Wisconsin Lodging Conference recently in Lake Geneva, with more than 240 lodging industry attendees present.

Daniel Schetter, CHA, BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center, Oshkosh, was named 2013 Innkeeper of the Year. The award recognizes one individual each year for outstanding leadership in the Wisconsin lodging industry. He serves as general manager of the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center, where his responsibilities include the sales, marketing and operations of the hotel, restaurant and adjoining 18,000 sq. ft. Oshkosh Convention Center. Dan has been on the WH&LA Board of Directors for four years, actively participating in committees, leading him to chair the Legislative & Tourism Committee, Membership Services Committee and many task forces. Currently serving as WH&LA’s Secretary/Treasurer, Dan is also actively engaged in the local tourism industry both at this newly renovated and re-opened property this year in Oshkosh, but also in recent years when he was the General Manager of the Copperleaf Boutique Hotel in Appleton.

Todd Winkler, Wisco Hotel Group, Madison was named 2013 Corporate Champion of the Year. This new award recognizes an individual in key management of a company owning/operating multiple lodging properties in Wisconsin. He serves as President & COO of Wisco Hotel Group, where he oversees the operations of 11 hotels and 2 full-service restaurants, and also works on the development of new properties and products. Todd has been a member of WH&LA since 1989, and has ensured that all Wisco properties are in membership as the company has expanded. He served two terms on the WH&LA Board of Directors, is the incoming Chair of the Legislative/Tourism Committee, and has been very engaged nationally in leadership positions, including serving as Chairman of Choice Hotels Owner’s Council for two years.

Lisa Hogberg, American Express Company, Wauwatosa, was named 2013 Associate of the Year. The award recognizes one professional each year who services the Wisconsin lodging industry in an exemplary manner. She serves as Senior Manager of Client Management, and has served on the WH&LA Board of Directors, for the past four years, serving on many committees.


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Congratulations to the following WH&LA members on their recent awards & recognition!

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Verona, was awarded the 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group Torchbearer Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award was presented for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation. The property’s general manager, Charles Eggen, was also awarded with the 2013 IGH Best of the Best General Manager of the Year award.

BEST WESTERN PLUS Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center received the Best Western Champion Design Award, awarded to a property whose design and aesthetic is deemed most impressive.

Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, Wisconsin Dells, was named one of America’s Coolest Indoor Water Parks by Yahoo Travel.

Holiday Inn Appleton and Beachfront Inn, Baileys Harbor, received the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.