November 2015

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The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association named the recipients of its top three industry awards at the Wisconsin Lodging Conference this week at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.

Innkeeper of the Year: Jason Ilstrup, HotelRed, Madison

Jason Ilstrup has been the General Manager of HotelRed in Madison since it’s opening 4 years ago, quickly making his positive mark on the community and the area lodging industry, as well as being nominated and elected to serve on the WH&LA Board of Directors. Just elected at the Conference to serve as WH&LA’s 2016 Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive Committee, Jason also is actively engaged in leadership roles in the Madison lodging and tourism industry.

Corporate Champion of the Year: Kevin Gallagher, Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Milwaukee

Kevin Gallagher is Senior Director – Project Management for Marcus Hotels and Resorts in Milwaukee. His responsibilities include to lead and direct all design and construction projects for all Marcus Hotel, which involves developing the scope and scheme of the work with the focus on how to improve the hotels performance.

In addition to serving as WH&LA’s Chairman of the Board in 2014, Kevin has served five years on the WH&LA Executive Committee, chaired the Legislative/Tourism Committee in 2008, and the Education/Conference Committee in both 2010 and 2013.

Associate of the Year: David Jerrett, Bay Towel, Green Bay

David Jarrett is the COO of Bay Towel, Inc., having been there 17 years. He is the chief caretaker of the brand, and considers it his job to ensure that they are consistently delivering the Bay Towel Experience across all business units. He is responsible for the attainment of all short and long term financial and operational goals through the continued implementation of redesigned strategic business and organizational effectiveness plans that have reshaped the strategic direction and vision for the organization.