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ZMC Hotels Restructures Management Team for
Duluth, Minnesota Based Operator of 30 Hotel Properties

Duluth News Tribune, Minn.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

Jul. 23, 2009--ZMC Hotels Inc., the Duluth-based operator of a chain of 30 hotel properties, has restructured its management team.

Kenneth Goldfine will continue to serve as ZMC's CEO and chairman, but John Goldfine, who had been ZMC's president, now will serve as vice chairman, overseeing ZMC's attractions and marine operations, including Duluth's Vista Fleet and the Chattanooga Riverboat Co. in Tennessee.

Todd Torvinen was promoted to the post of president and chief financial officer.

"We've been going through a reorganization to better position the company," said Bill DeSanto, who was recently appointed ZMC's new chief operating officer, Torvinen's old position.

Having Torvinen serve as both president and CFO is part of an effort to streamline ZMC's operations, DeSanto said.

As vice chairman, John Goldfine will continue to provide a public face for the company, pursuing a wide variety of civic duties and working to support "just about anything that promotes Duluth," DeSanto said.

Jo Haubrich, who had served as a regional supervisor for ZMC, also has been thrust into a new role, becoming vice president of operations and regional supervisor. With Haubrich's promotion, the company reduced its stable of regional supervisors to three people.

Meanwhile, Ellen Goldfine Troeltzsch, formerly a regional supervisor for ZMC, is now a project specialist.

DeSanto said the reassignment of duties at ZMC was amicable and took effect a couple of weeks ago.

In Duluth, ZMC operates the Inn on Lake Superior, the Edgewater Express, the Edgewater Resort & Waterpark and the downtown Best Western. The company also operates the Best Western Bridgeview in Superior.

Besides doing business in Wisconsin and Minnesota, ZMC also runs hotels in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

"It's a very tough business right now, but I'm happy and proud to say that we're holding more than our own in all our markets," DeSanto said.

However, DeSanto said the company has put the brakes on expansion plans for the moment, as it waits for the economy to stabilize a bit.

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