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Minnesota Lodging Association Selects Dave Brott as "2009 Hotelier of the Year"
and  Inducts Doug Anderson into the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame


St. Paul, Minnesota - January, 2010 - The Minnesota Lodging Association has honored Dave Brott (Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomington) with its "2009 Hotelier of the Year" Award. The award was presented during the association's holiday party in December by Bill Foussard of the White Bear Country Inn, last year's honoree. Also the Minnesota Lodging Association has inducted Doug Anderson of DDD Motel Corporation, Mankato, into the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame. 
 
Dave Brott, a native of St. Paul, began his hospitality career as a houseman at the Sheraton Airport and took his first position as a general manager in 1974 at the Sheraton St. Louis. Known for a team-oriented management style with a focus on service, he shared his talents with properties all over the Twin Cities, including: Thunderbird Hotel, Bloomington; the Radisson Plaza Hotel, St. Paul; Normandy Inn, Minneapolis; Holiday Inn, Burnsville; Fantasy Suites Hotel, Burnsville; Holiday Inn, St. Paul East; Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Hilton; Country Inn & Suites Mall of America; and Hospitality Inn & Suites, Bloomington. Brott currently serves as general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomington.
 
Brott earned a reputation as a turnaround specialist by taking several properties from the fringe of bankruptcy to the top ranks of their companies. Additionally, he has overseen the opening of five hotels, including his current property, which opened in 2002. 
 
The state's lodging industry appreciates Brott's willingness to share his knowledge and expertise. For 10 years he taught Hotel Management for the American Hotel & Lodging Association's Education Institute. He has been an active participant in the Minnesota Lodging Association for 18 years, including serving as president, board member and chairman of numerous committees. He has also been a leader in the Bloomington Hotel Association and currently serves as its president.  

Doug Anderson is a native of Willmar and a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College. After a stint in the Navy reserves, he joined the management training program at Dayton's in downtown Minneapolis. His father, Don, was in the fuel oil business, but bought a small roadside motel with 12 units and later added 16 rooms. Don later moved to Rochester with a small ownership interest in the Holiday Inn which was under construction. The hotel opened in November, 1963. Doug joined his father and brother Dean in the management of the Holiday Inn South in Rochester less than a year later.
 
The family ultimately created DDD Motel Corporation in 1968, using the initials of Don, Doug and Dean. DDD Motel Corporation built the Holiday Inn North Mankato in 1969, (Later, the property converted to a Best Western.) Doug served as the general manager. He was also instrumental in the plans and construction of the Holiday Inn Downtown, Mankato, (now called the Mankato City Center Hotel) which opened in 1979. In 1987-88, he managed the Holiday Inn, Bemidji. Today, Doug Anderson is the remaining "D" in the DDD Motel Corporation, as his father and brother have passed away. 
 
Anderson was instrumental in the success of the Minnesota Motel Association, which later became the Minnesota Association of Innkeepers and ultimately merged with the Minnesota Hotel & Lodging Association to become the Minnesota Lodging Association. He is a former member of the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council and was appointed to the Governor's Task Force to investigate Fire Marshal fees. He also served on the advisory board for the International Association of Holiday Inns.

About the "Hotelier of the Year" Award 
This annual award recognizes an individual's professionalism, innovation, leadership and community involvement. In order to be considered for this award, the nominee must:

  • Be employed by a member property of the Minnesota Lodging Association 
  • Demonstrate sustainability/longevity in the business 
  • Contribute to the community and industry on a state and local level 
  • Show passion for the industry 
  • Demonstrate staff development/retention 
  • Achieve business success
Previous recipients of the "Hotelier of the Year" Award include:
2008: Bill Foussard, White Bear Country Inn
2007: Mike Woitas, Country Inn & Suites Albert Lea
2006: Julie Fuller, Hampton Inn Shoreview
2005: Jim Waldvogel, Crowne Plaza Northstar Minneapolis Hotel
About the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame 
Inductees to the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame are selected based upon the mark they've made in the hospitality industry, recognizing the legacy their influence will have on the business into the future. Previous inductees to the Minnesota Lodging Association's "Hall of Fame" include:
2008: Denny Breamer - Minnesota Lodging Association/Minnesota Association of Innkeepers/Hospitality Minnesota 
2007: Tom Chase - Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minneapolis; John Holland - Best Western Holland House & Suites, Detroit Lakes; Kirby Payne - HVS/American Hospitality Management Company, Rhode Island; and Candice Sweeny, American Express Co.  
2006: Henry Fisher - The Registry Hotel, Bloomington; Al Brodie - Past Executive Director of the MN Motel Association & MN Association of Campground Operators 
2005: Harvey Hollenback, Earl Jorgenson, John Kahler and Roy Watson, all from the Kahler Corporation, Rochester
About the Minnesota Lodging Association  
The Minnesota Lodging Association is the state's professional trade association for lodging operators. It provides marketing, legislative advocacy and educational resources for hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, chambers of commerce /CVBs and industry vendors.
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Contact: 

Minnesota Lodging Association
Mary Smith, Marketing & Communications Manager 
Direct: (651) 925-4017  |  mary@hospitalitymn.com
305 Roselawn Avenue E., St. Paul, MN 55117
General: (651) 778-2400  |  www.hospitalitymn.org
 

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Also See: Mike Woitas, Country Inn & Suites Albert Lea, Named Minnesota Lodging Association Hotelier of Year / February 2008
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