News for the Hospitality Executive
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.
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.
About the "Hotelier of the Year" Award
2008: Bill Foussard, White Bear Country InnAbout 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 MinnesotaAbout 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.
Minnesota Lodging Association
|Also See:||Mike Woitas, Country Inn & Suites Albert Lea, Named Minnesota Lodging Association Hotelier of Year / February 2008|