MADISON, Wis. (July 14, 2011) – The top two spots at HotelRED have been filled. Hotel owner and president of Red Hospitality LLC, Michael Erikson, announced today that Jason Ilstrup, formerly with Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, has been named general manager, and Heather Stetzer, most recently with Marriott Madison West, has accepted the position of director of sales. The 48-all suite HotelRED, located at the corner of Monroe and Regent Streets in Madison and with a most enviable view of Camp Randall Stadium, is set to open this summer. Its contemporary design and independent boutique sensibility are certain to be a hit with visitors to a town long known for its progressive vibe. To sign up for e-mail updates, log on to www.HotelRED.com
Ilstrup spent the last three years in positions
of increasing responsibility at The Iron Horse Hotel, a 100-guestroom
in downtown Milwaukee that was named Boutique Hotel of the Year in
2010. Ilstrup coordinated the hotel’s “Your
Desires” guest preference concierge program and also oversaw the rooms
division. Before that, he spent a year
in Madison at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club.
Before transitioning into a career in
hospitality, Ilstrup served as a congressional aide and chief
having earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota. He
also spent several years as a Peace Corps
volunteer in West Africa.
Stetzer was with Marriott Madison West in
Middleton for four years, serving as corporate sales manager for the
property that also has 50,000 square feet of meeting space. In
the years immediately prior, she was group
sales manager for a large Sheraton hotel in Pennsylvania. Her
degree in business administration is from
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
Once fully staffed, HotelRED will employ 50
full- and part-time employees. Guests
will be treated to modern amenities, including high-end furnishings,
stocked compact kitchens, Euro-style baths, distinctive artwork, a
bar and bistro, valet parking and meeting space for 100, along with
views to the University’s historic field house directly across the
street. HotelRED, whose opening has been much
anticipated since final work commenced earlier this year, is
expected to attract visiting professors and government leaders,
alumni, parents of children attending one of the area colleges, and
travelers who search out boutique hotels when they travel. It is
also the only extended stay hotel in
the city proper.
HotelRED is managed by Inn Development and
Management Group, Fort Atkinson, Wis. (www.inndevmgmt.com).