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Wisconsin Innkeepers Association Elects Jeff Machut 2007 Chairman
of the Board, Along with New Officers and Directors
Lake Geneva, WI (November 20, 2006) – Jeff Machut, Owner and General Manager of the AmericInn Lodge & Suites – Madison South, was elected the Wisconsin Innkeepers Association (WIA) 2007 Chairman of the Board.  Machut takes over Chairman duties from Lola Roeh, The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, effective January 1, 2007.

Machut is a past WIA Manager of the Year Award Recipient. He previously chaired the WIA Legislative/Tourism Committee and served on the Governor’s Small Business Regulatory Reform Task Force. Machut has spent the past three years as both a member of WIA’s Board of Directors and the association’s Executive Committee.

The WIA looks forward to Machut’s guidance and expertise throughout 2007. 

Also at its Annual Lodging Conference held October 30 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, the Wisconsin Innkeepers Association (WIA) elected Scott Krause and Kirk Drusch, CHA, as Officers to the 2007 Board of Directors. 

Krause, General Manager of the Heidel House Resort in Green Lake, was named Chairman-Elect. Krause was recently honored with the 2005 WIA Innkeeper of the Year Award at last year’s Wisconsin Lodging Conference. He has also served as the Chairman of the WIA Communications/Marketing Committee.

Drusch, Vice President and General Manager of the Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center, was named WIA’s Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, Drusch was named the association’s “Innkeeper of the Year” for 2006. Drusch has served on the Board of Directors for the past six years.

Named as Lodging Directors for 2007 were:

  • Teresa Gobeli, Co-Owner of Gasthaus Motel in Monroe, and Swiss Aire Motel in New Glarus.
  • Tom Hyslop, General Manager of Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva
  • Mary Shaw, General Manager of the Super 8 Motel, Green Bay
Also re-elected to serve another three-year term on WIA’s Board of Directors were:
  • Brian Brandstetter, President of Cornerstone Hotel Management, Inc., De Forest
  • Buck Drossart, CLM, General Manager of The Pointe Hotel & Suites and Conference Center, Minocqua
  • Pat Olejniczak, General Manager of The Kress Inn in De Pere
  • Victoria Ross, Co-Owner of Ross’ Teal Lake Lodge in Hayward
  • Kari Zambon, Co-Owner of Rhinelander’s Holiday Acres Resort
The Wisconsin Innkeepers Association (WIA) represents over 1,100 hotels, motels, resorts, inns, hotel condos, and bed & breakfasts throughout Wisconsin.

Established in 1896, the WIA provides marketing, education, legislative, and information services to Wisconsin’s lodging industry.


Trisha A. Pugal

Also See: Kirk Drusch Honored as the Wisconsin Innkeepers Association 2006 Innkeeper of the Year / November 2006
Scott Krause, General Manager of the Heidel House Resort, Green Lake, Named 2005 Innkeeper of the Year by the Wisconsin Innkeepers Association / November 2005
Dan Dick, CHA GM of the Tundra Lodge Resort & Waterpark, Green Bay, Awarded 2004 Wisconsin Innkeeper of the Year / November 2004

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