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Red Hospitality Names Jason Ilstrup as General Manager and
Heather Stetzer as Director of Sales for the 48-suite
HotelRED in Madison, Wisconsin

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

Ilstrup spent the last three years in positions of increasing responsibility at The Iron Horse Hotel, a 100-guestroom property 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 legislative aide, 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 292-room 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, fully stocked compact kitchens, Euro-style baths, distinctive artwork, a lobby level bar and bistro, valet parking and meeting space for 100, along with spectacular 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 leisure 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. (

Carla Minsky
920.924.0297 office or 920.979.3420 cell

Connie Barbian
Inn Development and Management Group
920.691.1045 office or 920.723.9585 cell


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