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CSM Corporation Receives Prestigious Community Impact Award

Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 28, 2013 … CSM Corporation has announced that the company was honored at the inaugural Community Impact Awards, held Thursday, February 21st at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.  The awards were established by Minnesota Business magazine to recognize companies and company initiatives that make a positive impact on Minnesota communities.  CSM Corporation received the “Workplace Giving Campaign Award,” which celebrates a successful employee giving or volunteer campaign created by a company for a specific nonprofit organization.

CSM Corporation Executives receiving the Community Workplace Award (L to R):
Michael Clark - Managing Dirctor, Bill Upshaw - President, Lodging and Residential
Brad Kittleson - Vice President, Property Management, Mary Weber - Vice President, Human Resources
Gary Holmes - President & CEO, Ron Schiferl - Senior Vice President, Commercial Properties
Michelle Culligan - General Counsel, Jon Segner - CFO/COO

“This is such an honor for us at CSM Corporation,” said Bill Upshaw, president CSM Lodging.  “We’ve partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities for the past two years, and truly believe that the people of our organization gained more from the relationship than we could possibly have given.  There is something about giving back that fills you with joy and appreciation.”  Upshaw continued with, “This award belongs to our 2200 employees, who are the heart and soul of our partnership with Ronald McDonald House.”
Over the past two years, CSM Corporation has been actively involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest Division, and earlier this month capped that involvement with a donation of $86,975.  The company, which owns and operates 38 nationally-branded hotels across the country through the subsidiary CSM Lodging, selected Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2012 as their companywide charitable partner.  Along with CSM Corporation’s Home Office contribution, many of the company’s employees actively donated resources, in-kind gifts and personal time, working with Ronald McDonald Houses in more than five states across the country.
The Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill or injured children, so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.  CSM Corporation is one of the largest corporate contributing partners to Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest. 

About CSM Lodging
CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, acquires, develops and manages quality hospitality real estate investments within select markets across the United States. The company is known for their business ethos of treating their customers and associates with integrity and respect, and for their commitment to the future of the communities in which they live and work.

In 1994, CSM purchased its first hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. By the end of 2002, CSM had opened 29 hotels and developed a presence in Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Boston, Detroit, Seattle and Naples. Today, CSM Lodging manages 38 hotels nationwide and continues to achieve awards in design, openings, quality, sales excellence, marketing and revenue management.

CSM Lodging is part of the CSM Corporation family of companies, founded in 1976, which has engaged in the acquisition, development, leasing, management and ownership of quality real estate assets. The extensive portfolio includes retail, office & industrial, multi-family residential, and hotel properties across the United States.


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Also See: CSM Lodging Names Anastasia M. Owens as Regional Director of Field Sales and Marketing / February 2013

CSM Corporation Makes Major Donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities; Largest corporate contributor to Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest / February 2013

CSM Lodging Acquires the 164-key Courtyard by Marriott North/Lynnwood Everett in Lynnwood, Washington / January 2013

CSM Corporation Appoints Bill Upshaw as New President of Lodging and Residential / June 2012

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