News for the Hospitality Executive
Brad Stevens, Hotel Manager at Shooting Star Casino Hotel,
Elected President of the Minnesota Lodging Association
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA - February 6, 2008 - Brad Stevens, Shooting Star Casino Hotel, Mahnomen, was elected president of the Minnesota Lodging Association (MLA) at its Tuesday, January 22, annual meeting at Hilton Garden Inn in Mankato. Stevens succeeds Howard Anderson of Three Rivers Hospitality in Chanhassen.
Stevens has been with Shooting Star Casino Hotel for 12 years when he started as a night auditor intern. For the past six years, he has been the hotel manager and sales department manager. He has worked closely with the MLA, serving on its human resources, membership, social and education committees.
As MLA president, Stevens said he wants to continue on the path the Association has forged. Two key areas he plans to focus on in his tenure include education and government affairs. The MLA, along with its sister associations, the Minnesota Restaurant Association and the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association, created the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation (HMEF) a few years ago to highlight the excellent career opportunities within the hospitality industry. Stevens said the HMEF has helped implement ProStart, a foodservice industry curriculum, into more than 30 Minnesota high schools, but has not had as much success getting its Lodging Management Program into schools. "We're going to try to get some of them on board this year," he said.
As far as legislative efforts go, Stevens said it will be a busy year at the state capitol as the MLA lobbies for issues important to the lodging industry in Minnesota. One hot issue he identified is keeping the school start date before Labor Day, an item that has been debated at the legislature for many years. Other issues the MLA will address this year include increasing the fines for smoking in non-smoking rooms to reflect cleaning costs and fighting to protect the use of lodging taxes for tourism promotion.
Other officers and board members elected during the Minnesota Lodging Association's Annual Meeting include:
• Vice President Mike Woitas, Country Inn & Suites, Albert Lea
• Bruce Fairchild, Kahler Grand Hotel, Rochester
Directors Returning to the Board to Complete Terms Include:
• Bill Aho, Super 8 Motel, Eveleth
About the Minnesota Lodging Association
|Also See:||Tom Chase, John Holland, Kirby Payne, Candice Sweeney Inducted Into Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame; AmericInn of Mt. Iron/Virginia, Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior Named 2007 MLA Properties of the Year / December 2007|
|Jim Waldvogel, GM Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel, Named Hotelier of the Year by the Minnesota Hotel & Lodging Association / February 2006|