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Kim Schaefer on the Growth of Great Wolf Resorts

Kim Schaefer on the Growth of Great Wolf Resorts

Known affectionately throughout the brand as “Mama Wolf,” Kim Schaefer has led the “pack” as CEO of Great Wolf Resorts since January 2009. While Schaefer recently transitioned to chief brand officer and will move to the board of directors next ...

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How Commune CEO Niki Leondakis Got to the Top

How Commune CEO Niki Leondakis Got to the Top

As the granddaughter of a Greek diner owner in western Massachusetts, Niki Leondakis has very fond memories of growing up in the hospitality business. “I watched my grandmother’s unique version of hospitality and how she balanced and juggled all the ...

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How Michelle Russo Built HotelAVE from the Ground Up

How Michelle Russo Built HotelAVE from the Ground Up

After leaving her job as a leisure analyst at Deutsche Banc, Michelle Russo started driving around New England in her Jetta, looking for small roadside hotels she could afford to buy. During her three years on Wall Street, Russo garnered ...

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Three Tips from Women in Senior Leadership

Three Tips from Women in Senior Leadership

Although the executive ranks remain male dominated, women in hospitality have made great strides. During a Women in Senior Leadership panel, presented by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the American Hotel & Lodging Association this week in ...

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Four Questions for Nancy Johnson

Four Questions for Nancy Johnson

As the American Hotel & Lodging Association chair in 2012, Nancy Johnson made it loud and clear that the $137 billion lodging industry, which employs more than 1.8 million workers nationwide, is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Johnson, ...

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