Our Partners

At the core of LodgeWorks is our body of accomplished partners.  Each partner exemplifies the spirit and the values of our organization.

Rolf Ruhfus

Chairman and CEO

Rolf Ruhfus

34 years

“It’s all about the team and the opportunity to do something larger organizations cannot. Our senior team is experienced and nimble and has the freedom to move quickly for the right opportunity. Our field teams always take care of the guest. It’s a joy.”

Rolf is involved in development efforts, oversees all investor and financial relationships and is personally involved with all LodgeWorks hotels and their teams.

rolf.ruhfus@lodgeworks.com

    Mike Daood

    President

    Mike Daood

    20 years

    “I’m honored to be part of a team so competent, trusted and steeped in legacy. I share the responsibility with my trusted partners, who are also my friends, to sustain our precious culture and advance our spirit of creativity… the qualities I most admire: honesty, gentleness, decisiveness and intellect.”

    Mike leads development efforts and oversees all of LodgeWorks’ corporate and field administration.

    mike.daood@lodgeworks.com

      Don Marvin

      EVP, Development and Construction

      Don Marvin

      31 years

      “Even after 28+ years in this business, it is still a rush like no other to direct a hotel project from beginning to the last detail and wow our clients and competition.”

      Don oversees all LodgeWorks hotel construction projects and is involved in all company development efforts.

      don.marvin@lodgeworks.com

        Roy Baker

        SVP, CFO and Treasurer

        Roy Baker

        34 years

        “I never planned on leaving public accounting but when the opportunity to work for the people who started LodgeWorks arose, I made the change and after 30 years still know it was the right decision.”

        Roy is responsible for the overall financial administration of LodgeWorks, including all accounting and tax activities.

        roy.baker@lodgeworks.com

          Gregory Epp

          SVP and COO

          Gregory Epp

          16 years

          “As one might expect, I have a passion for numbers and really pay attention to details. I learned these values at an early age growing up as a son of a sole proprietor. What I found when I joined LodgeWorks is that we have the same attention to detail both in our hotels and for our guests. ”

          Greg oversees the financial performance and operations of all LodgeWorks hotels.

          greg.epp@lodgeworks.com

            Cheryl Gilliam

            SVP Brands and Marketing

            Cheryl Gilliam

            26 years

            “I love the chance to create experiences – and that’s what great brands do. Our guests see a composite of thousands of choices that resonate as a brand. Done well it seems so simple. As brand innovators and incubators, we not only get to make it up – we get to make it work. ”

            Cheryl is responsible for LodgeWorks brand, marketing and media efforts.

            cheryl.gilliam@lodgeworks.com

              Blaze Brigman

              VP Operations

              Blaze Brigman

              21 years

              “I was attracted to the hospitality industry as a career path at a young age. Being the seventh of eight children taught me many lessons about personalities, team building and successful “HR chemistry.” I really enjoy being with our team leaders and staff where I feel I make a difference in operational efficiencies and maintaining the growth of our LodgeWorks culture.”

              Blaze leads and oversees the daily operations for the LodgeWorks hotel portfolio.

              blaze.brigman@lodgeworks.com

                Liz Thompson

                VP Sales

                Liz Thompson

                25 years

                “I have always been driven and inspired by the results of successful direct sales. It is what motivates me every day… I find the process of reaching out to customers, meeting their needs and building long term partnerships that make their lives easier the most rewarding aspect of my position.”

                Liz oversees the sales leadership and revenue generating aspects of the portfolio.

                liz.thompson@lodgeworks.com

                  Katrin Klages

                  VP Finance

                  Katrin Klages

                  18 years

                  “A management team, which is also personally invested in each hotel project, ensures a true partnership among all parties involved. It makes it much easier to convince investors of the strength and integrity of our experienced team.”

                  Katrin manages investor and financial relationships based out of Düsseldorf, Germany.

                  katrin.klages@lodgeworks.com

                    Seth White

                    Controller

                    Seth White

                    9 years

                    “I’ve always enjoyed building things and seeing the results of quality built projects. In addition, I’m a numbers/results oriented person. LodgeWorks allows me to use my passion for ground up development and ultimately ensuring the successful operating results of those projects.”

                    Seth oversees the financial performance, operations, and capital purchasing of LodgeWorks hotels.

                    seth.white@lodgeworks.com

                      “We’ve been together a long time. There is a tremendous amount of experience and trust among our team. You rarely find that combination anywhere.” – Rolf Ruhfus

                      Our Team

                      John R. Morse

                      SVP & General Counsel

                      John R. Morse

                      31 years

                      John is responsible for overseeing the legal affairs of the Company, including the legal aspects of real estate development and financing.

                      john.morse@lodgeworks.com

                        Bob Mannon

                        VP Development

                        Bob Mannon

                        2 years

                        Bob oversees all areas of development including market analysis, property selection, land use matters, financial analysis, contract negotiations, estimating and finance structure.

                        bob.mannon@lodgeworks.com

                          Suzanne Chance

                          Senior Director of Interactive

                          Suzanne Chance

                          20 years

                          Suzanne leads the interactive strategy and execution for LodgeWorks, managing initiatives to drive revenue to the hotel’s website and staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends in digital marketing and e-commerce.

                          suzanne.chance@lodgeworks.com

                            Joyce Provencher

                            Director of Hotel Accounting

                            Joyce Provencher

                            26 years

                            Joyce manages the hotel accounting department for LodgeWorks, encompassing accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial statement preparation, and internal audit.

                            joyce.provencher@lodgeworks.com

                              Maria Whiteman

                              VP & Associate General Counsel

                              Maria Whiteman

                              1 year

                              Maria is responsible with the legal affairs of the Company, including the legal aspects of real estate development and financing.

                              maria.whiteman@lodgeworks.com

                                Gary Owen

                                Director of IT

                                Gary Owen

                                31 years

                                Gary oversees IT Systems for the home office.

                                gary.owen@lodgeworks.com

                                  Jeff Thomas

                                  Director of Construction

                                  Jeff Thomas

                                  8 years

                                  Jeff manages the portfolio’s construction from ground breaking to completion ensuring all requirements, installations and inspections are met.

                                  jeff.thomas@lodgeworks.com

                                    Michelle Fiorletti

                                    Director of Revenue Management

                                    Michelle Fiorletti

                                    7 years

                                    Michelle oversees the revenue strategies and implementation for the LodgeWorks portfolio.

                                    michelle.fiorletti@lodgeworks.com

                                      Jennifer McPherson

                                      Director of Human Resources

                                      Jennifer McPherson

                                      13 years

                                      Jennifer provides support for Human Resources, including employee relations, performance management, payroll and benefits.

                                      jennifer.mcpherson@lodgeworks.com

                                        Luke Catlin

                                        Director of IT

                                        Luke Catlin

                                        1 year

                                        Luke oversees all IT Systems and hotel connectivity across the LodgeWorks portfolio.

                                        luke.catlin@lodgeworks.com

                                          Maria Skubal

                                          Internal Audit/Operations Manager

                                          Maria Skubal

                                          29 years

                                          Maria leads internal audits and provides operations support for the LodgeWorks portfolio.

                                          maria.skubal@lodgeworks.com