At the core of LodgeWorks is our body of accomplished partners. Each partner exemplifies the spirit and the values of our organization.
Rolf RuhfusChairman and CEO
Rolf Ruhfus34 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.
Mike Daood20 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.
Don MarvinEVP, Development and Construction
Don Marvin31 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.
Roy BakerSVP, CFO and Treasurer
Roy Baker34 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.
Gregory EppSVP and COO
Gregory Epp16 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.
Cheryl GilliamSVP Brands and Marketing
Cheryl Gilliam26 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.
Blaze BrigmanVP Operations
Blaze Brigman21 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.
Liz ThompsonVP Sales
Liz Thompson25 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.
Katrin KlagesVP Finance
Katrin Klages18 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.
Seth White9 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.
“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
John R. MorseSVP & General Counsel
John R. Morse31 years
John is responsible for overseeing the legal affairs of the Company, including the legal aspects of real estate development and financing.
Bob MannonVP Development
Bob Mannon2 years
Bob oversees all areas of development including market analysis, property selection, land use matters, financial analysis, contract negotiations, estimating and finance structure.
Suzanne ChanceSenior Director of Interactive
Suzanne Chance20 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.
Joyce ProvencherDirector of Hotel Accounting
Joyce Provencher26 years
Joyce manages the hotel accounting department for LodgeWorks, encompassing accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial statement preparation, and internal audit.
Maria WhitemanVP & Associate General Counsel
Maria Whiteman1 year
Maria is responsible with the legal affairs of the Company, including the legal aspects of real estate development and financing.
Jeff ThomasDirector of Construction
Jeff Thomas8 years
Jeff manages the portfolio’s construction from ground breaking to completion ensuring all requirements, installations and inspections are met.
Jennifer McPhersonDirector of Human Resources
Jennifer McPherson13 years
Jennifer provides support for Human Resources, including employee relations, performance management, payroll and benefits.