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

 36 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 Daood

President

Mike Daood

 23 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 Marvin

EVP, Development and Construction

Don Marvin

 34 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 Baker

EVP, Finance and Treasurer

Roy Baker

 37 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 Epp

SVP and COO

Gregory Epp

 19 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 Gilliam

SVP Brands and Marketing

Cheryl Gilliam

 29 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.

John R. Morse

SVP and General Counsel

John R. Morse

 34 years 
I have had the pleasure and privilege to have been a part of this team for going on 35 years. In this time, we have developed and managed over 120 hotels (and we are not done yet). Every day brings a new opportunity to support our team at the hotels who do an incredible job of providing customer service at the highest level. I am proud to be a small part of the success that LodgeWorks represents.

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

Blaze Brigman

VP Operations

Blaze Brigman

 24 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 Thompson

VP Sales

Liz Thompson

 28 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 Klages

VP Finance

Katrin Klages

 20 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.

Seth White

VP and CFO

Seth White

 12 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

Our Team

Jeff Thomas

Director of Construction

Jeff Thomas

 11 years 

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

Jennifer McPherson

Director of Human Resources

Jennifer McPherson

 16 years 

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

Jennifer Regan

Director Brands and Marketing

Jennifer Regan

 11 years 

Jennifer manages the day-to-day marketing efforts for Archer Hotel and supports our other great brands.

Joyce Provencher

Director of Hotel Accounting

Joyce Provencher

 29 years 

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

Larry Cooper

Assistant Project Manager

Larry Cooper

 29 years 

Larry assists the construction team on new hotel builds and provides ongoing support for our hotels after opening.

Leanda Weaver

Director of Corporate Accounting

Leanda Weaver

 29 years 

Leanda manages the corporate accounting department, including accounts payable, banking responsibilities and preparation of corporate financial statements.

Luke Catlin

Director of IT

Luke Catlin

 4 years 

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

Maria Skubal

Director of Field Accountancy

Maria Skubal

 32 years 

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

Maria Whiteman

VP and Associate General Counsel

Maria Whiteman

 4 years 

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

Marko Poznanovich

Regional Revenue Manager

Marko Poznanovich

 8 years 

Marko is responsible for daily revenue management, strategy and implementation for the LodgeWorks portfolio.

Matt Aarstad

Regional Revenue Manager

Matt Aarstad

 4 years 

Matt is responsible for daily revenue management, strategy and implementation for the LodgeWorks portfolio.

Megan Gederian

Brand Manager

Megan Gederian

 5 years 

Megan is a key field liaison ensuring a consistent brand experience across the hotel collection.

Michelle Fiorletti

Director of Revenue Management

Michelle Fiorletti

 10 years 

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

Michelle Holle

Director of Tax

Michelle Holle

 19 years 

Michelle oversees the tax department and is responsible for investor and hotel income tax compliance.

Nick Langerot

Senior Project Manager

Nick Langerot

 3 years 

Nick manages hotel construction from groundbreaking to opening, working to ensure the highest quality by managing all requirements, installations, inspections and general contracting standards.

Sandie Vogt

Operations/Sales Manager

Sandie Vogt

 22 years 

Sandie supports and manages the day-to-day efforts of our sales and operational teams.

Scott Neumann

Field Food and Beverage Manager

Scott Neumann

 3 years 

Scott assists in food and beverage operations at our hotels and is responsible for menu creation and development for the suburban Archer Hotel locations.

Shannon Kane

Regional Director of Sales

Shannon Kane

 9 years 

Shannon is responsible for the top line revenue of the LodgeWorks portfolio.

Sheila Keaton

Copywriter and Content Coordinator

Sheila Keaton

 2 years 

Sheila develops copy and coordinates content for websites, blogs, newsletters, advertising and sales collateral, online marketing and presentations.

Shelby Kaufman

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Shelby Kaufman

 4 years 

Shelby supports the portfolio in the day-to-day interactive efforts.

Suzanne Chance

Sr. Director of Digital Marketing

Suzanne Chance

 23 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.