PROFESSIONAL HOTEL MANAGEMENT

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Awards and Accomplishments

Quality Inn and Suites (formerly Comfort Inn), Watertown, South Dakota

  • The George S. Mickelson Award was presented to the Quality Inn and Suites Watertown, SD in 2016.  This is awarded by the South Dakota Department of Tourism.
  • Quality Inn and Suites, Watertown, SD received the “Platinum Award” from Choice Hotels International for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.
  • Kathy Kuno, General Manager served as the 2012 and 2013 Chairperson of the Watertown Hospitality Committee.
  • Quality Inn and Suites, Watertown, SD was named as one of the top 3 finalist in 2012 & 2015 for Inn of the Year from Choice Hotels International.Quality Inn and Suites, Watertown, SD received the “Platinum Award” from Choice Hotels International for 2012.
  • Quality Inn and Suites, Watertown, SD received the 2011 Outstanding Private Employer award in the small business category from the State of South Dakota.
  • Quality Inn and Suites, Watertown, SD received the “Platinum Award” from Choice Hotels International for 2010.
  • Comfort Inn in Watertown, South Dakota received the “Gold Hospitality Award” from Choice Hotels International for 2008.
  • Traci Hanchett, front desk clerk at the Comfort Inn in Watertown, South Dakota received the “Hidden Hero” award in 2008 from the Watertown Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Kathy Kuno, General Manager of the Watertown, South Dakota Comfort Inn became a Certified Lodging Manager in 2007 from the Educational Institute.
  • Kathy Kuno, former Assistant Manager and now General Manager at the Comfort Inn in Watertown, South Dakota received the “Hidden Hero” award in 2004 from the Watertown Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Comfort Inn in Watertown, South Dakota received the “Silver Hospitality Award” from Choice Hotels International for 2003.
  • Casey Bohling, former General Manager of the Watertown, South Dakota Comfort Inn served as Hospitality Chairperson for the Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Committee in 2003.
  • Comfort Inn Watertown, South Dakota received the “Bronze Award” in 2001 from Choice Hotels International.
  • Marlene Thorkelson received the “Regional Comfort Hero” award from Choice Hotels International in 1997.
  • Comfort Inn of Watertown, South Dakota was named South Dakota Employer of the Year for ARC(Association of Retarded Citizens) in 1994.
  • This property has had numerous employees whom have received Governor’s Awards for Great Service from the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

Country Inn and Suites, Northwood, Iowa

  • The Country Inn and Suites of  Northwood, IA  was awarded the 2012 Presidential Award from Carlson Hotels Worldwide.
  • Employee, Pam Elliott received the 2012 “Heart of the House” Award given out by the Iowa Lodging Association
  • Tara McLaughlin, General Manager of the Country Inn and Suites in Northwood, IA serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Lodging Association.
  • Tara McLaughlin, General Manager of the Country Inn and Suites in Northwood, IA is the 2008 Vice President of the Northwood Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Country Inn and Suites of Northwood, IA was awarded the 2008 Presidential Award from Carlson Hotels Worldwide.
  • The Country Inn and Suites of Northwood, IA was awarded the 2007 Presidential Award from Carlson Hotels Worldwide.
  • Tara McLaughlin, General Manager, is currently serving on the Iowa Lodging Association Board.

My Place Hotel, Brookings, South Dakota

  • My Place Hotel of Brookings, SD received the 2016 Hotel Property of the Year from My Place Hotels.
  • My Place Hotel of Brookings, SD received the 2016 Excellence in Service Award from My Place Hotels.
  • My Place Hotel of Brookings, SD received the 2016 Top Quality Award from My Place Hotel.

Country Inn and Suites, Bemidji, Minnesota

  • The Country Inn and Suites of Bemidji, MN was awarded the 2015 Presidential Award from Carlson Hotels Worldwide.
  • The Country Inn and Suites of Bemidji, was awarded the 2015 Be Our Guest Award from Carlson Hotels Worldwide.