Our #1 Asset: Our Team
We take pride in the fact that our associates are our number one asset. These associates create a productive and motivated environment that offers hospitality second to none. Our team of associates puts the customer first with a smile!
Douglas G. Rohde, President and CEO
Mr. Rohde’s vision began in 2001 upon the purchase of the Siren, Wisconsin property and Village concept. Expanding upon this, he and his managing partner Joel Cairy founded Lodge Hotels & Resorts, currently known as LHR Hospitality Management and designed and developed The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter, MN. Mr. Rohde primarily oversees the Operations and Development of each property.
Prior to operating his own hotel management and development company, he was a VP at the North Central Region for Sunstone Hotel Properties, a company with 70 hotels that carried 13 different brands. He also served as General Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing and Food & Beverage Manager at various properties for Larken Hotels, Hilton Hotels Corporation and Marriott Hotels Corporations.
Mr. Rohde earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. He has also served on several boards throughout the hospitality industry and is very involved in tourism legislation throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Doug Karle, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Karle joined LHR in December 2006 as General Manager at one of our full-service properties. Since then, he has been promoted to other positions and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer.
Before joining LHR, Mr. Karle spent more than ten years in the hotel industry, working specifically with Embassy Suites and Holiday Inns. During his career he has been integral in all facets of our business with particular focus on culture, acquisitions, business development, hotel operations, finance and feasibility.
He has a proven track record of ensuring assets maintain a positive culture that is focused on our people which consistently has resulted in financially successful operations.
He volunteers his time in numerous capacities throughout his community as well as communities in which we operate. He recently completed his term as President of The Minnesota Lodging Association and serves on the Board of Directors, co-founded Rockwood’s Jamfest and volunteers with Five Stone Media, serves as Vice Chair of the VHL Alliance and the Veteran of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Karle attended the University of Minnesota studying Geography with an emphasis in Urban Planning.
Casey McComb, Director of Accounting
Mr. McComb joined LHR Hospitality in 2011 as a staff accountant and with increased responsibilities was promoted to Director of Accounting. He oversees all our hotel properties day-to-day accounting procedures, accounts receivables and payables, as well as payroll for each of the properties.
He has a degree in Business Management from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Accounting.
Mark Zovic, Director of Food and Beverage
Mr. Zovic joined LHR in November 2009 as the Director of Food and Beverage Operations. Mr. Zovic is a results-oriented, dedicated Professional with solid experience establishing and overseeing hotel operations while achieving profitability through revenue generation, cost control, guest satisfaction and staff development.
He has held the position of Vice President of Operations for the Lanting Hotel Group and Larken, Inc. specializing in the renovation and operation of financially distressed hotels. He also has a niche for operating specialty boutique properties having served as General Manager of properties such as The Big EZ Lodge in Big Sky, MT, winner of the 2008 Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence and the South Coast Winery Resort and Spa in Temecula, CA.
Mr. Zovic attended the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.
Steve Rohde, Director Regional Operations / Asset Transition
Mr. Rohde has been with LHR since its inception in 2001 as an ownership partner in The Lodge at Crooked Lake and has served as its General Manager since 2003. With over 15 years of hospitality experiences he has held positions in Food & Beverage, Guest Services, Marketing and Accounting with Hilton, Holiday Inn and Marriott.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
Melia E. Nagel, Executive Assistant / Human Resources
Ms. Nagel joined LHR in March 2006. She brought with her more than ten years of experience at the hotel property and corporate meeting planning level. She has worked in the Sales and Catering departments of Hilton and of luxury, independent hotels, where she was responsible for the high-profile political groups and for four of the hotel's Top Ten accounts. She also gained a big-picture understanding of the hotel industry by spending time in every department at a mountain resort in Colorado.
Ms. Nagel earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.