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 Vice President of Operations at the corporate level.

Before joining LHR, Mr. Karle spent more than ten years in the hotel industry, working specifically with Embassy Suites and Holiday Inns. During his tenure with Holiday Inns, he increased service and quality scores significantly, which made his hotel one of the Top 60 Best Holiday Inns. Under his leadership, the hotel implemented excellent cost and labor controls, which resulted in a Gross Operating Profit that was 21% higher than the budget.

He volunteers his time in numerous capacities throughout his community as well as communities in which we operate. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Lodging Association, Co-founded the Otsego Jamfest and volunteers with The White Bear Lake Historical Society, Veterans Organizations and others.


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

Mark ZovicMr. 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.


DoubleTree Hotel U of MN
Minneapolis, MN

The Lodge at Crooked Lake
Siren, WI

Holiday Inn Minneapolis NW
Elk River, MN


The Lodge at Giants Ridge
Biwabik, MN

MainStay Hotel & Suites
Coralville, IA
University Inn
Minneapolis, MN


Red Lion Inn & Suites

Fargo, ND

Iron Mountain, MI


Big Sandy Lodge & Resort
McGregor, MN 


Flat Creek Inn & Suites

Hayward, WI 


 Holiday Inn Express
Hudson, WI

~ Opening 2018~


The Mississippi Valley Grill & Bar
Elk River, MN

Wildwoods Pizza Co.
Elk River, MN 

Water Parks

Wildwoods Indoor Water Park
Elk River, MN

LHR owns, operates and manages 705 guestrooms and approximately $55 million in hotel assets. It manages approximately 250 employees and generates nearly $13 million in annual revenues.

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