Our Team

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
Douglas G. RohdePresident and CEO
Mr. Rohde’s founded LHR Hospitality in 2001. Acquiring a new Lodge and Conference Center in a beautiful Northwood’s setting fast tracked to much success allowing for quick expansion that led to the umbrella company of Lodge Hotels & Resorts. Soon after, further development and growth of several additional properties including all major brands, our name needed a broader meaning which lead to LHR Hospitality Management. Mr. Rohde primarily oversees development and expansion of the LHR brand, its properties and future growth of the Company.

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 also serves on several boards throughout the hospitality industry and is very involved in tourism legislation throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Doug Karle
Doug KarleChief Operating Officer
Doug began his career with LHR in 2006 as General Manager at one of our managed full-service properties. Shortly after he was promoted to VP of Operations at the corporate level and became a partner soon after and now serves as COO. His background includes over twenty years in the hospitality industry with all major brands including Hilton, IHG, and Starwood. His background includes hotel operations, food & beverage, sales, marketing and human resources. Additionally, he owns and operates residential real estate in the White Bear Lake area. He volunteers his time with the VHL Alliance, Five Stone Media, and VFW Post 1782 in White Bear Lake, MN. He lives in Mahtomedi, MN and spends his leisure time boating, biking and spending time with his family.
Melia E. Nagel
Melia E. NagelExecutive 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.

Steve Rohde
Steve RohdeRegional 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 the General Manager since 2003. With over fifteen years of hospitality experience he has held positions in food and beverage, guest services, marketing and accounting with Hilton, Holiday Inn, Marriott and independent properties. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.