For Immediate Release
Tiverton (Newport), RI – Kirby D. Payne, CHA was inducted into the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame Thursday December 13th. The other 2007 inductees are Tom Chase, John Holland and Candice Sweeny. They were honored at the Minnesota Lodging Association’s Holiday Party at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minneapolis.
Payne began his professional career as a management trainee in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles with the InterContinental Hotels Corporation although it could be said that he actually started at 4 years old when he moved into the InterContinental in Belem, Brazil when his father was assigned as the hotel’s Controller. He subsequently held various management positions with Hilton Inns, Laventhol & Horwath, Pannell Kerr Forster, Southern Host Hotels, and Groupo Quetzalli, a hotel and resort company based in Mexico City. Immediately prior to starting his own company, Payne was vice president of the hospitality division for ManaDyne, based in Minneapolis. In that capacity, he was responsible for operating more than 30 hotels in 15 states. Presently, Payne and his company, HVS Hotel Management, operates limited- and full-service hotels for third parties and its own affiliates; undertakes consulting assignments and provides asset management and receivership services for institutional hotel owners. Payne, the 2002 Chair of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, was a 19 year resident of Minnesota who recently relocated to Rhode Island.
Chase started in the hospitality industry young, serving as a car runner and porter at the Radisson Downtown Minneapolis when he was 16. He then worked as a bellman at the Bloomington Marriott Hotel before being drafted in the U.S. Army. When he returned, he moved with his family to properties in Portland, Oregon; South Bend, Indiana and Albuquerque, New Mexico before he came back to Minneapolis. The last 18 years he was the area general manager in Minneapolis and the general manager of the Minneapolis City Center Marriott. His identical twin brother Jerry also pursued a hospitality career.
Holland was 10 years old when his parents opened the 13-unit Holland Motel in Detroit Lakes. He later took over the property, now known as the Best Western Holland House & Suites, with a total of 56 rooms. In 1983, he and his wife purchased the 20-unit Best Western Superior Inn in Grand Marais. This property is now the Best Western Superior Inn and Suites. In partnership with his daughter and son-in-law, Holland and his wife opened The Lodge on Lake Detroit in Detroit Lakes in June of 2006. In total, Holland’s properties consist of 177 rooms.
Sweeney recently celebrated her 30th anniversary with American Express®. She began her career as the sole territory manager for merchants and key hospitality associations in Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas. She later was the field liaison for American Express with national lodging and restaurant associations for more than 20 years. After being promoted to regional industry director and to the central region management team, she has been director of Twin Cities market development for the past four years.
The Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame was established to recognize those individuals who exemplify the professionalism and service of the industry. Inductees are nominated by their peers. Each inductee has given more than 20 years of service to the lodging industry, been deemed “a legend” by their colleagues and influenced generations of hoteliers.
Previous inductees include - In 2006: Al Brodie, past executive director of the Minnesota Motel Association; and, Henry Fisher of the Registry Hotel Corporation. In 2005: Harvey Hollenback; Earl Jorgensen; John Kahler; and Roy Watson, (a past chair of the AH&LA), all from the Kahler Corporation in Rochester.
HVS Hotel Management, which provides strategies and services to maximize returns on hospitality investments, is the management division of New York based HVS, a global consulting and services organization focused on the hotel, restaurant, shared ownership, gaming and leisure industries founded by Steve Rushmore, CHA, MAI.