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  • Associations North Appoints Angela Kisskeys and Sarah Ruzek as Co-Directors

     
    POSTED May 10, 2017
     

The governing board of Associations North in St. Paul announced Angela Kisskeys and Sarah Ruzek as the organization’s co-directors. The two will take over for president, Kathy Johnson, CAE. Johnson, who served the association for 28 years, will retire June 2017.

“We expect an organic transition from Kathy’s leadership to our new co-directors," says Ann Kvaal, CAE, Associations North Board chair and owner at AK Communications. "Angela and Sarah are already well-recognized leaders in the association community and within Associations North. Their passion for the industry and its members will continue to serve Associations North well.”

Following a succession plan, which began in 2016, Kisskeys and Ruzek were chosen for their new positions. In the last 10 years, their combined experience and skills have made a significant difference to the organization. By implementing new programs and services and attributing to the overall company growth, they've helped to advance Associations North.

“The board followed a rigorous process and put a significant amount of thought into this decision," says Kvaal. "In the end we decided that this bold, forward looking decision to hire co-directors aligns with Association North’s history of embracing creative thinking and innovative ideas to ensure it is doing what’s best for the organization and our members."

Graves Hospitality has proposed plans for a future development on the current site that will necessitate the immediate closing of Bradstreet Craftshouse in Minneapolis.

The restuarant opened in 2009 in the downtown Minneapolis Graves 601 Hotel. In 2014, Graves Hospitality sold the hotel and the Bradstreet concept was moved to the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis. It opened again in 2015. In approximately 14 months, Bradstreet will open within the InterContinental Hotel, which will be directly connected by skyway to Terminal One of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

 

The soon-to-open Omni Frisco Hotel in Dallas has announced the names of its new director of operations, director of finance, director of sales and marketing, director of engineering, director of human resources and neighborhood services general manager.

The hotel will open in July 2017. All of the announced positions will report to Jeff Smith, hotel general manager.

 

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