Grand View Lodge, Spa and Golf Resort has been providing groups and leisure guests with memorable getaways since 1916. Located in the Brainerd Lakes Area of Minnesota, the resort’s main property is located on Gull Lake and offers various accommodation styles, eight dining venues, two championship golf courses, a par-3 golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, event and wedding facilities, and activities galore. Here are two recent staff hires of interest to the meetings and events industry.

Denise Schultz has been appointed senior director of sales and marketing for Grand View Lodge, Spa and Golf Resort in Nisswa. With more than 20 years of hospitality experience, Schultz most recently served as director of group sales for HEI Hotels and Resorts, leading sales strategy for The Whitley and The Gwen, two Luxury Collection Hotels. Previously, she held posts with Kimpton Hotels and Resorts in Chicago as an area director of sales and marketing and opening director of sales and marketing at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago. Throughout her career, she held numerous leadership roles with Radisson Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn. and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. Schultz holds a degree in hospitality and tourism from University of Wisconsin–Stout. 

William Coyle is the property’s new executive chef, overseeing banquet operations and seven dining venues including CHAR Craft Steaks, Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar, Northwoods Pub, On the Rocks, Freddy’s Sports Grill, Preserve Pub, Tanque Verde Cantina and Grand Breakfast. He also brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and restaurant industries, with his latest role as executive chef at Mancy’s Steak House in Toledo, Ohio. Prior to that, he held several posts within Hollywood Casinom, including assistant executive chef where he oversaw operations for multiple outlets, and chef positions at Ameristar Casino in Missouri, Francisco Grande Golf Resort and Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Arizona, and more. 

Sun Country Airlines announced a major route expansion to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) adding 15 domestic destinations to its summer 2023 schedule, including three new cities not served by any other airline at MSP.    


New executive role reflects the company’s commitment to clients.

Skyline Exhibits in Eagan, Minnesota, a trade show exhibiting company, appointed industry veteran Mike Montgomery to the Skyline leadership team as senior vice president of client services. In this newly created role, Montgomery will strengthen Skyline’s relationships with clients, support customer growth, and elevate Skyline’s position as the leading provider of custom modular exhibits, the company said.


Some 35,000 people of Native American heritage call the Twin Cities home, and sites across the area have indigenous cultural roots.

Since winning the 2022 James Beard Best New Restaurant in the nation, Owamni by the Sioux Chef in Minneapolis has brought Native American cuisine to the forefront of fine dining in the eyes of foodies. It is one of many indigenous businesses in the Twin Cities.