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. 

The 2022 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held on March 1 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, featured both in-person and virtual learning for representatives of tourism organizations, attractions, lodging properties and other entities. The gathering kicked off with remarks by Gov. Tim Walz and Explore Minnesota Director Lauren Bennett McGinty. 


D’Amico Catering has returned to Walker Art Center as the exclusive culinary and planning service for all private events taking place at the museum. The Minneapolis-based catering company managed the Walker Art Center’s special events and food service from 2011-2016. 


The first time I tried axe throwing was at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming at a memorable outdoor dinner along the river. It was a fun way to get to know other guests at the ranch, with no one being much of an expert at hurling an axe but most being willing to give it a try. However, there is no need to go to a ranch or Wyoming to try this fun team-building activity when FlannelJax’s and Bad Axe Throwing both provide options in Minnesota and beyond.