Ronnei named Outstanding Individual in Tourism
Mark Ronnei, general manager of Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, was named the Outstanding Individual in Tourism for his long-term work and commitment to the Minnesota tourism industry at the annual Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference at the Saint Pa...
Mark Ronnei, general manager of Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, was named the Outstanding Individual in Tourism for his long-term work and commitment to the Minnesota tourism industry at the annual Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.
During his 35-year tenure at the historic property on Gull Lake, Ronnei has been actively involved in state and local development and tourism initiatives, with a passion for preserving Minnesota's cherished resort industry.
"This is truly a great honor," Ronnei said in a news release. "I work with the best team imaginable and we strive everyday to make the Brainerd lakes area an incredible place to live and work. Providing the finest vacation experience is important to our guests and it is our mission in everything we do. To be recognized by Explore Minnesota Tourism is very flattering and means the world to me."
Ronnei previously held a position in sales, real estate and resort operations. Since then he has gained the title of general manager at Grand View Lodge, making him responsible for the management of resort operations. He represents the company in the areas of planning and permitting for new developments and projects. He also chooses to serve as a representative of resort preservation and strives to design models that allow for economic stability and sustainability of the resources that help the resort community.
Ronnei is also a member of the following nine organizations: Minnesota Tourism Council, member; Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, board member; Brainerd School District Community Budget Committee, member; Central Lakes College President's Advisory Committee; Nisswa Library Board member; Christian Business Men's Connection member; Church Congregational Care Committee chairperson; Lakewood Evangelical Free Church chairperson; Habitat For Humanity Finance Committee.
Other awards were given to individuals, organizations and tourism-related businesses to recognize creative and successful travel marketing programs by Minnesota tourism entities.