Such is the case with Meet Minneapolis partner, The Marquette Hotel. The Marquette General Manager, Todd Temperly and his team were recently awarded the Large Property of the Year award by the Minnesota Lodging Association (MLA). The selection was based not only on the level of service that the hotel delivers but also on those attributes that don’t always get recognized, like community service initiatives.
The foundation of the commitment to giving back is the hotel’s Blue Energy Committee that is made up of team members from all departments in the hotels. Their outreach efforts have touched such organizations as Feed My Starving Children, St. Stephen’s Human Services, Special Olympics and YouthLink, to name a few.
MLA also acknowledged The Marquette’s sustainability efforts, which include donating food scraps to local farmers, waste tracking in guest rooms and meeting spaces and the monitoring of energy, lighting and HVAC usage.
“Understandably, there are a lot of proud and happy people here at The Marquette Hotel,” said Todd. “To be named the Property of the Year by the Minnesota Lodging Association is validation for each and every member of our team. Collectively, we challenge ourselves to not only live up to, but to surpass our commitment to the community, to our guests and to ourselves. Being named the Property of the Year inspires us to do even more and reach even higher.”
Todd has also signed on to be a co-chair of YouthLink’s 2016 Night of Hope (NOH) event, a fundraiser where executives and community leaders spend a night outside to raise money for the organization’s programs. YouthLink provides a variety of services for youth ages 16 to 23 who are homeless, and the NOH raises awareness of an issue that is invisible to most of us. After sleeping out for the last two years, Dr. Heather Huseby, executive director, YouthLink, was able to convince Todd to serve in the co-chair role.
Dr. Huseby noted that, “It is a privilege of ours to partner with The Marquette Hotel and with Todd on the issue of youth homelessness. As a co-chair of YouthLink’s 2016 Night of Hope: Executive Sleep Out, Todd’s leadership within the community and the hospitality industry exemplifies the ability of individuals and corporations to dramatically impact the lives of young people. The selection of The Marquette Hotel as MLA Large Hotel of the Year is a testimony to Todd’s vision and his team’s incredible service.”
These are activities and priorities that may never show up in a sales brochure or come up in a conversation with a prospective customer. Instead these business practices are part of the DNA of The Marquette Hotel. So congratulations to them on their MLA recognition, and to Todd and his team for being a shining example of walking the talk in the area of community service.