Liz Rammer

Hospitality Minnesota has announced the hiring of Liz Rammer as its next president and CEO. She will also serve as executive vice president of the Minnesota Restaurant Association, Minnesota Lodging Association and Minnesota Resort & Campground Association, as well as CEO of the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation, according to a press release.

Rammer has held leadership positions in both corporate and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as vice president of marketing and a member of the executive management team at Life Link III, a nonprofit air medical transport company headquartered in Minneapolis.

Previously, she held three different leadership roles at the Medical Alley (LifeScience Alley) trade association, concluding her service as COO during her 11-year tenure.

Rammer has over 25 years of marketing/advertising experience holding account management positions at Pointward, McCann (Campbell Mithun), Martin/Williams, and Carmichael Lynch. Liz also served as director of Alumni Relations at Macalester College and began her career in market research.

In 2006, Rammer was honored with a “Woman to Watch” award by The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She currently serves on the board of directors for Senior Community Services. She holds an MSA degree from Northwestern University and a BA from Lawrence University.

JJ Haywood, president of the Hospitality Minnesota Board of Directors and chair of the search committee, said, “I’m excited for Liz to lead our organization into the future. We were impressed with her skills and her experience leading a membership organization through change. She stood out in a field of strong and interesting candidates.”

Rammer said, “I am thrilled to join the Hospitality Minnesota team and be part of such a vibrant industry. I look forward to meeting the association members and hearing their thoughts about what the organization can do to help them be even more successful.”

Rammer began her responsibilities on June 25 and has three weeks of overlap with retiring president Dan McElroy, who has served since 2011.