Jim Benson, director of operations for Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, Minn., has been named 2010 Resorter of the Year by the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association (MRCA), the Brainerd Daily Dispatch reported.
The announcement was made Wednesday night (Oct. 27) during the organization’s Fall Conference at Chase on the Lake in Walker.
The news release announcing Benson as Resorter of the Year said Benson got his start in the hospitality industry as a busboy at the New Ulm Country Club in his hometown. In 1983, he moved to Brainerd Lakes area and took a job as a bartender at Madden’s Resort. He later become assistant manager after a short stint working in Florida. He also managed Madden’s Pine Edge Inn in Little Falls, but returned to Madden’s Brainerd facility to serve as the resident manager. He was promoted to general manager of Madden’s Lodge in 1991.
In 2005, Benson took a job as general manager of The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, where he stayed for two years. His heart was in the resort industry, though, and in 2007 he became director of operations for Grand View Lodge.
Benson has represented his industry well for many years on the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association’s board of directors, serving as president in 2006. He also represents the association on the Hospitality Minnesota management board, which oversees the MRCA, as well as the Minnesota Restaurant Association and the Minnesota Lodging Association.
Locally, Benson has been involved in his community and church. He has served on many different committees at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, including on the board from 2006 to 2009.
Fred Boos and Mark Ronnei of Grand View Lodge shared in a news release this perspective on Benson: Jim is an excellent co-worker, a respected supervisor and a person who truly embraces the spirit of hospitality. Jim has an unwavering commitment to the resort industry, and is willing to give of his time and talents for the benefit of others. We are privileged to have Jim on our team.
The Minnesota Resort and Campground Association annually selects a recipient for the prestigious Resorter of the Year award. The selection is made by previous recipients and the criteria includes superior management ability; commitment to the training, motivation and self-improvement of staff; active participation in related associations on the local or state level; promotion and support for industry-beneficial legislation; leadership to the community; and support of natural resources and the protection of the environment
The Minnesota Resort and Campground Association is the statewide trade association representing resorts and campgrounds of all sizes across Minnesota and their suppliers. The association has a membership of 400-plus properties and provides advocacy, education, marketing and information to its members.