• The Edgewater Announces New Leadership Team

     
    POSTED May 14, 2014
     

The Edgewater, which is reopening in August of this year after a $100-million renovation and expansion, recently announced the appointments of David Buss as director of rooms, Meredith Voller as director of sales and marketing and Sara Klemme as director of special events.

"With their extensive hospitality background, these talented individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and will assist in providing an unparalleled guest experience," said Ron Morin, general manager of The Edgewater. "Now with Chef Tom Welther on board too, I’m confident that the programmatic offerings that the team has planned will make The Edgewater a shining destination in the Midwest."

Buss began his career in hospitality as a bellman before moving all the way up to assistant hotel manager over seven years. He is a long-time resident of Madison and University of Wisconsin-Madison alum.

Voller brings more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. In her most recent role, she aided the opening of PUBLIC Chicago. She has also held management positions at various hotels including Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and various Hotel Monacos.

Klemme previously worked in Green Bay, Wis. as director of shows & events at PMI Entertainment Group for five years where she planned and executed community events, consumer and business trade shows and outdoor festivals.

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