Chairman of the Board
More than three decades in the hospitality industry give David Sweet, chairman of the board, an experienced edge. He's seen it all, working in every facet of the business from cooking to design and financing new projects. He has degrees in hotel and restaurant management, business and marketing.
Mr. Sweet served previously as director of operations for a hotel management company operating franchised hotels across the United States. He has also worked with Holiday Inns High Rise Division, Sheraton, Preferred Hotels and ARA Food Services.
Chief Executive Officer
As chief executive officer of Regency Hotel Management, Gregory Schjodt has a keen eye for detail, overseeing all full and limited-service properties. In his 30 years in the hospitality industry, Mr. Schjodt has worked in all levels of hotel management, giving him the skills he needs to effectively supervise multiple properties.
Mr. Schjodt received his bachelor's degree from Augustana College. He has served as general manager for full-service properties and assistant director of operations for Regency Hotel Management. Previously, he worked at various locations for a major franchise company.
Chief Financial Officer
Real-world experience truly counts with Robert Thimjon, chief financial officer for Regency Hotel Management. Mr. Thimjon's distinguished career includes a dedication to public service as a Sioux Falls School Board member and president, and membership in and president of both the Sioux Falls Rotary West Club and the Minnehaha County Visiting Nurses Association. He serves on the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Board of Pensions and is a member of its audit committee. He also continues to serve as a youth sports coach and on various local church and United Way committees and study groups.
As chief financial officer, Mr. Thimjon oversees financial reporting, data processing, benefits, risk management, real estate taxes and lender relations. His undergraduate degree is magna cum laud from Augustana College and he holds an MBA from the University of South Dakota. He's been an adjunct faculty member at Augustana since 1979 and a certified public accountant since 1976. He has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry.
Realizing each property's profit potential has become Tom Biegler¹s focus as President of Regency Hotel Management. More than 25 years of his career in the hospitality industry has been with Regency Hotel Management. Today, he works with new and existing properties, combining cost controls with transitional and long-term team building to maximize advantages.
Mr. Biegler is a 1982 graduate of Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, with advanced studies at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He has served as general manager for franchises including Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Best Western and Radisson. His operational and sales experience make him an effective supervisor for hotels of all types.
Regional Director of Operations
Hotel management has always been a hands-on experience for Jan Grunewaldt. Her food, beverage and sales background, along with extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry, bring a unique perspective to her position as Regional Director of Operations.
Ms. Grunewaldt has been a committed member of the Ramkota Companies team since 1983, serving in numerous capacities at four Regency Hotel Management full-service hotels.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Many times it's the sales and marketing department which pulls everyone together on a successful project. As director of sales and marketing for Regency Hotel Management, Gloriann Kueter has more than 20 years experience in sales and marketing for the hospitality industry. She is the key sales contact, overseeing all promotional marketing and coordinating public relations opportunities.
Ms. Kueter oversees the sales efforts and productivity of all Regency properties. She holds degrees in both retail management and travel management with a hospitality background in travel planning, catering sales and hotel sales management. Previously, she was regional director of sales for another hotel development company.