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Leadership

Scott Meyer

Owner/President

Scott is a global hospitality, franchising, operations and branding executive with over 30 years in the hospitality business. As Owner and President of Compass45 Hospitality, Scott is responsible for building and leading an engaged and effective hospitality team; ensure exceptional financial performance and return on investment for key stakeholders; and provide superior guest service at each hotel.

Prior to launching Compass45 Hospitality, Scott was the Senior Vice President – Midscale Brands Americas for Carlson Rezidor Hotels. He led one of America’s top hotel chains, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, from brand inception in 1989 to a portfolio of 450+ locations. In his role at Carlson, Scott built engaged teams and high-performance cultures that moved vision into flawless execution resulting in great experiences for customers, business partners and employees. Over his years, as the brand leader for Country Inns & Suites, he established the cultural tone of the brand resulting in top rankings from J.D. Power and exceptional net promoter scores. He launched the brand globally including hotels in Austria, Central America, Germany, India and the U.K.

Carl Kaeding

Owner

As President of Kaeding Development, Carl leads new construction and acquisitions to grow the portfolio of Compass45 Hospitality. Carl’s strengths lie in his ability to secure local-regulatory land use approvals, franchise approvals, organization of lender and investor commitments for financing and the organization of architects, contractors and engineers for ground up development.

Carl has developed and operated hotel brands with IHG, Hilton, Marriott and Radisson Hotel Group during his career. He took over as President of Kaeding Management and Development in 2010 from his father Myron. Driven by the energy and vision of Carl, Kaeding Development has been on a rapid path of expansion. Under his leadership, Kaeding Development has added 10 hotels to its portfolio. In doing so he has supervised the construction, renovation, and restoration of a number of hotel properties across the Midwest.

Dan Krahn

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations for Compass45 Hospitality, Dan is responsible for overseeing our properties and General Managers. This includes optimizing revenue and sales opportunities, cost containment, and guest feedback and implementing new directives for growth. He is also responsible for setting guidelines for personal evaluations, recruitment and advancement for all employees within the company.

Dan is a decorated industry veteran and has worked in nearly every facet of hospitality. He began his career as a Sales Manager with Marriott International. From there he worked his way up through the industry serving as; Housekeeping Manager, Assistant General Manager, General Manager, Director of Operations, and most recently VP Sand Hospitality, overseeing up to 26 hotels. Dan’s experience is with global brands including Marriott, Hilton, IHG and Radisson Hotel Group. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he has served as a mentor.

Brody Nordland

Director of Development

Brody is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he obtained his Master of Business Administration. Brody crossed paths with Carl Kaeding while working with the Mankato Small Business Development Center while Carl was developing the Albert Lea Holiday Inn Express. Brody’s willingness to assist where needed in a growing company has given him extensive training in all facets of the Management Company including, Human Resources, Quality Control, and Supervisory Leadership. Since joining the Kaeding Management Team in 2012, Brody has held an integral role in the success of bringing seven properties online.

Chelsea Kaeding

Director of Architecture and Design

Chelsea brings her singular design vision to the Compass45 properties and has proven instrumental in setting the tone for success within the portfolio. She has recently been recognized by IHG with an award in Design and Renovation. Not surprisingly the property for which she was given this award has also been awarded the Newcomer & Torchbearer awards. Her promise is to be design forward, offering an enhanced guest experience and a welcoming sense of place, all while providing the quality and benefits of their respective brands. Chelsea has a unique operations and ownership background, growing up as a third-generation hotelier, in which she began managing her first property at the age of 19. This operations experience has given her a distinct advantage in design, as she is able to provide a design direction which delivers an operational advantage within a stunning finished product.

Jana McGowan

Controller

Jana joined Compass45 Hospitality after a long career at Carlson Rezidor Hotels, where she held consistently progressive roles in Financial Planning and Analysis both for the Americas and Globally. Her responsibilities included financial planning, forecasting, analysis and strategic planning for a global system generating system-wide revenue of $37B. Jana’s financial acumen and precise financial oversight provide our business partners confidence that the company is financially healthy and well capitalized. Jana has also worked as a Senior Financial Analyst with U.S. Bancorp and Conseco Finance Corporation. At Compass45 Jana is responsible for overseeing the production of financial reports, maintenance of accounting records, and stewardship of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk. Jana’s has her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her M.B.A. in Finance from the University of St. Thomas.

Charlie Eng

Manager of Finance and Accounting

Charlie Eng oversees the production of financial statements and is responsible for monitoring and analyzing accounting data. Additionally, Charlie is responsible for maintaining the financial health of the various hotels and entities that he supports through budgets, forecasts, analysis and strategic recommendations.

Prior to Compass45, Charlie spent seven years at Radisson Hotel Group and held various roles including Senior Financial Analyst and Manager of Strategic Planning and Financial Analysis. At Radisson Hotel Group, Charlie gained ample experience in enforcing proper accounting methods and implementing process improvements. Charlie has a dual degree in finance and hospitality management from The Ohio State University.

Frank Burcar

Manager of Human Resources

Frank has been a hospitality professional since 1994 and has held several management positions including Director of Purchasing and Assistant Food and Beverage Manager. In 2003 Frank started his Human Resources career and held the position of Manager of Human Resources. Frank was instrumental in introducing new hire policies, creating a new employment application, initiating criminal background checks and drug testing procedures and finally putting all of this together in a forward-looking employee handbook for the company. Today in his role at Compass45 Hospitality, Frank is responsible for the overall administration of the payroll system and benefit programs for the corporate office and hotels. Frank also represents Compass45 Hospitality in the day to day interaction with local unions including grievance mediation and contract negotiations. Prior to entering the hospitality industry, Frank spent many years in the insurance industry in management and training. Frank earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.