Stafford's Perry Hotel
Winston Finlayson, Assistant General Manager
Winston’s first job in the hotel business at the age of 12 working as a part-time bellhop in the hotel his father managed. His childhood was spent in Petoskey, and growing up around hotels, until the age of 16. At that time, his father took the position of Vice-President of Operations for Win Schuler’s Restaurants, based in Marshall, Michigan. It was at the Marshall Win Schuler’s that Winston learned the fundamentals of the restaurant business, working in every position from line-cook to bartender.
In 1982, Winston was hired by Boyne USA Resorts as Dining Room Manager at Boyne Highlands. He was promoted to Assistant Hotel Manager in his first year and managed all of Boyne Highlands convention operations for the next eight years. In addition to those, duties, he managed the opening of the Country Club of Boyne and handled property management for Boyne Highlands first condominium hotel property.
His work with Boyne USA took him to Boyne Mountain Resort in the 90’s, where Winston continued to work in hotel, convention and property management. When Boyne USA became involved with the Bay Harbor development, Winston served as opening manager for the Bay Harbor Golf Club and the Inn at Bay Harbor.
Winston met his wife, Carolyn, while working together at Boyne Highlands. Winston came to work for Stafford’s Perry Hotel in the spring of 2008. Carolyn was hired in 2009 and is the Dining Room Supervisor in the H.O. Rose Room and assists the sales office with weddings and special events.
Winston and Carolyn thoroughly enjoy working to insure the high standards of service and hospitality represented by the Stafford’s name.
Eddie Koehler, Noggin Room Manager
Eddie grew up in Wolverine, Michigan. He is a 1978 graduate of the American Institue of Schools in Chicago.
In 1982, Eddie moved to Phoenix, Arizona and joined Paragon Restaurant Group. Over the next 18 years, he moved through the company profiles (started as a server) and eventually became General Manager in 3 different locations throughout Phoenix Valley. In 2002, Eddie moved back to Wolverine and joined One Water Street as its General Manager.
Eddie spent time as General Manager with Big Buck Brewery in Gaylord and six years with Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub in Petoskey. In September 2011, Eddie joined the Stafford’s Hospitality family as the Noggin Room Manager.
He keeps himself pretty busy between his full time schedule in the Noggin Room and at Salon Nouveau Vous which he owns with his partner Tim. When he gets spare time, he loves to travel, boat, and spend as much time possible with his niece Leslie.
Angie Whitener, Sales Manager
Angie was born and raised in Iron Mountain, Michigan. After attending Grand Valley State University and graduating with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Angie fell in love with the small town of Petoskey.
She enjoys the hospitality business and has been with Stafford’s since June 2000. Meeting new and different people everyday inspired her as are the relationships she has developed with clients and guests of the hotel.
Angie currently holds the position as Sales Manager and is responsible for executing weddings, groups, meetings, special events and more. She loves to plan, organize and execute. And since she is so fond of food, creating the menu is her favorite part of the whole process!
She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Little Traverse, is an active member of the Downtown Petoskey Events Committee and serves on the Steering Committee for the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce Connecting Women in Business Group.
In her spare time, Angie enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, downhill skiing and spending time with her husband Matt and children, Cassidy and Cole at their family cottage on Mullet Lake.
Debbie Norris, Sales Associate
Debbie has lived in Harbor Springs for most of her life and graduated from Harbor Springs High School in 1972. Her and her husband Carl lived Virginia for a brief 2 ½ years and decided there was no place like Michigan, so they moved back to Harbor Springs.
She began working for Stafford’s Perry Hotel in 1994 as the H.O. Rose Room Supervisor, and held that position for 6 years. She then became an assistant/support to the General Manager, Chef and Food and Beverage department. Debbie took a few years off and moved to the Dominican Republic with her family and worked at a missionary training institute for one year. When she came back to Harbor Springs, she moved into the Sales Department as Sales Associate booking meetings, weddings and special events.
Debbie loves her job. As she says, “It’s never the same, I meet so many wonderful people and get to plan many memorable events.”
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her 3 children who live across the country. She enjoys reading, down hill skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, and actively volunteers in the local communities.
Lauren Butwell, Event Coordinator
Lauren calls herself a “true townie.” She grew up in northern Michigan, her parents grew up in northern Michigan, her grandparents grew up in northern Michigan and so on and so forth! She graduated from Petoskey High School in 2006, completed course work at North Central Michigan College and transferred to Central Michigan University where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Administration. Her degree concentration is in Commercial Recreation with minors in both Hospitality and Event Management.
At the end of her college career, she completed a six month internship at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, which helped prepare her for current position as an Event Coordinator. During college, she helped plan and execute a Gus Macker Tournament held on CMU’s Campus.
She has worked for Stafford’s Hospitality since 2003. The employees at Stafford’s are like a second family to her because she grew up working for this company. She is interested in anything that involves the outdoors and music. She loves where she lives and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!