Eddie Koehler, Noggin Room Manager

Eddie grew up in Wolverine, Michigan. He is a 1978 graduate of the American Institute of Schools in Chicago.Eddie K

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.

Jimmy Hockenberry, Noggin Room Assistant Manager236a0022

Jimmy “grew up” in the restaurant industry. One of his earliest memories involves eating breadsticks in the kitchen where his mom was a waitress. His family relocated to a small northern Michigan town, Elk Rapids, when he was young. 

In 1990, his family bought “The Elk River Inn,” now known as The Riverwalk on Elk Lake. As soon as he was old enough, he started working as a dishwasher and filled many positions over the years including: busser, host, bartender and cook. Since, his family has sold the establishment but his inspiration for the restaurant industry started by watching his parents and gave him the experience and knowledge to move forward with his restaurant career. 

Jimmy joined our team in 2015 after relocating to Petoskey. He chose to work for Stafford’s because of the excellent reputation Stafford’s has in our local communities. When not working, Jimmy enjoys traveling, watersports and spending time with friends and family! 

Joseph McCarron, Noggin Room Sous Chef 236a1521-copy

Born and raised with 5 siblings in East Lansing, MI, Joe started out at a little Italian joint named “Gino’s” which evolved over the years into the MSU legend “Crunchy’s.” USA Café and Hannah Center Ball Room were next on Joe’s journey.  This concept meshed the 50’s and 60’s “Rock and Roll Diner” theme with the banquet facility. While opening diners under the Omega Management umbrella in Traverse City, Portage and Grand Rapids, Joe made the transition from the culinary area exclusively to General Manager.

Lone Star Steak House and Saloon presented an opportunity to Joe to be the Line Dance Instructor for the lower portion of Michigan, as well as simultaneously holding the General Manager position of the Farmington Hills facility. This position afforded him the enjoyment of living closer to his family, including his growing niece and nephew.

The last stop before Stafford’s Perry Hotel was a decade with Applebee’s International as a “fast track’ General Manager. Joe opened the facilities in both the Farmington, MI and the Woodhaven, MI locations. He assisted freshly-promoted General Managers with the transition into their new responsibilities. His last stop with Applebee’s landed him at the busiest Corporate Store located in Southgate, MI.

Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey was an easy choice for Joe since this is where his parents had chosen for their retirement location. Petoskey was a favorite family getaway during Joe’s childhood where the family vacationed and camped. Stafford’s has been renowned as a business steeped in tradition and is well meshed into the community. Joe now holds the position of Sous Chef and it is his goal to maintain a life balance. Working around the house, spending time with family and reading are some ways that Joe enjoys spending his spare time.