Stafford’s Hospitality Mission Statement
“To be the best hospitality business in northern Michigan; offering exemplary service, superior quality food, beverage, and lodging while inspiring responsible community presence.”
At Stafford’s, we believe in our values. We believe in treating every guest and employee as a member of our family. We believe in developing every member of our team to reach his or her fullest potential. We believe that good enough, is not good enough. You will never hear, “It’s not my job.” You will always hear, “How may I help you.”
Stafford Smith, Founder
Originally from Albion, Michigan, Stafford was born in Petoskey in the summer months of August as quite a surprise to his mother who was vacationing in the area.
Stafford is a graduate from Albion High School in 1956 and was graduated from Northwestern University School of Management with a degree in Labor Relations in 1960.
Shortly after, he purchased the Bay View Inn in April of 1961, just prior to his marriage to Janice in June. Stafford had worked several summers at the Bay View Inn (1957-1960) and made arrangements to purchase the Inn from Dr. Roy Heath in 1961 at 22 years of age.
From that time, Stafford’s Hospitality grew. The Pier Restaurant was purchased in 1970, the Weathervane Restaurant in 1986, the Perry Hotel in 1989, the Gallery in 2007 and most recently Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge in 2011.
Stafford was the Founding President of Independent Innkeepers Association which is now Select Registry and was the first recipient of its Stafford Smith Award, an award for outstanding contribution to the Association and Hospitality Industry.
In 1995, Stafford received the Hotelier of the Year from the Michigan Lodging Association.
His contributions to the local community and tourism industry include: Past President of the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce; Past President of Rotary in Petoskey; Past Chairman of West Michigan Tourist Association; Past member of the Downtown Development/Management Board; Served on the Northern Michigan Hospital Board of Directors for 20 years and the Advisory Board; and Served on the Board of Directors of Crystal Mountain Resort in Benzie County.
Stafford is the Chairman of Stafford’s Hospitality. He spends his summers in Petoskey with his wife of 51 years, Janice. Together, they have three children: Stafford Reginald Smith and wife Lori, Mary Kathryn and husband Todd, and Dean M. Smith. They enjoy spending time with their three grand children: Andrew, Jessica and Kaitlyn.
Dudley Marvin, President
Dudley graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1962, graduated with B.A. degree Hotel and Restaurant Business Management from Michigan State University in 1967 and served two years as a Commissioned Officer- United States Naval Reserve, 1967-69 with active duty in Vietnam and Port Hueneme, California.
He first worked for Stafford and Janice Smith at the Bay View Inn in 1964, and joined the company full time in 1970 as General Manager of The Pier Restaurant. Marvin was appointed President of Stafford’s Hospitality, Inc. in 1980; and retired from operational management in 2010. Marvin continues to function part-time in an advisory and legal capacity to the corporation.
Dudley and his wife Darlene, have three children: Dudley F. Marvin (spouse Jodie), Debra M. Burkhardt (spouse Daniel) and David P. Marvin (spouse Audrey). Dudley and Darlene seasonally look after the Pointer Boat and schedule complementary and historical cruises aboard this 68 year old vessel, located at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs. Dudley has previously been active with volunteer positions in the resort communities where Stafford’s businesses have been located, and is currently involved with Emmet County Zoning Board of Appeals, the Springvale Township Planning Committee and the Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Association. Darlene stays busy tending and loving their eight grandchildren.
David Marvin, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
David grew up in northern Michigan. He was a 1993 graduate of Harbor Springs High School and graduated from Albion College in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Management. He also completed coursework at the Conrad Hilton School of Hospitality in Houston, Texas.
While in college, David completed his first internship at the Perry Hotel during the summer of 1995. It was there that he realized his passion for taking care of guests and love for historic preservation.
He has worked full time for Stafford’s since graduation. He has held positions as Rooms Director of the Perry Hotel, General Manager of the Perry Hotel, Business Manager for Stafford’s Corporate Offices, and currently serves as our Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. He has been a partner with Stafford’s Hospitality since 2005.
David is active in the Petoskey’s DDA, Downtown Management Board and served on the Board of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. He is a graduate of Leadership Little Traverse and has spent time serving on the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the board for Manna Food Pantry.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Audrey, and his four children, Reese, Devin, Kendal, and Jayden. They live in Petoskey and love all things about living and working in northern Michigan!
Brian Ewbank, Vice President of Food & Beverage
Brian grew up in Albion, Michigan and attended Ferris State, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Brian’s career in hospitality began over 35 years ago, catering with Stafford in the summer seasons.
For over ten years, Brian managed Mountain Jack’s, in the Detroit area and Southwest Michigan. He rejoined Stafford’s Hospitality in 1998, managing the Weathervane Restaurant, and became General Manager at Stafford’s Pier in 2001.
In 2005, Brian entered into partnership at Stafford’s Hospitality and is currently Vice President of Food & Beverage.
He enjoys time with his three German Shepherds, reading about history and the Civil War and collecting antique firearms.
Butch was born and raised in Petoskey, Michigan. He was a 1976 graduate of Petoskey High School. He first became involved with Stafford’s Hospitality as part of the Commercial Foods program as a junior in high school. Butch never looked back; he has worked full time for Stafford’s since graduation!
He started as a dishwasher, and then expanded to cooking, catering, and commissary management. He currently is Vice President of Purchasing and Facility Management; he has also held the position of General Manager at the Bay View Inn. Butch became a Partner with Stafford’s Hospitality in 1995.
Butch met his life partner, Shelley, in 1982 while interning at the Bay View Inn. They live in Petoskey with their 2 children, Josi and Gabriel, both of whom worked for Stafford’s over the years. In his spare time, Butch enjoys sports, camping, and music.
Reginald Smith, Vice President of Hotels
Stafford R. “Reg” Smith is the eldest son of our founders, Stafford and Janice Smith. He grew up in the business at Stafford’s Bay View Inn, having worked nearly every capacity at the Inn including summer assignments while in high school and college.
Reg graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration. Following college, he worked in various hospitality management positions at Pfister Hotel, Stouffer Hotels in Chicago, White Plains, and spent a number of years with the Comisar Restaurant Group in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He met his wife, Lori, at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in 1990, and they were married in Petoskey in August 1991. Together, they worked as Innkeepers at Stafford’s Bay View Inn during the 1990s.
Reg and Lori lived outside of northern Michigan for approximately 11 years, during which time Reg again held various management positions with Charming Inns in Charleston, South Carolina, WHI Hotels and Belvedere Hotels in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Good Hospitality Services in Indiana.
Reg, Lori and their two children (Stafford A. “Drew” and Jessica), are happy to have returned to Petoskey and Stafford’s in the spring of 2008. Today, Reg fills the position of Vice President of Hotels for Stafford’s Hospitality.
Judy Honor, Vice President of Brand Standards
She was offered positions at some of the chain hotels, but wanted to start her career in smaller, boutique type hotels or private clubs. Her first job was assistant auditor at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago’s financial district. She made it known to her colleagues that she was more interested in a management position in a resort. And, one day a fellow employee advised her that a position as Administrative Assistant (back in those days it was Secretary to the Manager) at the Grand Hotel was open. She applied for the position and worked for Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for six years.
The General Manager of the Grand Hotel bought his own hotel in Harbor Springs in 1962 and asked her to be the General Manager of the Harbour Inn. She held that position until 1981 when the property was sold and was offered a position with Stafford’s Bay View Inn.
After serving in several management positions with Stafford’s Hospitality including: Innkeeper at Stafford’s Bay View Inn, General Manager at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, and Vice President of Hotels, she now enjoys her semi-retirement (only about 35 hours a week) decorating and marketing the properties. Being with young enthusiastic people keeps her young in spirit, too.
She has served on both the Harbor Springs and Petoskey Chamber of Commerce Boards, was secretary of the Little Traverse Bay Historic Society, served in several positions on the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, held board positions in the Zonta Club of Petoskey, and the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Petoskey.
Today, Judy serves as Vice President of Brand Standards.
DJ Flynn, C.E.C, Corporate Chef
DJ joined our team in 2016 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in northern Michigan. Prior to joining Stafford’s, he graduated from Culinary School at Grand Rapids Community College. After graduation, he worked at Tapiwingo as Chef de’ Cuisine for 5 years, held the Executive Chef position at Bay Harbor Yacht Club, spent some time in New Orleans and most recently, was the Executive Chef at Barrel Back and Walloon Lake Inn.
Coming full circle, DJ is very happy to be “back” to the Stafford’s family. His first job at the age of 14, was a dishwasher at Stafford’s Bay View Inn. He is excited to be a part of a great team with incredible experience and hopes to continue to carry-on our long standing tradition of excellent hospitality in northern Michigan.
DJ will oversee and maintain the culinary programs at our landmark properties; Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant and the Drawbridge Bistro in Charlevoix. DJ’s take on food: Anything edible is good and our job is to make it great! When he’s not in the kitchen, you will find DJ skiing as much as he can (he was a former ski & snowboarding instructor) and enjoying the Great Lakes in the summer months.
Becky Babcock, Marketing Director
Becky grew up in Marshall, Michigan and was a 2002 graduate of Marshall High School. She attended Central Michigan University and obtained a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Integrative Public Relations with a minor in Recreation in 2007.
She fell in love with northern Michigan and the tourism industry at the young age of 19 as she spent her summers working for Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry (where she met her husband).
She began working as a Front Desk Clerk for Stafford’s Bay View Inn in the summer of 2007. Shortly after, she moved into the Marketing Department as a Marketing Assistant. She now holds the position as Marketing Director for Stafford’s Hospitality, Inc.
Becky is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Little Traverse and currently serves on the Board of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. You will often find her with a camera in hand, she has a passion for photography and loves to capture the beauty of northern Michigan and the wonderful staff at Stafford’s.
In her spare time, she loves traveling, baking, boating, reading and spending time with her husband Greg and daughter Natalie.
Jamie grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Petoskey High School in 2001. After studying at Lake Superior State University (LSSU), she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Management in 2006.
She began working at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in the summer of 2001. Through college, Jamie worked as a busser, server, hostess, and intern at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant. After graduating from LSSU, she got married in the Pier’s Pointer Room! She took some time off to begin her family but returned to the Pier as Dining Room Manager in the summer of 2009. Most recently, she began working in the Marketing Department as Marketing Assistant.
Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and their three sons. They live in Petoskey and enjoy all things northern Michigan, especially spending time on our Great Lake!
Tim Dutt, Accounting Manager
Tim grew up in Benzie County before entering the Air Force in 1977.While in the Air Force he was assigned to US Air Forces Europe, Air Forces Iceland, Little Rock AFB, AR, Wurtsmith AFB, MI and Lowry AFB, CO.During this time he attended the Community College of the Air Force majoring in government accounting.Tim’s Air Force career was nearly 15 years.He was honorably discharged in 1992 after the end of Operation Desert Storm.
While stationed at Wurtsmith he met his wife Debbie and began a journey which has led them to Petoskey after leaving the Air Force. After 31 years together they have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren.
He has worked at Stafford’s since 2007 in the Accounting Department.He assumed the Corporate Auditor position in 2009 and added the position of Accounting Supervisor in 2011.
Tim loves spending time with his wife Debbie, his children Pamela and Thomas and his grandchildren. He enjoys working with wood and building as well as hunting and fishing.
According to legend, a sea captain who sailed among the Caribbean Islands would spear a pineapple outside his home to let friends know of his safe return and to invite them in to visit. Upon serving his exotic food and drink, he would share exciting tales of his long voyage. The pineapple symbolizes generosity and service and is the international symbol of hospitality.
Some would say, that for nearly 50 years, the Pineapple has been an important part of the Stafford’s Hospitality team. Early on, it was made an integral part of our logos, uniforms, and daily operations.
It is our hope that whenever you see a Pineapple, you will think of Stafford’s Hospitality!