FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2018
Contact: Ashley Truttschel
Social Media & Public Relations Coordinator
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center Names New General Manager
SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin—The Forsythe family, owners of Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center announce the promotion of Susan Engler to General Manager. Englers’s responsibilities include ensuring profitability resort-wide, providing exceptional guest service and encouraging quality staff performance.
Engler began her career at Kaytee Products Inc., a family-owned manufacturer of bird and small animal food. In her 18-year tenure at Kaytee Products Inc., Engler managed overall operation and profit performance as the Midwest Divisional Manager until the sale of the company in 1997 to Central Garden & Pet, playing a transitional role until 1999.
Following her time at Kaytee Products Inc., Engler joined the Kohler Company Hospitality Division in 2001 as the Director of Sales for the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Golf Course. Engler soon expanded her responsibilities within the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond property in a sales role for both Destination Kohler and Destination St. Andrews Scotland.
Engler joined Blue Harbor in December of 2014 as the Director of Group Sales. In this role, Engler displayed proven leadership and record-level performance that lead to her promotion of Vice President of Sales & Marketing in December of 2016 with the additional responsibility of Guest Services in November of 2017.
Engler was promoted to the position of Assistant General Manager to David Sanderson in September of 2017. With her continued success, leadership skills and dedication to improve the day-to-day operations of the resort, Engler accepted the role of General Manager effective June 18, 2018.
Engler graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
With Engler’s promotion, Brand Flitter was announced as Director of Sales for the property. Flitter’s experience consists of 16 years of hospitality experience in both operations and sales from a variety of markets.
Flitter managed sales at seven HEI Hotels & Resorts’ properties where he served as Transition/Acquisition Director of Sales, Associate Director of Sales, Group Sales Manager and Business Transient Sales Manager. Following his time at HEI Hotels & Resorts, Flitter served as Complex Director of Sales at the Courtyard and Fairfield Inn in Old Town, San Diego. Flitter comes to Blue Harbor from Westin Milwaukee, Milwaukee Marriott and Springhill Suites in Milwaukee’s Downtown where he served as Market Assistant Director of Sales for White Lodging Services.
Flitter holds a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism and a M.S. in Career and Technical Education both from the University of Wisconsin‒Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
About Blue Harbor Resort
With Lake Michigan beachfront and shoreline views, Blue Harbor & Conference Center features 244 suites and villas, more than 17,000-square-feet of meeting and event space, a 54,000-square-foot indoor waterpark and entertainment area, a full-service spa, various dining opportunities and recreation amenities including watersports, golf and more. This Victorian-style landmark is a favorite for leisure travelers and groups because of its proximity to major Midwest gateway cities. Visit BlueHarborResort.com for more details.