Leadership

Golder Hospitality, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, was founded in 2000 by hotel industry veterans who contribute their unique talents and broad experience to craft our success.

Ken Golder – Chief Executive Officer
Ken Golder has over 30 years in the hotel industry with extensive experience in all facets of hotel operations, including sales and marketing, financial management and operations. Ken’s dynamic leadership has produced an impressive legacy of success. He is a Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive, Board Member of the St. Paul Convention and Visitors Authority and Past President of MN Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association. During his career, Ken has managed property acquisitions, multi-million dollar renovations and hotel conversions.In March 2000, Mr. Golder formed Golder Investment Group, LLC and acquired majority share in the Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown, a 194 room, full service hotel in downtown St. Paul, MN. He formed Golder Hospitality to manage all aspects of a growing portfolio.
Rob Hjort – President/Chief Operating Officer
Rob Hjort has over 25 years of experience in the Hotel Industry and serves as the President for Golder Hospitality. He is responsible for overseeing operation of the Management Company and our portfolio of hotels including all areas with regard to accounting, finance, legal, insurance, day to day operations and property renovations. In addition, he leads the acquisition teams for new properties. Prior to joining Golder Hospitality, Mr. Hjort held leadership positions with Promus/Hilton Hotels. He has developed expertise in all areas of hotel operations. He is a Certified Hotel Administrator through the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the association’s highest designation. Throughout his 10 years with Promus/Hilton, he served on and led several property acquisition teams and did extensive financial task work with struggling properties.
Rob Covey – Executive Vice President/Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Rob Covey has over 20 years of experience in the Hotel Industry. Mr. Covey is a hotel sales and marketing specialist and recognized expert in revenue management. He has held leadership positions at both the individual property and regional multi-property levels for both full service and all-suite hotels. He is a Certified Hotel Administrator through the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the association’s highest designation. Mr. Covey was responsible for creating the Promus Hotels Twin Cities Regional Reservations Center and for the administration of centralized revenue management for five properties. His creation of the call center and his revenue management strategies resulted in his being recognized as the American Hotel Foundation- Best Practice Champion. Mr. Covey has also been a featured panelist in the areas of revenue management at the American Hotel and Motel Association’s National Meeting.
Shelby Tufenk – Controller
Shelby Tufenk brings to Golder Hospitality nearly 20 years of extensive hospitality industry experience. She has expertise at the property and corporate level in the preparation and review of financial statements, general ledger reconciliation, budgeting and analysis, payroll, audit, tax preparation, and all other aspects of accounting.
Elizabeth Hjort – Corporate Director of Human Resources
Elizabeth Hjort has more than 15 years of Human Resource Management experience in the hotel industry. Prior to joining Golder Hospitality, she spent several years with Marriott Corporate managed hotels. Elizabeth has oversight of all human resource activities of our most important asset, our team members. Her responsibilities include payroll and benefit administration for the corporate office and the hotel properties, team member relations, training and staff development and team member recruitment. In addition, she monitors and ensures compliance with all state and federal laws regarding employee related matters.