Grand Hotel President Dan Musser III named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
DETROIT, June 28, 2016 – R. D. (Dan) Musser III, president of Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island’s iconic summer hotel, has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Family Business Category for Michigan and Northwest Ohio. Musser was selected by an independent panel of judges. The award was presented at a special gala event at the Detroit Institute of Arts on June 23.
The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“This award is recognition of the intense effort that our entire staff puts in every day to deliver the high standard of service that Grand Hotel is known for,” said Musser. “We are grateful for this recognition of the year-round effort that goes into maintaining the best of Grand Hotel’s traditions, while growing the legacy of this ever-evolving 129-year-old family business.”
A key factor in Grand Hotel’s continued presence as an iconic destination known throughout the world is the continuity that comes from having members of the same family at the helm for the past 83 years. Musser is the third generation of his family to run the hotel, having started full time in 1986. He worked his way up through every department to gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of running the hotel, serving as kitchen assistant, bellman, bartender, bar manager, front desk clerk, front desk manager, reservations manager and vice president. He has been president since 1989.
Grand Hotel, America’s Original Grand Hotel, has been one of America's premier summer vacation spots since it opened on Mackinac Island July 10, 1887 to receive vacationers who arrived by lake-steamer or by rail. Today the island is accessible only by ferry or airplane. No motorized vehicles are allowed, and the preferred modes of transportation are by bicycle and horse-drawn carriage. The 390-room hotel is a National Historic Landmark and a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.
As a Michigan and Northwest Ohio award winner, Musser is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.
Grand Hotel is continually recognized for the quality of its hospitality. Condé Nast Traveler ranked it as a “Best Resort in the Midwest” and one of the “Most Beautiful Wedding Venues in the U.S” in March of this year. Grand Hotel received the Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence as well as being designated in the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame. Vacation Critic named Grand Hotel a Family Favorite for 2016 in June, MSN named it the Best Hotel in Michigan in March and Good Morning America named Grand Hotel an “Awesome All-inclusive Resort in the U.S. for your Next Vacation” in January. Grand Hotel also received the “Editor’s Choice for Best Grand Golf Hotels” in Golf Digest. It was ranked as one of Travel & Leisure magazine’s Top 500 Hotels in the World in 2015 as well as being designated Best Hotel in Michigan and was named a winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award for the 23rd consecutive year.
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.
About Grand Hotel Grand Hotel
America’s Original Grand Hotel, has been one of America's premier summer vacation spots since it opened on July 10, 1887 to receive summer vacationers who arrived by lake-steamer or by rail. Grand Hotel is located on Mackinac Island, Michigan where there are no motorized vehicles and the island is only accessible by ferry or airplane. The hotel is open from the first weekend in May through the end of October. The 390-room hotel is a National Historic Landmark and a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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