Dean Carlson - Chairperson
Innkeeper Emeritus - Key West, FL
Dean and his partner Paul owned The Mermaid and the Alligator for almost 20 years. In addition, Dean has been the owner/partner of an extensive vacation rental real estate portfolio and a vacation rental property management firm, Rent Key West Vacations, for 22 and 15 years respectively.
Dean is currently a Founding member of AIHP and part of the leadership team. Dean was a member of the Key West Innkeepers Association (KWIA) for nearly 20 years serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair. As Chairperson he oversaw the merging of the association into the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West, where he now serves as a Vice Chair. He is a member of the Florida Bed & Breakfast Inns (FBBI) where he also held a board position.
Jim Leitch - Vice Chair
Inn on Lake Granbury. Granbury, TX
Jim and his wife Cathy have been innkeepers/owners of the Inn on Lake Granbury for 12 years. He and his wife renovated a lakefront property built in 1880 to a modern, 15 room inn and retreat. Jim has served on the board of the Texas Bed & Breakfast Association. He is also past chairman of the City of Granbury Tourism Advisory Board. He is currently a board member of Visit Granbury, a tourism DMO. Jim also served as part of the leadership group that transitioned Granbury from a city run CVB to a DMO in 2015. Jim was also a founding member of the committee that established the Granbury Wine Walk, now in its 8th year as the most successful festival in Granbury. Jim is also a founding Leadership Team member of AIHP.
Heidi Lanford - Secretary
The Iris Inn, Waynesboro, VA
Heidi and her husband Dave have owned and operated the Iris Inn for seven years. Heidi has served on the Board of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia for six years serving as Vice President, President and Past President. She served as a member of the regional organization, Bed and Breakfast of the Historic Shenandoah Valley, for 7 years and is a Founding Leadership Team Member of AIHP. Strategic leadership and management of high performance teams are skills she brings from her years in the corporate world.
Dallas Renner Treasurer
Retired Innkeeper, Hilton Head Island, SC
Dallas and his wife Nancy owned and operated the Chocolate Turtle Bed & Breakfast in Corrales, New Mexico for 9 years. During that time Dallas served on the New Mexico Bed and Breakfast Association Board of Directors, and both Nancy and Dallas were active in various local and state tourism and hospitality organizations. Prior to entering the innkeeping world, Dallas owned a business consulting firm that specialized in providing financial and operational support for small high tech start up companies. For over 20 years before that, he was in corporate finance. Originally from Maryland and Delaware, they moved to New Mexico in 1999. They sold the Chocolate Turtle in 2013, but have continued to stay active in this wonderful industry since becoming emeritus innkeepers. Dallas enthusiastically became part of the leadership team that formed AIHP and he is excited and pleased to be a member of the Board of Directors. He currently makes his home in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, but still spends part of the year in New Mexico.
Bella Roma Bed and Breakfast, Alburquerque, NM
Laura is AIHP's newest board member, filling the un-expired term of Monique Greenwood. More information on Laura coming soon!
Afton Mountain Bed and Breakfast, Afton, VA
Dan and his wife Orquida have owned their B&B, an 1848 Victorian farmhouse in the foothills of Central Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, for 13 years. Dan has been a member of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) for 13 years and served as a member of the BBAV board of directors for 5 years where he has held the offices of Vice President, President and Treasurer. Prior to his inn-keeping career, Dan worked mostly as a financial accountant for companies large and small in the Washington, DC Metro area, including several years of service for non-profit organizations, including Volunteers of America.
Gibson Mansion, Missoula, MT
Missoula, Montana native Nancy Malikie and Tom, her husband of 30 years, own and operate Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Nancy worked in surgery as a first assistant and as an assistant director for almost 20 years. During that time she designed two Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Missoula. In 2001, Tom and Nancy purchased a 1903 Victorian home that had been relocated and left vacant. They purchased the home with the intentions to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast, fulfilling Tom’s dream. Nancy continued to work full time in the medical field and on weekends and evenings would assist Tom at the B&B. Nancy grew to love the B&B industry, and in 2007 they decided that she would resign from medicine and work full time in the B&B, allowing them to take the business to the next level, including weddings and events. She is actively involved in the Montana Bed and Breakfast Association as Convention coordinator for over seven years.
The White Oak Inn, Danville, OH
Yvonne and her husband Ian have been owner innkeepers at The White Oak Inn in Danville, Ohio for 25 years, where they live with 7 cats, a dog and a pet sheep. She has always loved to cook, and is the chef for the inn, which offers fine dining in the evenings. She is also one of the Eight Broads in the Kitchen, a group of eight innkeeper friends who have had a food blog since 2009, and offer consultation services, cooking classes, workshops and food demonstrations at venues throughout the country. Yvonne served on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Bed and Breakfast Association for 12 years and was its chairman for 6 years. Prior to innkeeping she worked in the investment industry in Canada, managing a bond and money market portfolio for an international insurance company for 10 years. For several years she was also the assistant industrial campaign chairman for the Canadian Heart Fund.
InsideOut Solutions Inc., Sequim, WA
Pat has been involved in hospitality marketing for over 25 years. She owned Casoni’s Restaurant, a nationally recognized, award-winning restaurant for 11 years and worked tirelessly for regional and state tourism destination marketing organizations. She has served as president of both the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Council in Washington State and the North Olympic Peninsula Visitors and Convention Bureau. After selling the restaurant Pat turned her small business marketing experience and passion for tourism into the company now called InsideOut Solutions. InsideOut Solutions is a destination marketing company with clients throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Her goal is to create marketing solutions that work for all types of destinations from small towns to lodging properties, to destinations.
Montford Inn, Norman, OK
William has owned and operated the award-winning Montford Inn since 1994. The Montford Inn has been a Select Registry property since 1997 and William currently serves as District Co-Manager. He also sits on the board of Visit Norman CVB and is the immediate Past President. The Montford Inn has been featured on Fodor’s Special Places, Triple A Travel Guide, Mobil Guide, Traveling America’s Back Roads, Southern Living Magazine and Country Inns Magazine to name a few.