Experience & Dedication
The principals formed AHM in 1999, having worked together on several projects prior to the establishment of the business. The synergies created by their diverse areas of expertise allowed them to excel in this challenging industry. They initially limited their interests to the upper Midwest where their management efforts, knowledge of the market, and growing skills laid the foundation for expansion. AHM is now a nationwide, award-winning, hospitality management group servicing limited and full service hotels, extended stay, and resort properties. Their clients include some of the best known names in the world as well as independent owners, and their dedication to the success of every project ensures each realizes the benefit of AHM solution management.
Donald R. Schappacher
President & CEO/Co-Founder
Don graduated from Miami University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He was an auditor with the U.S. Department of Energy for several years and then went on to advance his career as a CPA with the international accounting firms of Touche Ross and KPMG. Enticed by the hospitality industry, Don decided to apply his business knowledge towards the operation of a property in the resort town of Mackinaw City, MI. Next came the development of the Days Inn in Sault Ste Marie, MI. The following year, Don moved on to the construction of the Days Inn in St. Ignace, MI - selling the hotel the same day it opened. As his involvement in the hospitality industry expanded, Don’s passion for this arena grew. He took on additional projects for himself as well as private investors, and eventually this lead to the formation of AHM.
He now focuses his energies on management and development using his 25 years experience in the hotel business to make strategic decisions culminating in the success of AHM managed properties from Louisiana to Wyoming.
Don currently holds contractor and real estate licenses, and maintains his CPA status. He served as President of the Mackinaw Area Tourist Bureau and was on the boards of the West Michigan Tourist Association, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce and the Cheboygan County United Way. Don is currently a committee member of the IHG IAHI board. He enjoys spending time with his two children, as well as traveling and skiing.
Fredrick W. Kindell
Senior Vice President and Co-Founder
Fred was a sergeant in the Army during the first Gulf War when he found himself overseeing food service locations while stationed in Europe. After serving six years, he returned to Northern Michigan where he began working in hospitality management. Drawing on his Army education and hotel experience, he joined forces with Don on the Holiday Inn Express & Suites project in St. Ignace and together they built the first of many hotels and founded AHM.
Now, with 20 years in the industry, Fred is instrumental to the success of the properties managed by AHM. In addition to new property development and construction management, he is directly involved in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the extended stay Marriott and IHG properties and oversees all Regional Vice Presidents. Fred also manages the negotiations of products and services that can be combined among hotels, keeping expenses low through economies of scale. He is the liaison between individual properties and the franchisers, ensuring superior brand support for each hotel.
Fred's commitment to excellence in the industry includes attending the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, and Marriott’s schools for general managers and new owner orientation programs. He served as the Chairperson of the Michigan Alliance of Days Inn Hotels, President of both the Indian River Tourism Bureau and the Michigan Alliance of Holiday Inn Express Hotels. Fred has three sons, two of which have followed in his footsteps and serve in the Armed Forces. He is an avid bird hunter and also takes advantage of Northern Michigan’s fine fishing and boating opportunities.
Sr. Regional Vice President
Chris joined American Hospitality Management in 2006, overseeing the Holiday Inn Express portfolio of hotels. In 2008, he became a partner in the management company with an expanded role as Senior Regional Vice President.
He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business, a Certified Hotel Administrator through the American Hotel and Lodging Association and has completed General Manager training programs through Hilton and Intercontinental Hotels Group.
He has experience with Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Select, Sheraton, Comfort Suites, Hilton Suites brand hotels as well as independent hotels over the past 30 years as Task Force Manager, General Manager and Food & Beverage Director at hotels ranging in size from 70 rooms to 340 rooms. Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Shub Hotels, MeriStar Hospitality, Hotel Corporation of America, Landmark Hotel Corporation, Brock Hotel Corporation and Allen & O’Hara Developments are some of the management companies Chris has worked for over the years. As a task force manager, transitional assignments helping hotels navigate through change of general managers, ownership, or renovations was typical.
Markets that Chris has worked in include Detroit, Michigan; northern Michigan; Tampa, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Dallas, Texas; and Tinton Falls, New Jersey.
Regional Vice President
Lurry joined the American Hospitality Management team in 2013 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a group of assigned hotels as well as assisting in securing new 3rd party management contracts and new hotel development.
He began his hospitality career as a part-time night maintenance person while in high school. Through the years he progressively worked his way up the ranks of the industry overseeing the entire portfolio for a large well-respected hotel management company. In 2006 he co-founded Copper Hospitality, Inc. and developed and operated hotels within the Marriott, Hilton and IHG family of brands. His experience ranges from interstate hotels to resorts, inner-city to suburban and from acquisition/turn-around projects to company owned. He has learned from some of the best and brightest hoteliers in the country.
As the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Copper Hospitality, Inc. he brings nearly 30 years of vast and far-reaching experience in the hospitality industry to his role with AHM. Lurry has a strong operational background and specializes in Asset Management, Operations, Strategic Planning and Development.
Lurry gained a large portion of his hospitality experience having spent 19 years at Highpointe Hotel Corporation. During his tenure at HHC, he held an array of positions such as Night Auditor, Front Desk Supervisor, Food & Beverage Director, Regional Property Accountant, Assistant General Manager, General Manager, Area Operations Manager, Area General Manager and Regional Director of Operations & Asset Management.
Under Lurry’s direction and leadership many hotels received recognition as top performers in their respective brands receiving such awards as “Lighthouse” winners for Hilton: Platinum, Gold and Top Operations from Marriott, Top Food & Beverage performer from IHG and more.
Regional Vice President
Chris joined American Hospitality Management in 2009 bringing more than 20 years in the hotel industry in which he held roles as General Manager, Area Manager, Regional Manager and Director of Sales. He is currently responsible for a portfolio of our hotels where he oversees all aspects of hotel operations.
Prior to his role with AHM, he held positions with Marriott International, Hilton Hotels, White Lodging Services and Island Hospitality. Chris’s background includes many years with extended stay, select service and experience in full service hotels with brands such as Residence Inn, Staybridge Suites, Courtyard, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Embassy Suites and Radisson.
Chris graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has complete a multitude of industry training including General Manager and Sales certification training for Intercontinental Hotel Group, Marriott and Hilton.
Suzanne M. Erhart
Chief Financial Officer
Suzanne joined American Hospitality Management in 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer overseeing the corporate departments and functions. Suzanne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Michigan State University. She brings with her over 30 years of financial and accounting leadership experience to include international business, strategic planning, governmental grants and abatements, logistic management, multi-currency treasury management, mergers and acquisitions, turnaround management, information technology management, cost accounting, employee benefits and risk management.
Suzanne built her career primarily in the manufacturing industry where she began as a cost accountant and advanced to the Vice President of finance for an international lighting manufacturing company. Her focus is people development, process improvement and maximization of asset utilization. She has also been involved in healthcare administration where she designed and implemented an operating software package for the hospital environment. Her further involvement with healthcare was the financial management of a homecare company and multiple physician practices.
Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, bicycling, hiking and traveling.
Brenda is a graduate of Lake Superior State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in accounting. Her work and education in the field of accounting spans over 25 years, and includes 10 years with the finance department at Mackinac State Historic Parks and 5 years as accountant for Friendship Centers of Emmet County, which is the Council on Aging for Emmet County. She also has experience working with an Intermediate School District in Indian River, and most recently she formed her own business and provided accounting services to clients in the area.
Brenda joined AHM in May 2014 working with the Financial Operation’s Team as an on-staff accountant and prepares monthly financial statements. She also monitors the cash flow needs and funding requirements for several properties.
Outside of work she enjoys outdoor sports, including swimming, bicycling, and kayaking. She enjoys music and playing guitar with her local church’s praise and worship team, traveling when she can to visit family or explore new places and going to live concerts whenever possible.
Denise is a graduate of North Central Michigan College holding a Degree in Accounting. Her parents owned and operated a restaurant in Levering, MI for most of her childhood which gave her the opportunity to learn customer satisfaction from an early age. While working in the restaurant business she also worked at several hotels/motels in Mackinaw City with a variety of job responsibilities. This gives her great respect to those that are currently working in this field.
Denise has been a part of the AHM team since June 2006 as an Auditor as well as assisting in Payroll. Denise has over 20 years of experience in Payroll/HR and over 5 years’ experience of audit.
Denise enjoys every minute that she is able to spend with her children and grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, gardening, cooking, sewing and crocheting amongst other activities.
Elena joined AHM in April 2014 as an auditor. Elena started her auditing career in education where she audited 25 school districts for two ISDs.
Elena lives with her husband and three sons in Cheboygan, MI. In her free time she enjoys being outside watching her sons’ many sporting events, gardening, biking, walking, and taking advantage of the outdoors.
Lo-Ann started with AHM in January 2013 as an Auditor. Before coming to AHM Lo-Ann worked at the local hospital and gained experience in several different areas, including finance, community relations and fundraising. Lo-Ann feels the best part of her job there was working with volunteers and the auxiliary.
Lo-Ann and her husband Tim and have three children and are coping quite well with an empty nest. They love to travel and are doing their best to see as much of the United States as they can.
Kim started with AHM in September of 2014. She brings a background in Business Management to the company, with over 20 years in Retail Management. She joins the payroll team which encompasses all phases of payroll processing, set up, and compliance.
Kim has four children and seven grandchildren. When not working, she enjoys spending time with them, as well as reading, biking and traveling.
Peg joined the American Hospitality Management team in June of 2015 where she maintains and enhances American Hospitality Management’s human resources by planning, implementing and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs and practices. Peg has been an active member of the Northern Michigan S.H.R.M and S.H.R.M. since 2009.
Peg brings over 25 years of hospitality management to American Hospitality Management. Her hotel hospitality back ground of thirteen years began with many various duties from auditor/ payroll to Director of Sales and Marketing for the Holiday Inn brand. MeriStar Hospitality, Hotel Corporation of America and Landmark Hotel Corporation are just a few of the management companies Peg has worked for during her hotel hospitality years. Peg left hotel hospitality management for a fifteen year HR/Payroll career at Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club, a privately owned golf community located in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
Peg enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty years, as well as traveling and entertaining.
Operations Support Assistant
Tami joined the AHM team in January 2013 as a receptionist, in July, 2013 she accepted the position of Operations Assistant with job duties consisting of New Business set up, Insurance Claim processing, Payables and Payroll.
Prior to joining the team Tami worked for three years as an Office Manager and 26 years as a Bookkeeper.
In her spare time she enjoy, walking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Senior Accounting Specialist
Amy works in financial operations here at AHM. Joining the team in 2010, she is responsible for financial reporting, stream-lining and other special projects.
Amy brings over 15 years of accounting/finance experience to the job, in addition to some hotel management experience. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) and an MSF from Walsh College.
When not working, Amy enjoys baking, exercising and spending time with family and friends.
Senior Accounting Specialist
Terri joined AHM’s Financial Operations team in October of 2007. Terri came to AHM from Great Lake Tissue Company’s (formerly P&G) accounting team. She has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and did some work toward her Bachelor’s Degree at Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.
Terri prepares monthly financial statements and sales tax returns for multiple properties and States. As part of the financial operations team, she also does cash management for several properties. Terri also works on other special projects and has been involved with new property take over and set up.
Terri enjoys being on or near the Lakes in Northern Michigan when she can, reading and traveling.
Senior Accounts Payable Coordinator
Gina has been with AHM since November of 2004. She is responsible for Accounts Payable for many of the hotels in AHM’s portfolio, to include hotels in Receivership.
Gina was born and raised in Cheboygan, MI. In her free time, she enjoys camping, fishing, and golfing with her family.
The Rest of the AHM Team
Anyone involved in hospitality management knows the people who work at the properties, and those in other support positions, bear the majority of the responsibility for the prosperity of each individual hotel. One of the key success factors enjoyed by AHM is the ability to hire, train, and retain the right people, and our years of management experience have taught us to value these important contributors. It is only through the dedication of this group that the properties we manage outperform all others within our various markets.