Juliano started his career with Westin and Marriott, where he developed strong operational knowledge as food & beverage director, rooms director and general manager, before ultimately supervising multiple properties at the executive level. He continued along the executive path in the roles of assistant vice president of operations of Aston Hotels & Resorts, regional vice president of RockResorts, and vice president of lodging of Vail Resorts. Additionally, Juliano spent nearly a decade supervising luxury hotels and resorts in Hawaii and Mexico as vice president of the Kea Lani Hotel (now The Fairmont Kea Lani), President and CEO of Kapalua Resort and CEO of Paraiso del Mar.
Heidi has been with Cote Family’s Accounting/Finance team for over twenty two years. She started as a Staff Accountant and continued along the financial path in the roles of Senior Accountant, Accounting Manager, Grand View Lodge Resort Controller and was promoted to Corporate Controller in June, 2019. Heidi is responsible for the Finance Management over the entire Cote Family Destinations. Heidi is an active community participant and has served on multiple boards including the CLC Accounting and the Nisswa Library Advisory Boards. Before bringing her talent to Cote Family Destinations, she graduated from Bemidji State University with a major in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration. Outside of the office, Heidi’s hobbies include yoga, biking, paddle boarding and boating the Gull Lake Chain.
Educated in the law, Merrick transferred that skill-set into Human Resources, and has been a Human Resources Executive for over eighteen (18) years. Merrick currently is the Company Director of Human Resources for Cote Family Destinations, a growing organization overseeing resorts and related activities in both Minnesota and Arizona. He also continues to consult providing both strategic and tactical human capital management guidance to his clients. He had previously opened and assisted in the successful operating of the highest profile hotel in the country – Trump International Hotel, Washington, DC. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Human Resources at United Service Companies, where he had partnered with key business leaders to reshape the “people management” approach of the organization. He had previously held the position of Vice President of Human Resources at Rivers Casino where he helped orchestrate the successful opening of the property in July 2011. Prior to Rivers, he left California in 2007 for Illinois when recruited by the Hyatt Hotel Corporation to lead the HR team at the Hyatt Regency Chicago through a time of labor unrest and challenge. He had previously led HR at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, a California 4-Diamond hotel/gaming destination, for five (5) years, opening that property. Merrick earned his BA from UC Santa Barbara – double majoring in history and anthropology. He earned his JD from American University (Washington College of Law). Merrick has his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, and has taught/advised at Kendall College, DePaul University and Georgetown.
Frank Soukup is the Director of Marketing for Cote Family Destinations. He also serves on the Brainerd Chamber Board of Directors, Hospitality MN Board of Directors, and the Hospitality MN Education Foundation. Frank’s areas of expertise include advertising, marketing, web direction, videography, photography, SEO, social media, and more.
Frank has been a freelance artist for over 32 years, creating innovative marketing and graphic concepts for many companies including Grand View Lodge, Tanque Verde Ranch, ProfitPro Ag, Rapala, Miller Nitro, Bitterboy Activewear, Turck, Golden Care Financial, United Way, and much more. He is an internationally produced artist from illustrating children’s books to creating publications in conservation agriculture.
Jessica Jacobson serves as Revenue Manager of Cote Family Destinations. She oversees yield management, forecasts revenue performance and strategy adjustments among other duties. Jacobson has been with the Cote Family Destinations company for over 10 years and has performed roles as Reservations Supervisor, Family Reunion Sales Manager, Reservations Manager, Front Desk Manager, and Guest Services Manager. She graduated on the President’s List from St. Cloud Technical College with an AAS in Advertising. While at SCTC she was president and presenter of a student organization called American Advertising Federation (AAF). AAF is a student run, in-house advertising agency. After graduation, she started her career at US Bank as a Banker. Originally from Cold Spring, MN, her hobbies include traveling, running, biking, and camping. She has served on the Pequot Lakes Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter for nine years and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce.
Don joined the Cote Family as general manager for Grand View Lodge in November 2020. An industry veteran with over 30 years of luxury hospitality experience, Lenahan will oversee all of the management and operations for the iconic lakeside property to continue to position Grand View Lodge as the preferred resort destination in Minnesota and the greater Midwest.
Prior to joining Grand View Lodge, Lenahan held the position of hotel manager at the Westin Kansas City and the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, a multi-branded Complex consisting of 1,444 guest rooms, extensive event space, and nine food and beverage outlets. Lenahan has also held leadership roles at numerous luxury properties within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and noteworthy private clubs, most recently serving as director of hotel operations for The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, and general manager of The Amelia Island Equity Club. He also held executive leadership roles at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Jamaica, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, and The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. He was a pivotal team member of The Ritz-Carlton’s New Hotel Openings Task Force, where he provided pre-opening operational expertise for new build or flag conversions through critical path process management.
A dynamic professional with extensive experience in world-class hotel and golf operations both domestic and international, Lenahan is well placed to help poise the historic resort for another successful century, and beyond.
Mark’s knowledge from 42 years of resort management, 25 years as the director of development for Grand View Lodge brings a wealth of expertise that speaks for itself with over $50 Million in vacation home sales and 15 years of real estate sales. He loves his most recent role as the Director of real estate and broker for Grand View Real Estate.
Ronnei has been actively involved in City and County steering committees, specifically those related to the resort industry and land development. A strong advocate for encouraging children to read, Ronnei founded the Enhanced Reading Foundation to provide funds for books in every classroom at the local Elementary School.
Ronnei serves on the Board for the Brainerd Community Foundation, Bridges of Hope, the Minnesota Chamber, and the Nisswa Enhanced Reading Foundation. He is also a member of the Community Budget Committee for Independent School District 181. Ronnei attended both Southwest State University and Cornell University.
Terry Hanley serves as the General Manager of Tanque Verde Ranch. Terry is responsible for day-to-day operations, employee satisfaction, guest satisfaction, assisting in maintaining the property, driving revenues, expense control, budgeting, and if the roads flood, cooking breakfast!
Terry carries an array of hospitality experience. He started in Calgary Alberta, with a family-owned restaurant business. After 11 years in the food and beverage industry, he began his first hotel job at Westin Calgary. Terry quickly moved from the Food and Beverage side of things to explore more on the hotel side. After a good three years, Terry received another great opportunity to work at the Westin Maui. Here, Terry worked with the front desk, housekeeping, profit improvement, and Service Express for almost seven years. He then moved to the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, before transferring to Portland, Oregon, where he was General Manager of The Four Points by Sheraton.
Terry was born in Alberta, Canada, and moved to Calgary when he was three years old. He considers Calgary home. In his free time, Terry enjoys traveling, golfing, ice skating, hiking, and spending time with his two sons.
Samuel Ruggles Cote serves as Executive Director of the Cote Family Destinations two childrens camps – Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert. As a third generation camp director, Ruggs follows his family’s legacy and passion for camp and its mission with children from around the world. Cote has been actively involved from his years as a young camper to his present leadership position, where he served as Camp Director for 13 years before becoming Executive Director.
Cote has been an active member of the American Camp Association since 1997, the ACA Standards Visitor since 2007 and volunteer at Excelsior Elementary. He graduated from DePauw University in 1993 where he majored in Economics and was treasurer of his fraternity. Ruggs continues the Cote Family’s tradition of excellence in camping and youth development.