The Missing Ingredient
Oct27

The Missing Ingredient

Would you cook an omelet without the egg?  Would you offer morning coffee without cream and sugar to your guests?  You could do the above things, but it just wouldn’t work as well, would it?  The same can be said for trying to run a state, provincial or local B&B association, or even PAII, without input and involvement from the membership.  There is a disturbing pattern at many B&B associations, from what I observe – a...

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Innkeeping Fun in Natchez
Jul22

Innkeeping Fun in Natchez

I just love coming to Mississippi and Louisiana to visit with the innkeepers in these two states.  Fortunately for my travel schedule, they host a combined annual conference, and this week it was in Natchez, Mississippi.  Thank you to Peter Sharp (President of BBAM and innkeeper at the Fairview Inn in Jackson, MS) for having me as the opening speaker and for allowing me to judge the Innkeeper Cook-Off.  What a blast!  It wasn’t...

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Day 1 at the 2009 Innkeeping Show – Allied Association Leadership Meeting

I’ve asked some folks at the INnkeeping Show here in Atlanta to “guest blog” about their experiences. These are being cross-posted to the PAII member forum. Heather Tyreman Bronze Antler B&B Joseph, OR Greetings from Atlanta and the 2009 PAII Conference! Today’s pre-conference activity included the Association Leaders Meeting. Twenty-five innkeeper-leaders from across the United States and Canada assembled...

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WHYDFML?
Sep04

WHYDFML?

That’s not a typo. It’s just a long acronym. It stands for “what have you done for me lately?” I suppose we’re not always best at tooting our own horn, but we have some fantastic things going on I want to share with everyone – a few things we’ve already announced and others that will be news to members. As I travel to state association meetings throughout the country, I’m often asked by non-members (including many former...

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Innkeeping New Orleans Style
Jul29

Innkeeping New Orleans Style

I spent four and a half days in New Orleans last week, attending and speaking at the Louisiana/Mississippi Bed and Breakfast Conference. It was a fantastic event. The innkeepers I met were among the most hospitable I’ve met in all my travels. The conference content was great. The city is back in business. All-in-all, a well-rounded experience. I was hosted by innkeepers Joe and Bebe Rabhan of the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast on...

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