Cobblestone Hotels elevates Josie Kilgore to brand president

Josie Kilgore at Cobblestone Hotels' brand conference in Minneapolis. Photo credit: Cobblestone Hotels

Brian Wogernese, president, CEO and founder of Cobblestone Hotels, named Josie Kilgore brand president at the brand’s 2018 conference and 10-year celebration last week.

“Josie lives and breathes the brand.” Wogernese said in a statement. “This is the next step in the evolution of our brand.”

Kilgore has been in hotel industry for 14 years and joined the Cobblestone Hotels brand in 2007. 

FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER

Like this story? Subscribe to Operations!

Hospitality professionals turn to Operations as their go-to source for breaking news on guest rooms, food & beverage, hospitality trends, management, and more. Sign up today to get news and updates delivered to your inbox daily and read on the go.

Throughout the last 14 years, Kilgore held various positions including regional manager for WHG Companies and VP of franchise services for Cobblestone Hotels. Her expertise lies in operations, management, food and beverage, sales and marketing and customer relations.

“This brand is a family,” Kilgore said in a statement. “It was founded on a dream and is fueled by our owners’ and managers’ passion. To be given this opportunity is beyond humbling.” 

Kilgore plans to continue the brand’s focus on franchisee relations and technological advancements to the operations, and continuing to add resources to the growing brand.

Based in Neenah, Wis., Cobblestone Hotels is an upper-midscale hotel brand with over 140 hotels open, under construction or in development in 18 states. The company's signature amenities include high-speed internet access, a complimentary hot breakfast, convenience stores, fitness centers, business centers and more.

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites is part of Cobblestone Hotels, which also includes Cobblestone Inn & Suites and Boarders Inn and Suites by Cobblestone Hotels.