Waterford Hotel Group names Deborah Hermance GM of the Lord Jeffery Inn

The exterior of the Lord Jeffery Inn. Photo credit: Waterford Hotel Group

Waterford Hotel Group promoted Deborah Hermance to GM of The Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, Mass. As GM, Hermance is responsible for all aspects of the hotel’s operations. Waterford Hotel Group, a national hotel and convention center management firm, manages the 49-room hotel. 

Hermance joined the Waterford team in 2012 with hotel experience as director of operations at The Lord Jeffery Inn. She began her management career in the front office before she held the position of director of rooms and revenue at the Saint Paul Hotel in St. Paul, Minn. Other roles include director of revenue at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., and owner and GM of The Wayside Inn Restaurant, Pub and Banquet Hall in Breckenridge, Colo.

“Debbie has done a wonderful job since joining The Lord Jeffery team,” Duane Schroder, VP of operations at Waterford Hotel Group, said in a statement. “She is most deserving of this promotion and we wish her great success in her new role.”

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For more than 80 years, The Lord Jeffery Inn has been a part of Amherst and the surrounding community. The 46,000-square-foot Inn was originally built in the 1920’s and was fully renovated in 2012. The 49-suite property is designed to attract the extended-stay business traveler, as well as the corporate and leisure traveler. With more than 8,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, including a 2,360-square-foot ballroom and multipurpose meeting room, The Lord Jeffery Inn is designed for business functions, conferences, board meetings and social events. A tented garden area offers the option of outdoor space with room for as many as 180 guests.