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Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Announces General Manager Changes at Heidel House Resort & Spa and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

Kevin Karau named general manager of Heidel House Resort & Spa;
Mark Fenton named general manager of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 16, 2016-- Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced that Kevin Karau has been named general manager of Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wis. The company also announced that Mark Fenton will assume the general manager role at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva, Wis.

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Kevin Karau (Photo: Business Wire)

Kevin Karau (Photo: Business Wire)

Karau comes to Heidel House Resort & Spa after serving as general manager of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark since 2014. In his new role, Karau will oversee the operations of the year-round destination resort located on Wisconsin’s deepest inland lake, including 18,000 square feet of meeting space, 180 guestrooms, dining establishments including Grey Rock restaurant and the award-winning Evensong Spa.

Karau joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2013 as director of operations for the AAA Four-Diamond Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, he served as general manager of three beachfront hotels for Seahaven Beach Resorts in Panama City Beach, Fla. Karau’s more than 20-year hospitality career includes general manager roles under ResortQuest International, one of the largest vacation rental management companies in the U.S. He also served as director of lodging at Portofino Island Resort & Spa in Pensacola Beach, Fla. and hotel manager of Snowshoe Resort in Snowshoe, W.Va. under Intrawest Resorts. His prior experience includes serving as vacation rental operations manager for WaterColor Inn and Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and revenue manager of the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. He attended Belmont Abby College in North Carolina.

Fenton joins Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark after serving as resident manager at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. In his new role, he will oversee the operations of the only all-suite destination of its kind in the Midwest, offering year-round family fun featuring Moose Mountain Falls, a 50,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark, 225 suites, meeting spaces and family barbecue restaurant.

Prior to joining Marcus Hotels in 2014, Fenton was with Hyatt Hotels Corporation for nearly 25 years. He began his hospitality career as a corporate trainee, and was later promoted to director of rooms and senior director of rooms at prestigious locations including the Hyatt Waikiki Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Hyatt Regency Sacramento and Hyatt Charlotte. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in hotel and restaurant management and attended Les Roches, a Swiss hotel school.

“We are confident that both Kevin and Mark will bring operational excellence to their new properties. They are proven hospitality leaders and will positively engage with the local communities and their associates,” said Joseph Khairallah, chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

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About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. For more information, please visit: and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

Source: The Marcus Corporation

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