Dan Hurder, Chief Executive Officer of Great Plains Hospitality started his career with Hilton Garden Inn hotels after completing his BSBA in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at the University of Denver- Daniels College of Business. After eight years of operations based positions, including most recently as the General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, Hurder ventured into entrepreneurship with the purchase of The Otter Supper Club and Lodge while subsequently incorporating Great Plains Hospitality. Since 2011, Hurder has continued to open, operate, and manage successful restaurants across the Fargo-Moorhead area.
As Director of Operations for Great Plains Hospitality, Kent "manages the managers" offering his expertise from years in the industry from both a front of house and back of house perspective. Kent has been working in the service industry from the age of 18. He has split his time evenly between running kitchens and managing the front of house in restaurants and bars. He has accumulated 5 awards for his cocktails including Best Bloody Mary in North Dakota by Absolut Vodka, and winning the High Plains Readers annual cocktail showdown.
Through a unique partnership with her own firm, Organic Marketing, Megan serves as Director of Marketing for Great Plains Hospitality. Megan helps drive and structure the sales and marketing efforts at the property level. She has over a decade of industry experience, handling sales and marketing for a number restaurants and other businesses in the great Fargo Moorhead area.
Having started as a part time line cook at The Otter less than 5 years ago, Dexter has progressed quickly through the operational ranks to his current role as General Manager/Executive Chef at The Otter Supper Club an Lodge. As GM of one of the most unique properties in the GPH portfolio, Dexter is tasked with overseeing the operations of a small lodge, full service restaurant, bar, and liquor store.
Anthea has been in the service industry for 10 years. She has worked for Great Plains Hospitality for the past three years as a bartender, bar manager, and now General Manager of The Boiler Room. She is constantly working on staff development and curating the next great cocktail for the drink menu.
Josh has been working in bars for 8 years and is currently the General Manager of Twist. He has a passion for mixology, and he is most excited about how many people have been getting into mixology over the last year or two in Fargo. When he first started, the most creative thing that people really were having was flavored martinis. Now most people dining out are looking for new cocktails all the time. Josh was recently featured in the Bartender Showdown through High Plains Reader publication.
Lacy has been in the kitchen since she was 16 years old. She has nearly 20 years of experience in running and operating commercial kitchens. She has played a key role in opening every new restaurant in Great Plains Hospitality, and has made a tremendous impact on her co-workers. Lacy is currently the Kitchen Manager of Chef's Table Catering.