Batemans are 'Resorters of the Year'
Jennifer and Bob Bateman, owners and operators of Two Inlets Resort, were awarded the "Resorters of the Year" designation by the Congress of Minnesota Resorts (CMR) at their annual fall conference held recently at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria.
Each year, this statewide resort association presents this award to an outstanding resorter who has best exemplified the spirit and goals of the organization.
The award criteria are centered around the operation of a successful and progressive resort business, involvement in CMR activities, service to the tourism industry both at a state and local level and community service in other areas.
Batemans have been involved with the CMR for the past 13 years, and said continuing education has been a key factor in running their resort business.
"The CMR helps resort owners learn more and more about the business through conferences and workshops, statewide resort tours, their quarterly magazine and an online chat group. The CMR even has their own school, The School of Resorting," Jennifer Bateman said.
Being tuned in to state legislation that affects resorts is also important. They regularly participate in the CMR Day on the Hill and have also served on the CMR board of directors for seven years, serving as president for three of those years.
"Being involved with legislation, both at the county and state level, while sometimes challenging and frustrating, is needed to help existing resorts continue as a viable segment of the tourism industry," Jennifer Bateman said.
Outside of the CMR, they are also active on the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber marketing committee, a local bank board of directors, a golf course board of directors, school activities and their church.
While raising their three kids, who are now old enough to help with some resort duties, this couple has been able to grow their 13-cabin resort and make it prosper. Providing a high level of service and keeping their guests' vacation experience their number one priority is a key to this success.
They've added two four-bedroom cabins, upgraded several other cabins, improved the landscaping and added amenities.