• CSM Lodging Welcomes New Regional Sales Director

    POSTED February 28, 2014

CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, recently appointed Robert Payne as regional sales director for the hospitality management and ownership company. 

"I am very pleased and excited to announce Robert’s promotion within our company," said Kate Burda, vice president of sales and marketing at CSM Lodging.  "He is an inspiring leader who has a unique ability to lead by example while motivating his team to pursue excellence in all areas.  This is a well-deserved promotion and we congratulate him!"

In his new role, Payne will oversee and lead the sales programs for CSM Lodging's properties in the Milwaukee and Greater Portland markets, as well as the company’s full service consortium of hotels. 

Payne was previously director of sales and marketing for The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, CSM Lodging’s flagship property. In addition, he has previously served as director and vice president for Meeting Professionals International, Minnesota Chapter. 

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