Tom Torgerson: CEO
Tom Torgerson is the current CEO and Chairman of the Board with over 30 years of hospitality industry experience. Under his leadership, TPI has grown its portfolio to over 38 properties open or under construction to date and over 2,000 associates.
Mitch Peterson : President
Mitch Peterson offers more than 25 years of hospitality experience and over two decades of history with Torgerson Properties. With a well-rounded background in operations, strategic planning and financial management, Mitch compliments his experience with a degree in Economics coupled with concentrations in Business Administration, Computer Science and Accounting. Mitch’s leadership and vision provide the cultural and operational foundation for day-to-day operations of the company. Mitch currently serves on the IHGOA Holiday Inn Brand Committee, Hospitality Minnesota Board of Directors, and the Southwest State Minnesota University Culinology and Hospitality Management Advisory Board. He is also the Past Chairman of the Hospitality Minnesota Board of Directors, President of the Minnesota Lodging Association, and has served on the IHGOA Staybridge Suites Brand Committee.
Bob Smith : VP, Facility Maintenance
Vice President of Facilities, Bob joined Torgerson Properties in 1999 as campus chief engineer with over 13 years experience in facilities maintenance. Through his commitment to excellence and demonstrated proficiency, Smith proved invaluable to Torgerson Properties, making him a natural choice for his newly created role. Smith began his career at the Radisson Hotel St Paul as a maintenance engineer. After eight years of technical vocational classes, Smith earned a 1st class C boilers license, a universal refrigerant certificate and several other related certificates. Immediately prior to joining Torgerson Properties, Smith was named maintenance specialist and served as the lead engineer at the Radisson Inn Town Square.
Joel Vogler : VP, Hotel Operations
A graduate of the Hotel & Restaurant Management program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Joel joined TPI in 1997. With over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, Joel brings personal experience and professional insight to his responsibilities as Vice President of Hotel Operations. Joel is married, with a son and a daughter and enjoys tennis, basketball and golf when he’s not watching his favorite NFL football team, the Green Bay Packers.
Joe Kohaut : VP, Restaurant Operations Before joining TPI in 2007, Joe Kohaut consulted with local independent restaurants, adding structure and the necessary disciplines for success. Before that Joe spent nine years with Buca Incorporated holding several executive positions. Kohaut joined Buca early on when they had six locations and was integral in the successful growth to over 100 locations. Now, as a regional vice president, he motivates and encourages the people at TPI’s restaurants to stay accountable, profitable, and continue to give outrageous customer-service. During his free time Kohaut loves to spend time with his wife and four kids.
Pete Bromelkamp : VP, Human Resources Working in the hospitality industry for over thirty years has given Pete Bromelkamp a keen understanding of what a guest expects when they visit a hotel or restaurant. Since joining Torgerson Properties in 1999, Bromelkamp has served as a General Manager, Project Specialist, Regional Vice President of Food & Beverage, Vice President of Training & Development and his current role as Vice President of Human Resources.
Through his passion for “outrageous guest service” he assists almost 2,000 Torgerson Properties associates in delivering an unforgettable experience to every guest. In addition, he assures that each associate receives the individual mentoringnecessary to create their own success as well as the success of the entire Torgerson Properties team. In his free time, Bromelkamp enjoys biking, camping and spending time with his wife and three children.
Dennis Wallenta : VP, Hotel Operations
Before joining TPI’s senior management team in 1999 as Vice President of Hotel Operations, Dennis Wallenta spent his first 9 years with TPI in hotel operations as an Assistant GM, Director Of Sales and Opening General Manager of two of TPI’s first metro hotels. Dennis takes great pride in motivating, encouraging and training his properties on the essentials of excellence in guest services and profitability. Dennis and his wife have three beautiful daughters that keep him very busy at home.
John Cox : Director of Revenue Management
After graduating from Michigan State’s Hotel & Restaurant management program, John began his hotel career over 15 years ago with Hilton Hotels at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel as night resident manager. Over the past five years, John has been a cluster revenue manager, partnering with leading hotel brands as Hilton’s Garden Inn and Homewood, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott and the Holiday Inn brands. Combining his operational background with his expertise in revenue management systems and applications, John has a passion for “telling the story” behind the numbers. John loves sharing the outdoors with his three children including alpine skiing, climbing and hiking as well as coaching competitive youth soccer.