Lauris Molbert is the CEO of TMI Hospitality, which is headquartered in Fargo, ND. TMI Hospitality develops, manages and owns select service and extended stay hotels across the United States. With over 4,500 team members, the company currently operates more than 180 hotels in 25 states. Prior to joining TMI Hospitality, Lauris served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Otter Tail Corporation (Nasdaq: OTTR). He graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law and has an undergraduate degree in finance, accounting and banking from the University of North Dakota. He has served on numerous public, private and non-profit boards, including Sanford Health System Board of Trustees, Community First Bank Shares (Nasdaq: CFBX), BlackRidge Financial, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, MeritCare Health Systems, University of North Dakota Foundation and Alumni Association, and Arthur Ventures Fund.
As Chief Operating Officer of TMI Hospitality, Brian Hicks oversees ongoing business operations within the company including Hotel Operations, Sales & Marketing, Revenue Management, Procurement, and Capital Improvements. He is responsible for ensuring our team members are delivering on our promise of Impressing Guests® every day. Prior to joining TMI, Brian served as Vice President of Revenue Management for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) where he was responsible for revenue management strategy and implementation across Europe and Asia. He has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, serving in the areas of yield management, revenue analysis, and hotel operations. Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from University of Wisconsin-Stout.
As CFO of TMI Hospitality, Lisa Helbling oversees the financial functions and performance of the organization, including direct accounting, financial reporting, financial planning, treasury, internal audit and business risk management. Prior to joining the company Lisa worked at Otter Tail Corporation in a variety of roles, including vice president of internal audit and business risk management, supervisor of accounting transactions of Otter Tail Power Company and controller of Otter Tail Energy Services. Before her time at Otter Tail Corporation, Lisa worked at Clarica Life Insurance Company as controller, financial analyst, cross functional team leader and manager of internal audit. She also worked as a CPA at Eide Helmeke & Co. Lisa is a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor. She received an accounting degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a business administration degree from North Dakota State University.
As Chief People and Culture Officer of TMI Hospitality, Ann Christenson oversees compensation, benefits, corporate communications, culture, employee relations, organizational learning and development, and talent acquisition. Prior to joining TMI, Ann served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Support Services at Sanford Health, where she was accountable for human resources, facilities, safety, security, food services, environmental services, and electronics. She has also worked in human resources as Case New Holland (Fargo, ND), Dakota Tube (Watertown, SD), and the City of Fergus Falls (MN). Ann holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from Concordia College, and a Master’s in Public Health, Healthcare, and Human Service Administration.
Tracy Koenig is responsible for developing and managing the company’s information and communication systems and aligning the information technology entity with the company’s strategic plan, mission and vision. Before joining TMI Hospitality, he served as chief information officer and senior vice president of information technology for Ulteig Engineers, Inc., a multi-discipline engineering and land surveying firm headquartered in Fargo, N.D. Prior to that, Tracy designed and maintained LAN/WAN infrastructure and security at SEI Information Technology and was the IT manager for Intellisol International/Workface ROI. He serves as president of the North Dakota CIO Exchange, is on the board of directors of the Information Technology Council of North Dakota and is a member of the CIO Executive Roundtable of North Dakota. Tracy received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D.
As TMI’s General Counsel, Butch McConn supervises and develops systems for addressing the legal risks of the company and serves as the primary legal strategist for TMI Hospitality. He oversees the selection and management of outside counsel. He also oversees and manages the corporate affairs and corporate governance of the company and the company’s commercial contracts. Butch brings to TMI a unique combination of experience through the private practice of law during which he represented municipalities and small and regional businesses, and through the ownership of several companies including an Internet consulting company, a construction company and an abstract and title company. He is the past chairperson and a member of the board of directors of Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo, N.D., and the Fargo Flyers. He was the lead contractor for the construction of the Freedom House, Fargo, N.D., a home constructed and presented to the surviving family of a fallen soldier. Butch earned his law degree and his business administration degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.