Management Team

  • Dana Lu Bryson – Owner, Managing Partner
  • Jeff Burns – Director of Operations
  • Dee Jarvis - Staff Accountant
  • Heather Dow - Accounting Clerk
  • Lana Schlotfeldt – GM, Event Planner
  • Beth Gardner – Director of Sales
  • Araceli Franco - Head Chef Village Inn
  • Javier Encinzo – Property Maintenance Engineer
  • Lili Salgado - Banquet Manager
  • Lourdes Rivers - Executive Housekeeper
  • Kim Bruce - Revenue Manager
  • Steve Lawson – GM, Event Management
  • Nicole Holcombe - Executive Housekeeper
  • Allison Southard – Director of Sales
  • Rebecca Woodcock – Revenue Manager
  • Ali Utley - FOH/Chef Brookstown Inn
  • Paul Magee - Head Chef Brookstown Inn
  • Mena Parrish – GM, Event Management
  • Derek Cress – Culinary Management
  • Joyce Allen - Director of Sales
  • Jamie Davis – IT Director
  • David Phillips – Web Design & Marketing



Dana Bryson – Owner / CEO


Dana Bryson, Owner of KZ Hotels, has a true passion for hospitality, business, and helping others succeed. With a Business degree from Salem College and Concentration in Accounting, she worked for a hospitality management company serving many branded and independent hotel operations. In over 19 years in the industry, her hospitality experience spans from accounting, operations, finance, new construction, renovations, business development, sales and marketing, and revenue management which eventually led to investment, ownership and management in three hotel operations of her own. Dana enjoys giving back to her community and has served as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce, numerous Tourism Boards, and volunteers for Junior Achievement. JA in unique in sparking a spirit of entrepreneurship in under privileged school districts and is taught in the classroom as early as Kindergarten. Dana is recognized as a recipient of the Women in Business award by Triad Biz Journal, the L-C Chamber of Commerce Leadership award, as well as several other industry awards such as the Certificate of Excellence for her hotel properties. She has been a keynote speaker and panelist for industry and community symposiums as well as guest speaker at Salem College in a Women, Work and Happiness Senior Seminar. Dana’s strength and energy derives from serving her clients in a manner that provides productive results through leadership and proven strategies. In a day where Small Businesses need more than a consultant, KZ Hotels provides the experience that achieves goals by old fashion hard work accompanied by a smarter way of doing things. Who says you can’t work smarter AND harder! She understands what it means to be in business, and aspires to share her expertise with small businesses, by supporting them in ways that allow them to focus on earnings. 

Beth Gardner - Director of Sales

Beth Gardner Director of Sales

Beth Gardner is Director of Sales for Village Inn Event Center, managed by KZ Hotels. Her background has been in travel and hospitality with over 36 years working with Piedmont Airlines/US Air and Aladdin Travel including 15 years with Village Inn Event Center. Beth's strengths are in cultivating relationships and meeting clients needs in the large group, corporate meetings, and conventions market assisting clients will all of their meeting, food and beverage, and overnight hospitality needs. Her intimate understanding of these markets combined with experience in assisting meeting planners with space and lodging demands makes her an effective top performing Sales Director as well as provide guidance to our Sales Force. Some of Beth’s special interests include painting Barn Quilts (she is an artist), attending Gregg Allman concerts, and Go cart riding. She also has a keen sense of fashion and style which contributes to her artistic expressions.

Araceli Franco


Araceli Franco is the Head Chef at Village Inn Event Center, managed by KZ Hotels. Her background has been in Culinary and hospitality with over 20 years with Village Inn Event Center. Araceli's strengths are in creating a culinary experience that satiates the appetite of our finest clients while delivering consistent quality for up to 700 guests...on time!

Jeff Burns – Director of Operations


Jeff Burns, a retired Marine, held Top Secret Clearance as a Communications Center Supervisor exemplifying the United States Marine Corps Value in Honor, Courage and Commitment. Jeff’s professional career spans over 23 years in Food and Beverage Operations and Hotel Management. He recognizes that Food and beverage is a critical component of successful operations and has a proven track record in delivering impactful results with a tactical approach. In addition to F&B Operations, Jeff is an experienced Controller focusing in Financial Budgeting, Reporting, Cost Reduction, & Profitability Management.

Lana Schlotfeldt - Event Management and General Manager

Lana Schlotlfeldt General Manager

Lana Schlotfeldt, is an expert in Event Management with over 20 years of experience in planning, creative design, and directing nearly 400 events annually at Village Inn Event Center. Her creative energy and organizational skills are witnessed in the delivery of quality customer service with integrity, elegance, and confidence. She assists our clients and meeting planners in making valuable decisions such as menus, seating set-up, and program design for weddings, corporate meetings, parties and other social events. She also specializes in unique party decorating with special lighting, fabrics, and design that creates the perfect atmosphere for each occasion. Lana is known to Wobble, loves to dance and travel, and has a passion for extreme sports.

Derek Cress - Culinary Manager

Chef Derek Cress

Chef Derek Cress boasts 15 years of Culinary Experience as a Chef of Fine Dining restaurants and catering services. His strength is creating appealing food and beverage options, strategic cost controls, creative and intelligent designs, and thoughtful touches that create a memorable guest experience while delivering profitability to the bottom line.

Kim Bruce - Revenue/Front Office Manager

Kim Bruce

Kim Bruce was born into hospitality and has spent over 5 years at Village Inn Event Center as Front Office and Revenue Manager. At an early age, she learned to care for others, humans and animals! She still nurtures both and enjoys a working farm, while she keeps the numbers in line at the office. She has never met a stranger and is the type of individual who 'always goes the distance'. Her strength is inspiring staff to connect with our guests by finding the positive in life and by assisting them in their travels. By creating this memorable experience for guests, they tend to remember Kim and ask for her by name when they return.