Meet the ALP Interim Board
Dean Carlson - Innkeeper Emeritus - Key West, FL
Dean and his partner Paul owned The Mermaid and the Alligator for almost 20 years. In addition, Dean has been the owner/partner of an extensive vacation rental real estate portfolio and a vacation rental property management firm, Rent Key West Vacations, for 22 and 15 years respectively.
Dean is currently a Founding member of AIHP (now ALP) and part of the leadership team. Dean was a member of the Key West Innkeepers Association (KWIA) for nearly 20 years serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair. As Chairperson he oversaw the merging of the association into the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West, where he now serves as a Vice Chair. He is a member of the Florida Bed & Breakfast Inns (FBBI) where he also held a board position.
Patricia Detwiler - Broker / Consultant, Hospitality Properties for Sale, Florida
Patricia is a professional Hospitality Consultant and Real Estate Broker offering expert advice for Buyers and Sellers through Aspiring Innkeeper Workshops, teaching Exit Strategies and Individual Consultations. Patricia has a background in commercial lending. She was an innkeeper for more than 12 years and is also the Executive Director for the Florida Inns, a position she’s held for more than 10 years. Patricia was also on the former PAII (now ALP) Board.
John P. Finneran - Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, Salisbury Mills, New York
John is currently the Chairman, CEO, and Managing Member of the Finneran Family LLC whose principal operations include investments in Real Estate and Marketable Securities. Among the Group’s holdings include the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast - a multi-award winning fourteen room Inn located near the USMA at West Point.
Prior to forming the Finneran Family LLC, John was the Senior VP and CFO for The Edison Mission Group (1999 - 2011) (“EMG”) the unregulated power generation, energy trading, and Investment business of Edison International (“EIX”).
John previously was SVP of Finance and Treasurer of Richfood Holdings (1998-1999), a Fortune 500 food retail and wholesale distribution company that merged with Supervalu. Before that, he served as CFO and Treasurer of Dominion Energy (1995 – 1998) and VP & Treasurer of Potomac Capital Investment Corporation (1986 -1995) where he managed a $2 billion fixed income portfolio. Earlier experience included positions at the accounting firms Price Waterhouse and KPMG. He is a CPA.
John earned a BBA from Siena College; an MA in accounting/tax from George Washington University; and did post-graduate studies in finance at George Mason University. He has served as a lecturer of finance at Georgetown University. Before that, he was an adjunct professor of accounting at Northern Virginia College.
John serves on the Board of Advisors at his alma mater – Siena College, and is a Director of Medicus in Christi, a charitable organization founded to provide medical care to impoverished peoples of the Third World. In addition, John serves on the Board of Directors of the national Bed and Breakfast Association (Professional Association of Innkeepers International), is President of the NYS Bed and Breakfast Association (ESBBA), and is a Board member of the Hudson Valley Lodging Association. He also serves on the Board of the Blooming Grove/Washingtonville and Cornwall Chambers of Commerce.
John and his wife, Dena, have five grown children and 3 grandchildren. In his spare time, John likes to golf, read, workout, and maintain the grounds of their Inn. John was also on the former PAII (now ALP) Board.
Jim Leitch - Inn on Lake Granbury, Granbury, TX
Jim and his wife Cathy have been innkeepers/owners of the Inn on Lake Granbury for 12 years. He and his wife renovated a lakefront property built in 1880 to a modern, 15 room inn and retreat. Jim has served on the board of the Texas Bed & Breakfast Association. He is also past chairman of the City of Granbury Tourism Advisory Board. He is currently a board member of Visit Granbury, a tourism DMO.
Jim also served as part of the leadership group that transitioned Granbury from a city-run CVB to a DMO in 2015. Jim was also a founding member of the committee that established the Granbury Wine Walk, now in its 8th year as the most successful festival in Granbury. Jim is also a founding Leadership Team member of AIHP (now ALP).
Dan Ingraham - Afton Mountain Bed and Breakfast, Afton, VA
Dan and his wife Orquida have owned their B&B, an 1848 Victorian farmhouse in the foothills of Central Virginia’s the Blue Ridge Mountains, for 13 years. Dan has been a member of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) for 13 years and served as a member of the BBAV board of directors for 5 years where he has held the offices of Vice President, President, and Treasurer. Prior to his inn-keeping career, Dan worked mostly as a financial accountant for companies large and small in the Washington, DC Metro area, including several years of service for non-profit organizations, including Volunteers of America.
Marc R. Kassouf - Quiet Creek Inn and Strawberry Creek Inn, Idyllwild, CA
Marc R Kassouf --- Owner & Group General Manager of Quiet Creek Inn and Strawberry Creek Inn located in southern California’s mountaintop community of Idyllwild, Marc Kassouf is the current Vice-Chair of CABBI, the California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns, the state's premier boutique and B&B trade association.
No stranger to the travel & hospitality industries, Marc & his partner owned a travel agency and award-winning online travel magazine. In a past life, Marc worked as a systems and business operations consultant for almost two decades. He’s consulted with big banks, automakers, and has opened two five star resorts where he helped manage a staff of thirty technology professionals and installed dozens of systems. Over his career, Marc has presented workshops and spoken at several tradeshows, including past CABBI InnSpire, PAII InnKeeping, North American Travel Journalist’s’ Association, and multiple Los Angeles Times Travel Show and travel trade shows. Marc was on the former PAII (now ALP) Board.
Yvonne Martin - The White Oak Inn, Danville, OH
Yvonne and her husband Ian have been owner innkeepers at The White Oak Inn in Danville, Ohio for 25 years, where they live with 7 cats, a dog, and a pet sheep. She has always loved to cook and is the chef for the inn, which offers fine dining in the evenings. She is also one of the Eight Broads in the Kitchen, a group of eight innkeeper friends who have had a food blog since 2009, and offer consultation services, cooking classes, workshops and food demonstrations at venues throughout the country. Yvonne served on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Bed and Breakfast Association for 12 years and was its chairman for 6 years.
Prior to innkeeping, she worked in the investment industry in Canada, managing a bond and money market portfolio for an international insurance company for 10 years. For several years she was also the assistant industrial campaign chairman for the Canadian Heart Fund.
Janice DeLerno Verges - The Stockade Bed and Breakfast, Baton Rouge, LA
Innkeeping has been a passion for Janice for over 25 years. Even though she didn’t plan to become an innkeeper, she took to it like a duck to water once she discovered it. She enjoys the lifestyle and loves meeting guests from around the world. She has built the business from the ground up and changed with the industry as it has progressed, always looking for better ways to manage the day to day operations, as well as marketing for the future.
She has enjoyed diverse careers and experiences throughout her life which have been valuable to her as a bed & breakfast host. In her hometown of New Orleans, she worked as a draftsman in the oil industry during highschool. While attending LSU (Louisiana State University) she worked in the foodservice industry, as well as working as a custom picture framer in a local art gallery. Before opening and operating her own gallery and frame shop, a career which she enjoyed for 35 years, she also worked in the Interior Design field. She opened a restaurant and catering business for a short time before opening the Stockade Bed and Breakfast in Baton Rouge. “I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so I guess it is in my blood, “ says Janice.
She has served the hospitality industry since she opened the inn and has learned much from her association with International industry professionals worldwide in lodging, transportation and experiential travel. She is currently serving as the chairman of LTA (Louisiana Travel Association) and serves on the boards of both PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International) and LBBA (Louisiana Bed & Breakfast Association).
A retired businessman and professional musician, Janice’s husband Jerry is a natural performer and also enjoys entertaining the guests of The Stockade. They are happy to share their experiences of operating their award winning inn with newcomers as well as seasoned professionals. They live with their greeter cat Crybaby onsite at their property. Janice was also on the former PAII (now ALP) Board.