By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
The new owners of Keizer Renaissance Inn have indicated “significant” changes are coming for Keizer’s only hotel.
So far, what has been significant has been the personnel shake up.
As mentioned in the Keizertimes last week, Keizer Hotel Corp. has acquired the 86-room conference center hotel, located at 5188 Wittenberg Lane NE. The deal was announced July 1, with the sale going through June 28.
The hotel entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the spring and was undergoing reorganization.
Sherrie Gottfried, the former director of Sales and Catering at Renaissance Inn, said that reorganization continued last week. None of the previous managers stayed on staff following the change in ownership.
Gottfried said she and fellow managers Steve Lacey and Roger Phillips left in consecutive days last week.
“I’m no longer employed at the hotel,” Gottfried told the Keizertimes on Monday. “Negotiations could not be completed. We kept negotiating back and forth. We had a handshake deal, but the contract was not what we had hand shook on. I was floored. I thought we were going to be able to come to an agreement. Really, I’m more disappointed because of my clients. I loved my clients.”
Lacey noted on his Facebook page he started a new job this week at Electric Motor and Machine in Salem. In a July 3 post, he talked about leaving Renaissance Inn.
“This has been a weird week,” Lacey posted. “Without going into detail, I am no longer employed at the hotel. This is bittersweet.”
Earlier this week, Lacey had a post about the new hotel owners.
“Hostile takeover,” he wrote. “Hostile people. Can’t work for people who don’t respect me.”
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