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Our 29th Annual National Conference was held last month at your hotel and it was an excellent experience. Using your amazing hotel proved to be a great choice for our company, our customers and our Agri Business partners. I must admit to being slightly nervous about using a hotel on a college campus for our conference, but all went well! We appreciated the awesome food, great service and friendly attitude at your hotel.

Your staff did an excellent job of fulfilling our conference requirements for the four day event. I especially want to commend Jason Sitte as he is just fun to work with and very conscientious in the planning and contract stages! Lacy Hinson also did a wonderful job of coordinating the event. They were both very pleasant to work with, helpful, and showed flexibility when needed. We have a complex event and both were able to understand it well and work through all of the details.

Your cooks and food and beverage wait staff were outstanding! I’m sure that your cooks will remember our group as the one group with no vegetarians.

Our post-conference surveys completed by our conference attendees showed an average score of 9.266 out of 10 points from 90 surveys who responded to the “Hotel Guest Room Accommodations” questions. 51 people gave it a 10! Scores for meeting room facilities and food/beverage quality were also strong. You should be very proud.

Thanks for having a great group of people to work with as well as an excellent facility. We look forward to a return visit.

Sincerely,
Lori Campbell - Conference Manager




I am writing today to thank you for the incredible support the Commons Hotel gave us this summer. This summer we were fortunate to host two international groups, the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine and the Foreign Agriculture Service Collaborative Exchange. The first group consisted of five Chinese dignitaries and the second included twenty-three professionals from nine different countries. We could not claim success for either of these events without your support from the Commons Hotel!

The hotel’s efforts to make our visitors from multiple cultures comfortable were above and beyond our expectations. When asked about their stay at UMN, all guests raved about the incredible hospitality they received from the Commons. Throughout these global exchanges we exchanged ideas, met with University leadership, and planned our next steps to protect and defense the food system collaboratively. I realize this was made possible because our guests were comfortable and well rested!

I especially would like to recognize Mr. Jason Sitte and Ms. Marlene Novak. They made organizing these visits easy. Their professionalism and commitment to ensuring our international guests were content were incredible and greatly appreciated. Thank you for being an instrumental part of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense summer. We are definitely looking forward to collaborating again in the future!

Thank You,
Amy Kircher - NCFPD Director



Your hotel is anything but common. Recently, a project I needed to perform brought me to Minneapolis for All-Star Week. I was 100% unfamiliar with the lay of the land and my wife picked your hotel for my stay.

I stay in countless hotels, yet the service could never top your team. Your purchasing shipping manager was polite and professional. Your front desk was helpful with dinner reservations, questions, parking and speedy at transaction snack purchases.

We dined in the Beacon and every human touch was exceptional. The hostesses, servers and bartenders were top notch. I am very thankful and appreciative.

Sincerely,
Paul Yeomans - USA Marketing