America’s Best Value Inn names Tina Stripe general manager

Published 2:00 pm Saturday, May 1, 2010

America’s Best Value Inn of Albert Lea announces the appointment of longtime Albert Lea resident Tina Stripe to general manager.

As general manager, Stripe is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 127-room, full-service hotel and its adjoining restaurant, the Big Island Grill, and the Land Between the Lakes Event Center. Stripe will continue to oversee sales and marketing strategies.

“Tina is a great asset to this organization and her leadership during the transition to the ABVI brand has enabled us to flourish and grow during a challenging period,” said Phil Johnson, the ABVI’s president and owner. “I know that Tina will bring the same energy and enthusiasm to her expanded role and continue to build on the ABVI’s solid foundation.”

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Prior to joining the ABVI, Stripe owned and operated Flowers By Curt for 23 years and was a member of the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for more than 20 years.

“The ABVI is a great Albert Lea resource, and I’m proud to lead it into a new era,” said Stripe. “As a full-service hotel, we can accommodate business meetings, family get-togethers or elaborate weddings. We have everything you are looking for!”

Stripe grew up in Albert Lea. She is married to James Stripe. They have three children: Carlton, Karina and Chloe.

To contact Tina Stripe, call 373-6471, or e-mail