“We love helping innkeepers get some time off for themselves,” says Lynda Lerner of Interim Innkeepers Network (IIN), this week’s featured exhibitor. That sentiment, along with their commitment to the innkeeping profession and its members is what energizes their organization.
Interim Innkeepers Network provides bed and breakfast inn owners a go-to place to find temporary or long term innkeeping management assistance. They are not a placement service – rather a referral network. They can help to bridge a gap with an Interim Innkeeper who can ensure uninterrupted service for an inn when its management must be away, taking care of everything from processing reservations to serving a full breakfast. Some members provide training for those considering careers in the Bed and Breakfast industry and/or as interim innkeepers.
When asked what changes they see in the industry, Lynda pointed to two trends they have observed. First, while many innkeepers use their services for short stints, they are seeing more long term assignments from innkeepers for a variety of reasons. Secondly, they see that more inns are now run by someone other than the owner.
IIN serves over 40 states across the country so they are familiar with regional differences as well as common needs. Lynda sees the biggest challenge for inns today is, “to remain competitive in their local markets.”
“Innkeepers need time to recharge their own batteries but be able to leave their B&B in capable professional hands,” she says. “It is rewarding to see the Innkeeper return with renewed zest for the business they love.”