by George C. Ford
Hawkeye Hotels founders operated their first three hotels without any employees and no job was too menial for them. They now operate more than 50 hotels. Kinseth Hospitality traces its roots to the late 1950s when Kenneth Kinseth and his wife bought the small Deluxe Motel in Decorah. From about 50 employees when Kinseth Hospitality operated a single property, the company has grown to about 3,500 today. Drury Hotels was born from the Great Depression. Drury Hotels has grown over the decades to operate a chain of about 150 mid-scale, limited-service hotels and now employs more than 5,000 people.
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