Mistelle grew up here in Northern Michigan both summering in Bay View and as a graduate of Petoskey High School where she was the first female to represent PHS at DECA nationals and a founder of the women’s soccer team
She has spent over 20 years building, developing, and operating successful management companies and hospitality property operations over both major city markets and tourism-driven markets – specifically specializing in revenue development & strategies and business development & partnerships. With extensive training from the leaders of the hospitality industry and founding members and technology firms of the Vacation Rental and Property Management companies – Mistelle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Northern Michigan area.
She began her career working in hotels with Marriott and Hilton branded properties. After becoming the Regional VP of sales for Marriott’s largest franchise partner, she moved to the operational side of hospitality working with red-zoned and underperforming properties across the midwest, northeast, and southeast regions of the United States.
After successfully flipping financially and operationally struggling properties in hotel operations she expanded her experience working directly with the largest private white label Online Travel Agency – now owned and operated by Expedia and VRBO.
Overseeing over 5000 condos and homes in the vacation rental management segment, she was in charge of the complete revenue strategies for properties from Biloxi, MS to Panama City Beach, FL. During this time, Mistelle worked with over 300 management companies and independent owner-operators giving her an extremely in-depth understanding of effective vacation home management and profitability across the Southeast.
After successfully increasing revenue across multiple markets by over 700% over 2 years – Mistelle joined forces with one of the Southeast’s largest and most successful developers to help expand the Vacation Rental Management Company and facilities. There she oversaw the transition of 14 different HOA’s, multiple golf courses, on-site TowneCenter and over 500 rental properties with 9 different on-site management companies.
Her responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of operation and development of all revenue strategies and performance for the assorted segments and their independent growth. During this same time frame, Mistelle built, owned, and operated the #1 rated thing to do in Destin, FL for 10 years in a row – before selling in 2018 to return to her roots here in Northern Michigan.
In her free time, you will find her either seeking out adventure or quietly relaxing fireside. She regularly skis/snowshoes/hikes to remote areas where I can simply take in the beauty of Northern Michigan. I am also an avid camper and water junkie – who enjoys finding unique and hidden moments to steal away. You can find me with either pen and paper or my camera, documenting each adventure. And of course, travel is a must love in this industry and you will find me planning an adventure somewhere almost at any given time.
One fun fact about Mistelle is that she grew up with a love for dance and theater – having performed in numerous musicals and plays. To this day you will still find her returning to my dance roots most evenings still practicing ballet and tap dance in her living room. She even specifically purchased her home so she’d have the ability to do this.