Bavarian Inn Lodge Vice President earns RUBY Award
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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. - CuisineWire -- Martha Zehnder Kaczynski, vice president of the Bavarian Inn Lodge (, has been named the recipient of a 16th Annual RUBY Award, presented by 1st State Bank. The awards program honors the Tri-City Area's brightest professionals under the age of 40 who have made a mark in their industries and are making a positive impact throughout the Great Lakes Region.

Zehnder was one of eight area professionals selected for the awards.

Zehnder, who has served as the Bavarian Inn Lodge vice president since 2013, has been involved in other ventures of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn, Inc. throughout her entire career. She started at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant working in the kitchen with the family matriarch, Dorothy Zehnder. Today she is also vice president of the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus.

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After graduating from Michigan State University, she was director of convention services for a major property in downtown Chicago. She has participated in a Sister City Work Exchange program with a community in Germany and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) through the Convention Industry Council.

Other members of the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family leadership, including Michael Zehnder, general manager of the Lodge, and Amy Zehnder-Grossi, general manager of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, are past RUBY winners.

This year the awards were presented in digital ceremonies held on Tuesday evening, Feb. 23.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

For 35 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state's largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children's play village and Willy's Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 35 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.4 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its continuous top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at

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