• A Boutique Hotel Management Firm Launches in Plymouth

    POSTED July 13, 2021

Welcome to Michigan! Boutique Hotel Professionals, a management company specializing in boutique hotels and luxury experiences, has launched its operations, establishing its headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan. Currently, the organization manages The Inn at St. John’s, an AAA Four Diamond resort with a 27-hole golf course and 48,000 square feet of meeting space for corporate events as well as luxury weddings. Boutique Hotel Professional plans to take on more independent high-end properties, both in Michigan and nationwide, says co-founders Paul Wegert, chief executive officer, and Jenifer Neptune, chief visionary officer. 

“While the travel industry has always been cyclical, the current downturn due to COVID 19 has been particularly challenging for luxury independent hotels operating in corporate metropolitan areas versus those in the leisure markets,” Wegert says. “We saw an immediate need to launch Boutique Hotel Professionals as a resource for luxury properties who may not have the on-site seasoned personnel to meet the current industry challenges.”

At the heart of Boutique Hotel Professionals is a team of industry experts with decades of experience skilled in all aspects of luxury independent properties focusing on property repositioning, turn-around solutions, creating team leadership and culture, curating the perfect guest experiences, and maximizing returns for investors.

According to Neptune, “We pride ourselves on providing a great and fun working environment for all associates, superior service for our guests, innovative business technologies and investment opportunities for owners,” says Neptune. “Our fresh approach to hospitality enables us to create a culture that fosters extraordinary and unique travel experiences tailored to each local community, discerning guest and property owner.”

Boutique Hotel Professionals offers a full suite of services, including property management, travel experience curation, property development and investment consulting.

Boutiquehotelprofessionals.com; 734.927.3202

The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth changes its name to Saint John’s Resort in August.

It’s part of a rebranding with multiple enhancements that Director of Sales and Marketing Fadi Sibani says make it a true Detroit destination resort.

Formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. John’s Provincial Seminary from 1948 to 1988, the property was transformed in the 1990s as a center for youth and families before it was redeveloped into a hotel and conference center in the 2000s. 


First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 


Six months ago, Detroit’s TCF Center got a new name—Huntington Place. Now the convention center is getting striking new public art—an outdoor sculpture by acclaimed artist Scott Hocking. The 15-foot diameter bronze sculpture, Floating Citadel, will be located in the main circle drive of Huntington Place in downtown Detroit. The installation of the sculpture is expected to be complete by late summer. Renderings and images are available here