Minnowbrook Conference Center Welcomes General Manager Melissa Vaughn

Vaughn Begins Tenure, University Announces Partnership with Metz Culinary Management and Environmental Services

Syracuse University’s Minnowbrook Conference Center is happy to announce Melissa Vaughn as its new General Manager. Melissa joined the Minnowbrook team in January, and is looking forward to welcoming the Syracuse University community (and beyond!) back to Minnowbrook.

Melissa brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and food service industry, most recently as the food and beverage manager at The Lodge at Schroon Lake. Previously, she held leadership positions at SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and Adirondack Brewery in Lake George, NY. Melissa has been an Adirondack Park resident for nearly 30 years. Her combination of experience and local knowledge made Melissa an ideal fit for Minnowbrook and Syracuse University.

This change in leadership accompanies Minnowbrook’s partnership with Metz Culinary Management and Environmental Services which aims to bring a best-in-class culinary and hospitality experience to Minnowbrook guests, the local Adirondack community, and the University community.

Already, Metz has provided Minnowbrook staff with innovative culinary training and has helped to make on-site cleaning products more environmentally friendly. On the employment side, Metz has a wide talent network with the power to recruit in such a remote and low-populated area.

Metz is “a family-driven company that delivers restaurant-inspired hospitality to everyone they serve.” With partners in healthcare, education, and corporate business, Metz has the experience to bring a new level of improvement and innovation to Minnowbrook.

In the months ahead, the Minnowbrook reservation system will be updated, and the booking process will be streamlined. Melissa and the entire team look forward to introducing additional innovations to improve the experience for Minnowbrook’s patrons and guests.