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Kenneth L. Hayward – Senior Vice President and Managing Director

Ken Hayward is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Grand Hotel, a historic and award-winning 397-room hotel built in 1887. Located on Michigan’s Mackinac Island and open seasonally from May – October, Grand Hotel is the world’s largest summer resort.

Ken oversees sales and marketing for the hotel and also assists with the overall operation.

Ken began his career at Grand Hotel in 1985 as a sales representative. He was soon promoted to Sales Manager and then Director of Sales. Ken was appointed Vice President in 1993. Active in the hotel industry, Ken was appointed to the Michigan Travel Commission by Governor Granholm in 2005 and reappointed in 2008 and served as its Chairman from 2008 – 2010 before being term limited in 2012. During his tenure as Chairman, Travel Michigan secured funding and developed the Pure Michigan advertising campaign. Ken was involved in selecting the agency, developing that brand, and has continued to fight for state dollars to fund the campaign. Ken is also a board member and executive committee member of Historic Hotels of America. He is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association Resort Committee, serves on the board of Michigan Retailers Association and Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association, and is an active member of Meeting Professionals International, Michigan Society of Association Executives, and Letterwinners M-Club, a University of Michigan alumni organization.

Ken received a BGS degree from the University of Michigan in 1985. Active in college baseball, Ken was selected to the All Big Ten Baseball Team four times, was named captain of the 1985 Michigan Baseball team, was the 1984 Baseball Most Valuable Player, and was awarded the 1985 Bob Ufer Athlete of the Year Award and the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Most recently the NCAA named him as a part of an all-time starting lineup for Wolverine Greats, and he was also named one of the 10 best players in the school’s history.

Ken lives on Mackinac Island during the season and in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the offseason with his wife, Nancy. He has two grown children, Alexandra and Zachary.


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