ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - You've probably seen them popping up all over the Midwest. My Place Hotels are in Sioux Falls, Fort Pierre & Brookings just to name a few, but did you know the chain started in Aberdeen?
"Today we have 43 open across 21 states. We are growing rapidly all throughout the country. Expansion is going quickly. We recently had a big groundbreaking event that started in Las Vegas and ended in Nashville, Tennessee," My Place General Counsel Matt Campbell said.
The Aberdeen location wasn't actually the first built though.
"Dickinson (N.D.) was the first property, and we slowly grew in the Midwest heavily - North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana & we slowly spread out from there," he said.
The MyPlace business model has many similarities to that of Super 8. Super 8 also started in Aberdeen, by Ron Rivett. Now, Rivett's son Ryan is the President and CEO of My Place Hotels.
"The story really started with the Super 8, and Ron's involvement in the building of that brand in 1974, and selling that property in 1993, fast forward 20 years and we are doing the same thing again," Sarah Dinger said.
Dinger was actually the first ever My Place Hotels employee. She actually was just recognized by a national magazine. 'Hotel Management Magazine' placed her among 38 of the nation’s leading hospitality professionals as one of 2018’s most Influential Women in Hospitality.
"We are really working hard to fulfill Ryan and Ron Rivett's goal of getting to 1,000 properties in the next 10 years," Campbell said.
She got many of her skills in Aberdeen, and others do to. My Place University is a training center in Aberdeen.
"MyPlace University is really the learning center for any General Manager that comes into this system, whether it's a new hotel opening or a replacement GM, they will come here to My Place University, and from there we will go to their location and help them get started," she said.
Though Super 8 is now owned by Wyndham, its roots remain in Aberdeen. My Place Hotels hopes to have 100 hotels nationwide by 2019. These two big name hotels sprouted in South Dakota, and both have the same mission...offering a clean and affordable stays.