Jay Schumerth, senior general manager of the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, has resigned his position after a career that’s spanned more than 30 years at the downtown Appleton mainstay.
Schumerth has accepted a new position with an as-yet-undisclosed new employer. The change comes amid a busy time for the hotel, which will manage the Fox Cities Exhibition Center, scheduled to open Jan. 11. The Radisson Paper Valley also recently began undergoing renovations.
Beginning his tenure at the hotel in 1986, Schumerth worked his way up through the career ladder, becoming director of catering in 1998 and director of sales and marketing in 1999 before stepping into the role of senior general manager in 2003.
Pam Seidl, executive director of the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, says she’s happy for Schumerth’s new professional opportunity while at the same time acknowledging the tremendous loss for Radisson Paper Valley. Schumerth serves on the board of directors for the FCCVB.
“He’s a great example of someone who’s coming up through the ranks in the hospitality industry,” Seidl says of Schumerth’s legacy.