Bill Wellman - General Manager

A 35-year hospitality management veteran, Bill is passionate about hospitality and tourism, and he’s excited about what he and his staff do every day – create vacations of a lifetime for guests on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Bill previously managed the Campus Inn for Dahlmann Properties and later the Graduate Madison in Wisconsin, where he served as the President of the Madison Hotel & Lodging Association and board member for the Greater Madison Convention and Visitor's Bureau. He spent the first 16 years of his career with Walt Disney Resorts in various leadership roles and property openings. He and his wife and daughter enjoy visiting new countries and traveling the world.

David Lopez - Assistant General Manager

David began his hospitality career in Miami Beach as a concierge while attending FIU's school of Hospitality Management. In 2014, he moved to Key West to be a part of Casa Marina and the Reach resorts, both part of the prestigious Waldorf Astoria collection. During his time there he grew to become VIP manager, Manager of Guest Experience and Front Office Manager, leading his teams not only to raise their service scores but also to become one of the top revenue generating hotels across the Hilton portfolio. In 2019, he moved to Fort Myers and accepted his role as Assistant General Manager at the Inns of Sanibel.

Janet Lopez - Area Front Office Manager

Janet graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Law Enforcement & Justice Administration and two minors in Spanish & French. Before moving to Florida, Janet worked as a Field Investigator and would conduct video surveillance on her assigned subjects. In 2015, she joined the Inns of Sanibel as Front Desk Agent, soon there after, she was promoted to Innkeeper at Song of the Sea. After a brief departure, Janet returned to Sanibel Inn and was recently promoted to the Area Front Office Manager, overseeing all four of the Inns. In her spare time, she manages three vacation rental houses and has her real estate license.

Victor Lohmuste - Director of Engineering

Victor is originally from Estonia. He emigrated to Italy in 1989 with family and a year later to Fort Myers. While in Estonia, Victor created about 50 patents in his name. He also worked for an auto repair business for 8 years, was a private estate manager in Naples for 5 years, and a real estate maintenance manager for Levitt and Sons over 5 years. Victor has been a part of the Inns of Sanibel team for more than a decade. Victor received his Diploma and Certification for HVACR Technician from Penn Foster career school. His hobbies include triathlons, photography, and red wine and his favorite band is Pink Floyd.

Christopher Thorn - Senior Recreation Supervisor, Certified FL Master Naturalist

Chris was inspired by his dad, who owned and operated Sea Sports and Scuba, to love and appreciate the ocean habitat at an early age. He worked for his father as a Divemaster, then served 15 years in the army - including four deployments to Iraq. Later, Chris returned to Fort Myers, and obtained his certification as a Florida Master Naturalist from The University of Florida (he remains a dedicated Miami Hurricanes fan, also, thanks to his dad). Realizing his passion, Chris developed the guided nature tours the resorts offer. He spends his days sharing his love of Natural Florida to the guests of the hotels.

Carol Gilmore - Director of Finance

Carol is originally from Minnesota and is a University of Minnesota graduate. She started her hotel career at the Lodge at Vail in Colorado before moving to Florida. Carol worked at Sonesta Sanibel Harbor Resort, before becoming the Accounting Manager for the Mariner company back in the 90s, which owned the four Inns of Sanibel, The Dunes, South Seas, Sundial, and the Pink Shell. She started at the Inns, then 12 years later worked at South Seas as Assistant Controller. She returned to the Inns of Sanibel as Controller and added the Sundial and The Dunes to her collection totaling 25 years of service.

Abe Martinez - Innkeeper, Sunset Beach Resort

Abe graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in business finance. He started his career as a Relationship Banker and Operations Specialist to several banks. He then transitioned to a Technical Operation Consultant Manager for a wireless company with several locations under his direction. Abe has always placed importance in the happiness of his clients and guests by balancing operational compliance with great customer service. In his spare time, Abe works with All Heart Entertainment, a company that provides interactive events to Non-Profit Organizations like animal shelters, Advocacy programs, local VAs, and the United Way.

Maggie Ciufo - Recreation Coordinator

Originally from New Jersey, Maggie holds a degree in marine biology and studied abroad at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. She joins The Inns of Sanibel after earning her Florida Master Naturalist certification and relocating to Fort Myers. As a certified kayak instructor, Maggie loves taking guests out on the water to explore the beauty of our exquisite island. Whether you choose a bike, kayak or beach-walk nature tour, Maggie's extensive knowledge and delightful disposition will add to your collection of fond Sanibel memories.

Brad Stanze - Innkeeper, Song of the Sea

A Florida native, Brad kicked off his hospitality career after high school working at a Pine Island KOA campground. Later, he traveled extensively with Kimpton Hotels to Colorado, Massachusetts, West Virginia and the DMV area as a front office supervisor, and in sales and marketing. During his free time you will find him working his other "full-time job" - being a dad to two wonderful kids!

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