US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association
Member Spotlight: Win Mill 2.0
Win Mill 2.0 will offer you the ultimate sports bar experience, giving you a taste of the culture and people of the Virgin Islands. It is the ultimate VI sports bar with 12 televisions, air conditioning and sports programming. Win Mill 2.0 offers great food, an excellent staff and a history lesson in sports memorabilia that will amaze you! Click here to view their Facebook page or call 340-642-8789.
Board Member Spotlight: Rodney Renner
USVIHTA welcomes new board member and Margaritaville General Manager Rodney Renner! Although Renner is new to the territory, his passion for advocacy and dedication to community are already evident. He is ready to jump in and work to strengthen the territory’s infrastructure and support USVIHTA.
“Having spent many years in destination locations, I realize the important role that tourism [and] hospitality play to impact the economy,” he said. “I feel it is our responsibility to be ambassadors for the cities [and] areas where we operate.”
Renner believes it is our responsibility to be the voice of the tourism industry and work with local government on legislation and taxes that will support the infrastructure while not dissuading potential guests. He specifically noted tax law reform and a renewed focus on environmental issues. As a new board member with the association, Renner plans to serve on the Environmental Committee focusing on sustainability as well as the Education and Training Committee working with the scholarship program.
Renner says he began in the tourism and hospitality industry somewhat by accident. He originally went to school for pharmacology when he took a year off to travel with “Up with People.” After returning to school, Renner worked as a bellman at a campus-style resort.
“I enjoyed the interaction with guests, learning about their stories and realizing the impact I was able to make on their experience at the resort,” he said. “It didn’t take long for me to see that this was the industry for me.”
Finding his passion, Renner continued to work his way up, eventually landing a position as pre-opening assistant for a property in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which he remained at for a year. He ultimately relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, working with a variety of upscale and luxury properties, but knew after several visits to the territory that he one day wanted to live and work in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Renner’s background and passion for tourism make him an asset to the territory, and we look forward to his work on the USVIHTA board of directors and with Margaritaville!