Board Member Spotlight: January 2020 – Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites and Buford’s Steak House & BBQ

9 Jan 2020


best westernThe Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites had its beginnings in the same location since 1964.  It is the result of the commitment and vision of Jim and Fran Ackerman to establish what has resulted in a landmark at the intersection of US Highway 169 and Highway 7.  It is on the west edge of 3rd Avenue NW and is often referenced as a known location to end up at or start from.  It is often said, go to the Starlite and then on to a destination.

The Conference Center and Ballroom are well known as a great location to have a meeting, conference, training session, a family gathering and reunion, and it is known to have hosted many weddings that brides grow up dreaming about.

Buford’s Steak House & BBQ features the quality steaks that Iowa is renown for as well as slow and low cooked barbecue entrees.

The hotel features a large atrium enclosing a large pool and hot tub-with plenty of space to enjoy family and friends.

The guest rooms offered can meet the desires and budgets of the most discriminating people.  The Business Class Executive King rooms feature spacious areas with king bed, sitting areas, two flat screen televisions, large bathrooms with walk in showers and large vanities.  A wet bar is perfect for centering your morning cup of coffee or evening refreshments.

The Poolside Double Queen Rooms are very popular with families.  The single Queen with sofa sleeper is perfect for those starting families on a budget with one or two small ones.

The business traveler and sales professionals gravitate to King Rooms with a Recliner.  And for those Seniors and trades people on a budget, the Single Queen Room fit the bill.

The Ackerman’s were and remain great supporters of the community.  Their vision and generosity have been evident for decades with community organizations, schools, and charities.  Their membership as Investors in the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is evidence of their commitment.  Jim & Fran Ackerman formed and funded a Charitable Foundation which continues to support community causes and education in the community.  They recognized that the community was good to them and they wanted to show their care and concern.

J. P. Mansfield, III, President of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance has been in Fort Dodge since 1984.  He works with the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites and Buford’s Steak House & BBQ on operational and marketing projects.

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