Meet Our Hotel Leadership Team

Our hotel’s professional staff will provide you with the undivided attention you deserve. We pride ourselves on ensuring the most comfortable and enjoyable stay for our hotel guests. Our friendly staff will always try to accommodate special requests.


Deb Johnson, General Manager

Deb guides the team at the Copperleaf. She encourages all team members to indulge each guest with personalized service to ensure their experience is unique and memorable.

One of our most successful marketing tools is the positive experiences our guests share with their family, friends and business associates. Each guest is important and we want their stay to be special.

My favorite part of working at the Copperleaf Hotel:

“We have such a beautiful property. I am always delighted when we surprise our guests with accommodations that are beyond their expectations. Our warm, inviting and unique atmosphere allows us to interact with our guests. I am extremely proud of our hotel and the entire hotel team. We look forward to earning your loyalty.”

Peter Rank,  Assistant General Manager

Bringing a wealth of hospitality experience to the CopperLeaf Hotel, Peter always looks forward to meeting our guests and delivering unparalleled service to guests of the hotel.  As an operations leader, he continually looks for ways to improve the guest experience from arrival to departure.  He creates a shared vision of excellent guest service.

       My favorite part of working at the CopperLeaf Hotel:

        “I enjoy the vibrance of downtown Appleton and sharing my knowledge with our associates!”

Karter Thompson, Group Coordinator

Karter has been at the CopperLeaf  Hotel since 2017. She has an extensive background in hospitality and guest service. Karter received the Spirit of Hospitality award from the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association in 2018. When you meet her, you will immediately enjoy her fun personality and appreciate her desire to help our guests. If you need a group of rooms for an upcoming wedding, meeting, conference or special event, she will assist you with the details.

My favorite part of working at the Copperleaf Hotel:

“I love working downtown Appleton! We’re right in the middle of everything – music, special events, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, etc. I like getting to know my guests and have made lasting relationships with them. I also enjoy giving advice on what to do, where to eat, and if I don’t have the answer I will do the research to figure it out! “


Joe Williamson, Director of Sales

Joe works very closely with the CopperLeaf team in developing and maintaining relationships with our valued customers. Whether planning an important corporate event, arranging for a block of guest rooms and suites, or making special arrangements for an important visitor, Joe will make sure a memorable experience is in store. Once a guest walks through our doors, we do all we can to assure they remain a guest forever!

My favorite part of working at the Copperleaf Hotel:

“I take great pleasure in touring the beautiful Copperleaf Hotel to perspective guests. They are impressed as I point out the subtle, luxurious extras, usually found at only the finest hotels in larger cities.”

May Vang, Executive Housekeeper

May checks the rooms daily before guests check into the hotel and attends to guests needs. She coordinates a team of 14 people, does the inventory, orders supplies, and creates the budget for housekeeping.

My favorite part of working at the Copperleaf Hotel:

“I enjoy working at such a beautiful hotel. We have a wonderful housekeeping staff that takes pride in offering first-class service to our guests.”


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