Meet the Exceptional Team at Our Wabash, IN HotelExceptional hospitality meets timeless charm at our boutique hotel nestled amidst the Downtown Wabash Historic District. With exemplary service, a diverse selection of exquisite on-site dining options, and a distinctive Prohibition Era ambiance, Charley Creek Inn sets the stage for an unforgettable stay experience surrounded by the idyllic countryside of Central Indiana. And it's all made possible by a dedicated team of passionate individuals who are always ready to go the extra mile to make your escape to Wabash a bit more extraordinary.
Howard M. Kaler
Howard has been the General Manager of Charley Creek Inn since 2011. A graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, he has more than 40 years of management experience in the hospitality industry, 29 of which have been dedicated to the management and renovation of historic hotels. Howard and his wife Lita have four sons and two beautiful grandchildren. Having spent his childhood on an Upstate New York farm in the Finger Lakes Region, Howard's passion is spending his off-time in the great outdoors.
Food & Beverage Director,
Bob has been with Charley Creek Inn since 2016, bringing with him more than 45 years' experience in owning and operating private restaurants, country clubs, and various other food outlets. He holds a B.S. in Education from Butler University in Indianapolis, where his career in food service first began. Bob is married and has six children and 15 grandchildren. When not working, he serves on various local boards and enjoys community theater and music performance.
Hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Chef Eric started his journey in the food service industry when he was 14 years old. He has studied culinary arts at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. His diverse expertise stems from the spent several years he spent in Chicago and the Detroit metro area, studying under great chefs and learning the intricacies of French, American Southern, Indian, Mediterranean, and Irish cuisine.
Cindy has been at Charley Creek Inn since 2014 but has been in food service most of her life, starting with her mother's restaurant. She holds an associate degree in medical assisting from Jones College in Florida. Cindy has been married 36 years and has two children and two grandchildren. Her hobbies include gardening, art, and attending her grandchildren's sporting events.
Jonathan R. Kaler
Jonathan has been with Charley Creek Inn since 2013. After graduating from high school in Princeton, Illinois, he moved to Wabash and began his career here in the Banquet Department. In July 2016, he accepted a full-time position as a Restaurant Supervisor and by October 2018, he had added Banquet Manager to his responsibilities. Jonathan's favorite thing about Charley Creek Inn is the seasonally changing menu of TWENTY, which serves up new and exciting culinary experiences for guests.
Front Desk & Accounting Manager,
Sandra has been with Charley Creek Inn since 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, music, and family gatherings. Some day she might write her memoirs of life behind the front desk.
Wine & Cheese Shoppe Manager,
Kat has been at Charley Creek Inn since 2010 and has gotten to wear a variety of hats. While she has enjoyed all of her roles, managing the Wine & Cheese Shoppe might be her favorite one yet! Her favorite drinks are dirty gin martinis, a good glass of Cab, or a hoppy, hazy IPA.
Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe Manager,
Teresa has been the Executive Housekeeper at Charley Creek Inn since 2015, and the Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe Manager since October 2017. She has worked in customer service since the age of 16, and she has 17 years of experience in business management. Teresa's favorite kind of gourmet chocolate is a Buckeye; favorite candy: sour gummi worms; and favorite ice cream: Peanut Butter Moose Tracks.
Director of Engineering,
Mark joined Charley Creek Inn in February 2011 after being a business owner for many years. In his current role, Mark is responsible for maintenance, purchasing, and security. He enjoys using his skills to keep the historic structure at its best.
Director of Marketing & Sales,
Kari came to Charley Creek Inn in April 2018 with a background in education, journalism, graphic design, and marketing. She has oversight of the marketing, promotions, and advertising strategies for all Charley Creek Inn businesses and hopes to increase the visibility of the small-town gem tucked away in the Downtown Wabash Historic District.