David Berg


Carlson Hospitality Group




By the time you read this, the parent of the Radisson and Country Inns may have a new name. But CEO David Berg will still be overseeing more than 1,400 hotels (under seven brands) across the world. Berg describes Radisson RED, Minnetonka-based Carlson Hospitality’s newest brand, as a hotel for the “millennial-minded traveler.” It’s also technology-driven, with a mobile app that allows guests to check in, order a craft beer or cocktail from the bar, or call a taxi. RED launched in 2014 in Brussels; its first U.S. outpost opened in November near U.S. Bank Stadium. China-based conglomerate HNA Group announced in April that it would acquire the Carlson companies’ hotel division. It expects to remain based in Minnesota—but will have more capital to play with.