John Luke

General manager

Hilton Minneapolis

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The Hilton Minneapolis tops the Twin Cities as its largest hotel, and the man at the helm is one of th best in the business. Hilton Worldwide recently named Luke its general manager of the year, based on profitability, employee satisfaction, and guest surveys. A 30-year industry veteran, Luke came to the Minneapolis hotel in 2003 after stints in Chicago, New York, and Beverly Hills. He's kept the venerable Hilton current with a $22.8 million renovation in 2007 of guest rooms and meeting spaces and a $14 million update of rooms this fall.