American Country Bed and Breakfast

Contact: Brian and Sharlene Scott; 208-651-2191; [email protected]


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Coeur d'Alene, ID -Shar and Brian Scott owners of American Country B&B in Coeur d'Alene, ID were awarded the 2011 "Champion Award" at the annual Innkeeping Conference & Trade Show hosted by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII), January 10-14, 2011, in Charleston, SC. The Champion Award is bestowed by PAII upon individuals who, or entities which have succeeded in working on behalf of a group of innkeepers - locally, regionally, nationally or internationally - and have garnered a significant victory for innkeepers.

In nominating the Scotts for the award, fellow innkeeper Claudia Klingler of the Blue Heron Inn shared " Shar and Brian Scott recognized the need to create an Idaho state-wide bed and breakfast association. They took the initiative to propose the organization, draft bylaws, and solicit members from around the state". Klingler went on to explain, "They've created a logo, a website, and recruited representatives from each region. They held the first Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association conference in Northern Idaho in 2010". The Scotts were the driving force behind the conception and founding of the Idaho B&B Association. This makes them champions.

"It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected as both innkeepers and Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association (IBBA) Officers for this distinguished award," stated Brian Scott, IBBA President. "We have enjoyed weaving a common thread through the diverse array of lodging facilities in our wonderful State of Idaho!"

"We honor these people and organizations for championing a cause important to our corner of the lodging and hospitality industries. They are shining examples of going above and beyond," says Dan Brown, PAII awards committee chair. Brown also stated: "Brian and Shar succeeded in founding the new Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association to serve the interests of Innkeepers throughout the State." In it's first year of existence, the association boasts 60+ members, filed and received tax exempt status 501(C)(6), created articles of incorporation, by-laws and standards, and applied for and received financial support from the State Department of Commerce: through the Tourism Division and the Idaho Travel Council. Karen Ballard, Administrator of the Idaho Department Of Commerce had this to say "I am so proud of Brian and Shar for their accomplishment in getting the B&B Association of Idaho up and running. It has been a dream of mine to have a viable organization for our innkeepers for many years and I am so grateful for their vision and perseverance in getting this desirable program off the ground. They cultivated and collaborated with many other owners to create a terrific organization. We were very pleased to be able to award a tourism marketing grant to the association and it would not have been possible without their dedication."

"With their dedication & infectious enthusiasm, Shar & Brian, through establishing the Idaho B&B Association, have accomplished what has long been needed for Idaho's small innkeepers.  Through the work of Shar & Brian, Idaho is just discovering the great number & diversity of B&B properties scattered all around the state, from those in our cities, to others tucked away in or near remote wilderness country.  It is a privilege to work with Shar & Brian as peers in the industry & as participants in the Idaho Travel & Convention Marketing Grant Program," said Frances Conklin, Vice-chair of the Idaho Travel Council and owner of Dog Bark Park in Cottonwood, ID.

Trent Anderson, President and Chairman of the Board of Association Alliance said, " Congratulations on your award at the PAII conference.  It is great to see association leaders be recognized for using out of the box thinking.  I have shared your story with many associations as it shows where they can go if they think differently, and then act on those ideas.  I loved that you challenged everyone at the conference to do something different.  I believe that the challenge was well received."

About PAII:

The Professional Association of Innkeepers International, founded in 1988, is the innkeeping industry's largest trade association. PAII is committed to fostering a knowledgeable, caring and conscientious community of professional innkeepers, networking with each other throughout the world. PAII provides education, communications, public relations, advocacy, networking, and research services to its membership and the greater industry. PAII hosts the world's largest annual gathering of innkeepers, The Innkeeping Conference & Trade Show, and publishes the industry's leading trade publication, Innkeeping Quarterly Magazine (IQ), which reaches over 17,000 innkeepers. PAII recently launched a new international B&B branding campaign entitled "A Better Way to Stay" to introduce travelers to today's inns and B&B experience.
American Country Bed & Breakfast     |     705 S. Zircon Lane Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814     |      208-651-2191