Wally & Sally Rodd
Rodd Hotels & Resorts was founded by two newlyweds, Wally and Sally Rodd in 1935 when Wally Rodd began noticing the increasing number of out-of-province license plates passing by their family farm on Prince Edward Island. In true entrepreneur style, he built several cottages next to their home in hopes of attracting some of those “tourists” to stay with the Rodd Family.
As it turns out, the hospitality industry became the Rodd Family’s first love and the family farm was cast aside with the success of the cottages and increasing number of guests returning each year. In 1954, Wally and Sally expanded their business and built The Motel Charlottetown in West Royalty, PEI. Their son, David, joined them in 1966 as Executive Vice-President of the Queen City Motel next door. In 1972 he and a partner purchased the Parkview Motel in Moncton, New Brunswick (Rodd Moncton). In 1975, a disastrous fire led to the extensive renovations and expansion of The Motel Charlottetown which was then renamed The Rodd Motor Inn. The brand, Rodd Inns, was born.
In 1982, “this little chain went to market”. David expanded the Company by purchasing two properties in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (Rodd Grand Yarmouth and Rodd Colony Harbor). He also purchased the historic CN Charlottetown Hotel (Rodd Charlottetown) – a property that was David’s inspiration and a lifelong dream of owning. It was also at this time, the resort side of the business evolved with the development of Rodd Brudenell River Resort and Rodd Mill River Resort, Prince Edward Island. David rebranded the expanding chain Rodd Hotels & Resorts.
In the 1990’s, Rodd Hotels & Resorts continued in its expansion mode. In 1992, the company built a 4-star deluxe 50 room hotel including conference center facilities, restaurant, lounge and indoor pool at Rodd Brudenell River Resort. Rodd Miramichi River Lodge was added in 1997. In 1999, in the wake of the explosion of the golf market, Rodd Brudenell River once again underwent a major expansion of 32 new deluxe cottage units.
The year 2000 also brought new development to Rodd Brudenell as another 48 guestrooms and a state of the art Golf & Conference Centre were added to the property making it the only resort of its kind east of Quebec. Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort opened in 2001 and is located on the renowned Links at Crowbush Cove Golf Course. It features 32 deluxe 1 & 2 bedroom cottages and 49 deluxe guest rooms and suites. Rodd Crowbush is one of Atlantic Canada’s only 5 star resort.
2010 saw the third generation of the Rodd Family take a pivotal role in the company. David’s eldest son, Mark, assumed the role of President & CEO of the company. Mark brings to the company the entrepreneur spirit of his grandparents and father, along with the youthful insight of today’s changing markets.
Today, Rodd Hotels & Resorts is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest privately-owned hotel chain with 7 properties throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.