Dubois, Wyoming – March 10, 2020 – After 17 years at Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, General Manager Adam Long is stepping away in March at the end of the 2020 winter season. Long started at the lodge as a front desk agent and hiking guide in 2003 after graduation from Northwood University in Michigan with a hotel, restaurant and resort management degree. Promoted to general manager in 2007, he has enjoyed a remarkable run at the all-inclusive, exclusive guest resort tucked deep in the woods of Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest, creating memorable stays for new and returning guests over the years while managing a staff of over 250 employees.
Long’s deep-rooted personal connection to the lodge began with his first sighting of the nearly century-old building in 2003. “I still remember my first drive up the five-mile road to the lodge and I was so in awe of what I was getting into,” he says. “Then meeting my amazing wife, Julia, at the lodge and getting married on the front lawn will always be an incredible memory. Watching our family begin and grow with the birth of our two beautiful daughters has been the best.” Other special memories for Long include viewing the 2017 total solar eclipse with guests and staff from the lodge’s place on the path of totality, as well as managing the rebuilding of parts of the main lodge’s grand dining hall following a devasting fire last summer from which Long, with his quick thinking and actions, helped save the historic structure.
Looking back over the years, Long recognizes the crucial role of the lodge’s dedicated and hard-working staff, noting that “without them the lodge wouldn’t function. My success is owed to the staff and many others who have trusted me and put forth the effort day in and day out,” he adds. His successor notes that, “Adam has cultivated a crew of wildly devoted and loyal employees and professional colleagues. Which speaks volumes to the effort he has put forth as the leader of this operation.”
Long is an avid hunter, snowmobiler, angler and all-around Western wrangler. He has always been hands-on with the lodge’s many popular activities and enjoys sharing the immersive outdoor lifestyle with guests. His next move will be to manage another ranch closer to town to allow him to spend more time with his growing family, taking with him nearly two decades of special Brooks Lake Lodge experiences and memories.
As Long says goodbye to Brooks Lake Lodge, a new general manager has stepped in. The two have been working together through the winter season to facilitate a smooth transition for both guests and staff. With 17 years in the tourism industry, working in some of the most beautiful places around the globe, new General Manager Matthew Tousignant’s passion is for creating unforgettable experiences in the most awe-inspiring natural landscapes Earth has to offer. Brooks Lake Lodge, known for its stunning Wyoming backcountry lakeside setting among the mountain peaks and Pinnacle Buttes, promises to be a great fit. Coming to the lodge from his most recent position as location manager of Roosevelt Lodge, Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park, Tousignant is honored to take the reins at yet another historic lodge.
“My successes have come from two key factors: I have had some of the greatest leaders in my career who have been more than generous with their time and knowledge. Secondly, my strongest asset as a leader is my ability to surround myself with passionate people who take charge, have an earnest desire to grow and want to be the best at what they do,” Tousignant says. “It is truly an honor to take on the role of General Manager of this majestic and stately property nestled among some of the most rugged ridgelines North America has to offer. My aspiration is to bring Brooks Lake Lodge into the next century from a literal point of view while preserving and highlighting the heritage from which it comes.”