Their products have achieved “Best in Class” Gold Medals. Their events have garnered recognition among the USA Today’s Top 10 Places for Live Music in the Vineyard. They craft memorable experiences for their guests every single day, and now they have the Moody on the Market 20 Best Places to Work in Southwest Michigan award to add to their burgeoning trophy case at the Moersch Hospitality Group which is home to Round Barn Winery, Tabor Hill Winery, Free Run Cellars, the Round Barn Public House, Round Barn Filling Station, Tabor Hill Restaurant. As the brand group where “Flavor Meets Fun,” the Moersch Hospitality Group is ubiquitous in the world of fine experiences in our region, but as their nominator says, “We ‘grew’ it all along!” Read on for more of the great story from the Moersch family of brands dotted across our landscape in Michigan’s Great Southwest.
What is the name of the business you are nominating?
Moersch Hospitality Group (MHG)
Who are the owner(s) and/or principals in this company?
Rick, Sherrie and Matt Moersch
Business Contact Information
10983 Hills Rd.
Baroda, MI 49085
How many people work at the company you are nominating?
200 in the off season / 275+ in season
Tell us the story behind the nominated company. What does it do, and what sets them apart from other companies in the region?
As a Winery, Brewery and Distillery we produce the finest products that express Southwest Michigan’s unique geography, weather and landscape.
In your own words, why do you think this company deserves to be declared to be one of the 20 Best Places to Work in Michigan’s Great Southwest?
At Moersch Hospitality Group we offer local and regional residents many levels of employment that utilize their skill sets from Vineyard Crew to Service People to Professional and Executive levels. We’re all part of the Moersch Hospitality Group team. That extends to our family of guests as well.
What makes workers proud to say they work there, and keeps them a part of the team?
The atmosphere and our environment. We have beautiful, well-maintained places to work that are alive and thriving. The company’s leadership style has evolved to meet growing and changing needs to provide a national entertainment and culture venue recognized by even USA Today.
Let’s pretend you’re writing a review for Yelp! or Trip Advisor. Give us your best recommendation for the nominated company that would make the rest of us wish we worked there, too.
Moersch Hospitality Group is an energetic and evolving workplace that offers an environment to fit a person’s experience from vineyard crew to sales and creative marketing. One is able to feel appreciated contributing to a company where it enhances their own business performance and personal lives. Even while working we’re having fun.
What three key words best describe why this company is a Best Places to Work caliber company?
As a Best Places to Work company “Super Hero,” what are the two most magical “Super Powers” this company has on a day-to-day basis? (i.e., Ability to read minds, fly, invisibility, etc) And why?
Super Power One Ability to read the future as we always try to be one step of ahead with product development, sustainability, innovation and marketing.
Super Power Two Super speed as we’re able to to transition, pivot and evolve quickly to the latest trends.
Tell us about the leadership of the nominated company and what they do to:
A] Keep spirits and motivation high? Sue Veldman
B] Keep innovation and fresh ideas advancing? Chris Stubbs
C] Keep communications open? Nick LaFlex
Explain a specific “wow!” moment in this company’s history that is virtually “Hall of Fame” or “Best Practices” worthy, as an example to other companies in the region.
The owners of Round Barn purchased Tabor Hill Winery in 2017. They were able to integrate two different wineries and teams, once considered fierce competitors, into one company making everyone feel like part of the Moersch Hospitality Group family. I was one of the Tabor Hill team members reluctant to join MHG, however through their formal and informal training side-by-side with a welcoming environment, I soon became a Brand Champion for Moersch Hospitality Group.
Best Places to Work have a reputation for not only working hard, but also for playing hard. How does the nominated company:
A] Honor or reward success? Employee of the Month program, highlighting employees in every department and letting them know the importance as a team member at MHG.
B] Socialize as a team? We work for a Winery, Brewery and Distillery. We have no problem socializing especially over after shift drinks.
C] Get involved in community events? We’re very involved in supporting the community outside of our properties with festivals and tasting events throughout Southwest Michigan. We also support local charities, hosting events such as Wine and Wags benefiting numerous local animal shelters; collecting school supplies benefiting children in the region, appreciating our educators with annual Hall pass/Season passes, food drives and more.
D] Celebrate life? Of course personal life crosses over into work life and vice versa. At Moersch Hospitality Group we strive to have our employees enjoy a balanced life.
Write a brief, but compelling, recruitment ad telling people about why they should come and work there, too.
Here at Moersch Hospitality Group where “Flavor meets Fun,” we craft memorable experiences for our guests through excellent customer service. At MHG you’ll be part of our family and collaborate with teammates to find ways to enhance our service. You’ll be given the opportunity to migrate into different roles within the company. Join our team to learn what your most marketable skills are.
What one thing is special about your nominated company that most people in the community have no idea actually happens there, but should be shouted from the rooftops because it’s that cool?
Moersch Hospitality Group has received national and international awards. Most recently our Tabor Hill 2018 Rose was awarded “Best in Class” Gold Medal from the East meets West International Wine competition. USA Today awarded Round Barn Estate one of the Top 10 Places for Live Music in the Vineyard. That helps attract tourists to all of what Southwest Michigan has to offer. MHG was the first in the region to host a LGBTQ+ Inclusion Workshop and Training for managers by the OutCenter in Benton Harbor. Matt Moersch is Founder and Chairman of Great Lakes Southwest Wine Alliance and VP of the Michigan Wine Collaborative. We work diligently to protect the environment and are committed to sustainability through nutrient management, natural fertilizers, restricting fuel use, reducing contaminated water run-off, mechanical weed control, recycling at all facilities and much more.
Give us three employee perks or benefits that you think make the company you have nominated worthy of a Best Places to Work trophy?
1.Multiple venues to work and relax within the Moersch Hospitality Group company…
2.Opportunity to grow your skill sets in a positive and supportive environment…
3.Considering the industry, our customers are happy and in a good mood and so are we…
If this is your company and you win, write the best headline ever for your company newsletter describing your successful selection to the list, and be as specific as you can about how you would celebrate the win if money were no object.
We “Grew it” all along! We’re Moody on the Market Top 20 places to work! Congratulations Team Moersch!
We’d celebrate with a family concert (featuring a National Act) for the entire Southwest Michigan community. Inasmuch as we are unable to legally provide free alcohol, we would donate proceeds from liquor sales to Pat Moody’s favorite charity.
Tell us anything else you want about this company that you suddenly realize we haven’t asked you about, but you’re sure will be the thing that puts you squarely into the winner’s circle! (Wait a minute! Can you put a square in a circle?)
We draw 250,000 people to Southwest Michigan from all over the Midwest and beyond. We hope and believe this benefits the surrounding community, attracting visitors not only to our estate but to experience Southwest Michigan and all it has to offer.