Brook Walsh, President

Brook Walsh


Brook was born and raised in Northern Michigan. His career took him elsewhere, but he has always loved Northern Michigan and continually tried to try and find a way to return. After a successful technology career, Brook founded and sold Ski and Beach Escapes in Colorado’s Vail Valley and home to Beaver Creek and Vail Resorts. It was the sale of this company that allowed he and his family to return back to Michigan. His dream of running a small resort has morphed into Northern Michigan Escapes; a vacation home rental agency overseeing 150+ properties, two condotels, and staff who is as passionate about exceptional service and Northern Michigan as he is. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University.

Rachel Walsh, Operations

Rachel Walsh


Rachel grew up in Southwest Michigan and often vacationed in Northern Michigan with her family. She became a true “lake-lover” at that point and has remained one ever since. A master’s trained physical therapist, Rachel decided to stay at home raising their children before reentering the workforce and currently oversees reservations for Northern Michigan Escapes. She thoroughly enjoys helping people on many levels and feels as though God has led their family many places in order to do this. When she is not with her family she enjoys spending time with friends, skiing, boating and running. She earned her undergraduate degree from Hope College and her graduate degree from Central Michigan University.

Cindy Dickson, Director of Finance

Cindy Dickson

Chief Operations Officer

A resident of northern Michigan since 1975, Cindy lives in Harbor Springs. She owned and operated a property management company there for many years before selling it in 2000, and subsequently owned and sold a web development company. Bringing her background in finance and IT, Cindy found her way back to the property management industry in 2016 when she joined Northern Michigan Escapes, and she feels fortunate to be part of a cohesive team that is so genuinely focused on excellence in customer service.

Matt Smith, Portfolio Asset Manager, Pointes North Inn

Matthew Smith

Portfolio Asset Manager

Matthew has been with Pointes North Inn since 2011. He started as a housekeeper and as his knowledge of the business grew, he progressed to Portfolio Asset Manager. Customer service became second nature during the time spent at his Aunt’s family oriented restaurant. When he’s not in the office he enjoys leatherwork and the outdoors. He looks forward to every summer, the thrill of “Peak Season” and helping people experience Charlevoix’s hidden gem, Pointes North Inn.

Nicole Zuehlke, Portfolio Asset Manager, Water Street Inn

Nicole Zuehlke

Portfolio Asset Manager

Nicole has family roots in Boyne City and recently moved here from the Flint area. With a background in hospitality and Real Estate, she now manages the Water Street Inn. Nicole is a real people person, loves entertaining, a high energy girl with a keen eye for design & decorating. When she's not accommodating her guests you can find her boating in the summer and on the ski slopes in the winter. Relocating to Northern Michigan offers the lifestyle she thrives for and is excited to call this beautiful place

Renee Gibbs, Portfolio Asset Manager

Renee Gibbs

Portfolio Asset Manager

Renee was born and raised in Northern Michigan and has 25+ years of hospitality expertise. Renee worked for us on a part time basis for quite some time and due to her tremendous attention to detail, operational excellence, and proven leadership ability she was offered a job and has never looked back. She enjoys the outdoors and all that fours seasons have to offer including mountain biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiing.

Ruth Michelz, Portfolio Asset Manager, Charlevoix

Ruth Michelz

Portfolio Asset Manager

Ruth grew up “downstate” and always loved coming north on vacations.  After college, marriage and raising 5 kids, she has settled in Boyne City.  Ruth enjoys working with people and developing relationships with those she meets.  When she is not working, you can find her either watching her kids sporting events, walking her dogs or riding her horse.

Katie Smith, Portfolio Asset Manager - Harbor Springs

Katie Smith

Portfolio Asset Manager

Katie is a native to Northern Michigan and loves everything about the area and what it has to offer. She knew this was the place she wanted to raise her children and call home. With a background in sales and marketing, she found her true calling in the property world. While not in the office she is out enjoying time with her two children. Whether it be snowboarding on the hills, relaxing on the sandy beaches or trying to catch the biggest salmon in the bay, they are always out having fun!

Justin Evans, Maintenance

Justin Evans


Justin moved to northern Michigan in 1996, growing up in Wolverine and now living in Boyne Falls.  His work experience includes sales, service, security, and many years in construction. A self-confessed adrenaline junkie, Justin’s free time is spent kayaking, swimming, bridge/cliff jumping, snowboarding and snowmobiling, as well as traveling throughout the world. He looks forward to his future with Northern Michigan Escapes and feels fortunate to be part of such an awesome team.

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