Inn Partners offers a variety of consulting services catered to the needs and desires of current and future Innkeepers nationwide. Whether you are looking to buy an Inn, sell your Inn, or simply looking to maximize your current business activity, our primary goal is to ensure your success as you traverse the Innkeeping lifecycle.

Inn Partners has consulted in the sale of over 400 Inns throughout the United States (and two in Europe!).  Over 250 of those properties were members of Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North America.

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Bill Oates, Founder

Bill has a long involvement with Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns. For over thirty years he has provided educational, operational and marketing services to Inns and Innkeepers, present and future, throughout the country. His thorough knowledge of the Inn business is tempered by a real understanding of the human component. Bill is often referred to as the "Guru of the Inn business."

In 1999, in partnership with his wife/partner Heide Bredfeldt and son David Hiler, he purchased the Three Mountain Inn in Jamaica, Vermont. The Inn achieved a four diamond rating from AAA, before being sold in 2004.

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Heide Bredfeldt, VP

Heide has been assisting current and future Innkeepers for over thirty years, with her spouse and business partner, Bill Oates. Heide’s background as a psychotherapist and former Innkeeper, provide her with insight and understanding of the personal side of Innkeeping. Heide has a gift of matching the right buyer with the right Inn and her knowledge of what guests want and expect is a resource to new Innkeepers. Problem solving and personal issues in a family business such as Innkeeping is also a specialty of Heide’s. Whether you are considering Innkeeping as a possible next career, or you are already an Innkeeper, Heide is always available to talk.

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Eben Viens, Partner

Eben joined Inn Partners in 2014 after his graduation from the University of Vermont. His formative years were spent 'behind the scenes' in two historic New England country Inns. It was during this time he began to recognize the appeal of Innkeeping from a lifestyle and business perspective. Today, he brings a millennial perspective to his work consulting with aspiring and current Innkeepers nationwide.

Inn Partners' Associate Megan Smith

Megan Smith, Consultant and Podcast Partner

Megan brings 15  years of corporate management experience with Hyatt Hotels and Au Bon Pain to our team, in addition to a 12 year run as the owner, with her husband Greg, of a successful Vermont Country Inn. Megan's experience as President of the Board of the Killington Chamber of Commerce translated to a run for the Vermont House of Representatives where she was elected and formed a tourism caucus. In 2011 she was appointed to the position of Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing which she held through 2016. Megan is excited to share her in-depth knowledge with small businesses in the hospitality industry. She is also the creative director of Inn Partners' upcoming podcast series Inside Innkeeping.