Kansas Bed & Breakfast Association (KBBA)
The Kansas Bed and Breakfast Association was formed with the assistance of Kansas State University’s Small Business Development Department and Dr Fred Rice. In the late 1980s, Dr Rice was instrumental in guiding innkeepers from across the state of Kansas to form a steering committee to explore the idea of forming a state bed and breakfast association.
The first Kansas Bed and Breakfast Association meeting was held April 1, 1990 at The Barn Bed and Breakfast, Valley Falls. Participants ratified bylaws, standards, and elected officers to represent members of the KBBA.
The organization’s first officers were Lynda Fort, Fort’s Cedar View, Ulysses, President; Tom Ryan, The Barn, Valley Falls, Vice-President; Mary Hendricks, Thistle Hill, WaKeeney, Treasurer; Doris Nitzel, Peaceful Acres, Great Bend, Secretary; and Marie Balfour, Balfour B&B, Abilene, Standard Chairman.
KBBA officers and members met twice a year for networking and sharing educational opportunities. A KBBA directory was soon created and inns were divided into regions and directors were appointed for each region.
Past KBBA presidents are Lynda Fort, (1990-91, 98-99), Michael Pickering, Woody House Bed and Breakfast, Lincoln, (1992-93), Dave Hendricks, Thistle Hill Bed and Breakfast, WaKeeney, (1994-95), Bob Schafer, Chenault Mansion, Ft. Scott, (1996-97), Gary Anderson, LandMark Inn, Oberlin (2000-01), Diane Niehoff, Three Sister’s Inn, Baldwin City (2002-03), Joan Vogel, Cimarron Crossing (2004-05), Tom Ryan, The Barn, Valley Falls (2006), Tim Sanders, Windmill Inn, Chapman (2007-09), Rita Stramel, Tea Rose Inn, Hays (2010-11), Clare Moore, Henderson House, Stafford (2012-2016), and Tammy Ensey, Historic Elgin Hotel, Marion (2017). Diana Nickel, Scenic Valley Inn, Manhattan (2018 – present).
In 2004, past president, Lynda Fort, was hired as the Executive Director of KBBA and her valuable lobbying efforts lead Kansas legislators to pass in 2016 Senate Substitute for House Bill 2375 that classifies all bed and breakfasts with five or fewer rooms as residential property. Previous rulings had classified smaller bed and breakfasts as commercial properties.
KBBA celebrated its 30th Anniversary April 1, 2020. After managing day to day operations for KBBA with the assistance of the board of directors, Lynda Fort retired as Executive Director in August 2021. The KBBA board of directors now manage the organization.