UNDER 30 GATEWAY
Are you 21-29 years old and employed at an IHLA member hotel? Then you need to connect with other young professionals of the Gateway! Membership is free!
Not a member of Illinois Women in Lodging yet? Membership is free
to any female employed by an IHLA member hotel.
AHLA Career Center
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With one million job seeker visits per month, Hcareers is the leading hospitality career resource for those seeking hospitality employment and those looking to hire top talent.
A portion of the revenue from Hcareers Illinois job posts goes directly to the IHLAEF Scholarship Program.
The Chicago HEaT (Hospitality, Entertainment, & Tourism) Security Association's mission is to share communications, alerts, & training that affect the Hospitality, Entertainment, & Tourism Industry with the assistance of law enforcement partners, reducing the impact of incidents on our industry, maximizing safety, & minimizing crime in our community.
IHLA 2018 OFFICERS
Michelle McConnell, CHA
PRESIDENT & CEO
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Brooke, CHA
Brian Cooney, CHA
Darin Dame, CHA
Konstantine (Gus) Drosos
*Bob Habeeb, CHA
Michelle McConnell, CHA
*Nabil Moubayed, CHA
Tommie L. Van
July was highlighted by IHLA's Educational Foundation hosting our 12th Annual Pony Up for the Kids Fundraiser at Arlington Park Racecourse on July 12th. More than 70 attendees had a lot of fun and helped raise more than $16,500 for our Educational Foundation Scholarship Program. Special thanks to Constellation Energy, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Alvarez & Associates, Embassy Suites Downtown Magnificent Mile, DoubleTree Chicago Magnificent Mile, Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport, Conrad Chicago, and Waldorf Astoria Chicago for sponsoring the event, and to Karrie and the IHLA team for putting on this great event at Arlington Park. Some of our guests made money and everyone had a good time supporting a wonderful cause.
On July 16th, IHLA co-hosted with Choose Chicago the 8th Annual Hotel Symposium at Loews Chicago Hotel. Speakers included Vail Ross from STR, who gave her analysis of the Chicago and national hotel market as well as her forecast for 2019. Special thanks to Chris Hansen and his team at Loews hosting the event, and to David Whitaker and his team at Choose Chicago for putting on a great event with lots of valuable information.
July concluded with IHLA hosting 35 young hotel team members at our Under 30 Gateway Networking Dinner Cruise on July 19th aboard the Mystic Blue. This was a great event for the future leaders of the hotel industry to network and learn more about the industry. Everyone had a worthwhile experience and lots of fun on the cruise.
August will be a busy month starting with our General Managers Breakfast Meeting on August 7th aboard the Odyssey ship at Navy Pier. We will have the Senior Director of Public Affairs for Brand USA, Mike Fullerton, featured as our keynote speaker. Mike will share what is happening with tourism at the national level and how that will impact the hotel industry in Illinois during the upcoming year. Also speaking at the breakfast will be Ted Mandigo, who will present his Chicagoland hotel industry forecast for 2019. Ted's forecast should be very helpful to our hotel members as they prepare their budgets and business plans for next year.
Nominations for our 2018 Stars of the Industry program
are due on August 17th. Please nominate all of your top employees in any or all of the eleven categories. This is a great way for you to give your employees industry recognition that costs you nothing. There are no nomination or other fees. All nominated employees are treated like winners and will be recognized at our Stars of the Industry recognition luncheons in October and November. Please submit your nominations HERE.
Finally, August will be highlighted by IHLA's 30th Annual Super Golf Classic, scheduled for August 21st at Harborside International. I hope all members will participate in this special 30th anniversary event. Please join us for great food and beverages, spectacular golf, incredible giveaways of more than 220 golf related gift items, numerous hole contest prizes, wonderful raffles of cash, travel packages, and electronic items, and a variety of online auction items on which to bid. No golfer will go home without a nice gift. Please click HERE to purchase your foursomes and hole sponsorships.
Welcome New Allied Members
Innvision Hospitality is a leading provider of FF&E procurement, interior design, and installation services to hotel owners and operators who are building or renovating their properties.
They make their clients' hotels visually striking, meeting budgets and hotel brand standards along the way. They are expertly versed in brand standards for many of the most prominent hotel franchises such as Carlson, Choice, Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham.
Midwest Laundries is a leading distributor of on-premises and coin-operated commercial laundry equipment for IPSO - an Alliance Laundry Systems' Brand. Their goal is to make researching and buying or leasing commercial laundry equipment a simple, straightforward, and enjoyable process. Midwest Laundries also services equipment and offers laundry detergent and chemical supply.
Maverick & ACRON Groundbreaking Ceremony
Congratulations to Maverick Hotels & Restaurants and ACRON on the groundbreaking for their new Curio Collection by Hilton hotel development at Navy Pier! This will be Navy Pier's first hotel, and the hotel management and development company and global real estate investment firm broke ground during a press conference and ceremony held on July 11th on the future site of what promises to be a vibrant addition to Chicago's tourism offerings. Read more HERE.
Pictured L to Rt:
William Brodsky (Navy Pier), Marilynn Gardner (Navy Pier), Robert Rivkin (Deputy Mayor, City of Chicago), Robert Habeeb (Maverick Hotels & Restaurants), Greg Wilson (ACRON USA), Dave Alexander (James McHugh Construction Co.), Louis Dodd (Dodd Group), Kelly Powers Baria (Powers & Sons), Mark Spears (CIBC), Jackie Koo (KOO Architecture + Interiors)
30th Annual IHLA Super Golf Classic
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Harborside International Golf Center
Join us for the premiere hotel industry golf outing featuring an incredible day of golf and networking with the finest in hospitality, a perfect way to entertain VIP clients!
Event Includes: 18-Hole Golf with GPS Carts | Driving Range | Morning Refreshments | BBQ Lunch Buffet | Beverages by Breakthru Beverage of Illinois, MillerCoors, & PepsiCo | Pop-Up Oasis Bars | Steak Dinner with Top-shelf Reception, Wine Tasting, & Live Music from Bear & Jake Acoustic | Pop-Up Pro Shop $100 Gift Giveaway | Awards, Grand Travel Raffle, & More Chances to Win Cash & Prizes
21st Annual Stars of the Industry Nominations
About Stars of the Industry:
Employee recognition and retention are invaluable elements to the success of hotels. IHLA's Stars of the Industry Awards Program was established in 1996 to honor IHLA member hotel employees for their outstanding accomplishments, service, and leadership in the hospitality and lodging industry. Illinois has thousands of exceptional hotel and lodging employees who help our visitors enjoy their stay, and the Stars Program recognizes the best of the best, those who truly go above and beyond and whose incredible hard work, dedication, attentiveness, and genuine kindness towards both guests and fellow colleagues is an inspiration their peers.
To honor the talent and performance of employees who go that extra mile to provide extraordinary service to their hotel guests, each year, awards are presented to individuals in 11 categories from IHLA member hotels in 3 regions:
Chicago | Suburban Chicago | Central Illinois
IHLA Hosts 3 Annual Stars of the Industry Events:
-Stars of the Industry Central Illinois Regional Luncheon | 10/24/18 | REGISTER & AD BOOK
-Stars of the Industry Chicagoland Regional Luncheon | 11/1/18 | REGISTER & AD BOOK
-Membership & State Stars of the Industry Holiday Luncheon | 12/14/2018
Participating in Stars of the Industry
: We encourage all of our members to participate in this high profile employee recognition program; to nominate and show appreciation for your outstanding team members and give them the opportunity to be recognized by their peers at an entertaining celebration they will never forget. There is no cost to nominate an IHLA hotel member employee.
U30 2nd Annual Lake-Breeze Dinner Lounge Cruise
The Illinois Under 30 Gateway held its 2nd annual networking dinner cruise on July 19th aboard Entertainment Cruises' Mystic Blue. Attendees from hotels across Chicago joined IHLA for a fun evening of networking on Lake Michigan. The event included dinner, drinks, skyline views, and of course the great company of fellow hospitality industry members. Thank you to those who attended and to our partner, Entertainment Cruises, for another fabulous event.
Interested in getting involved with our U30 Chapter? Contact: Melissa MacNeur
IHLAEF 2018 Scholarship Recipients
For the 2018-2019 academic year, the IHLA Educational Foundation awarded $57,500 in scholarships to 25 students studying Hospitality Management at 18 colleges in Illinois and across the country. We proudly announce our 2018 winners - Congratulations to these outstanding recipients and future hospitality leaders and thank you to our generous donors!
Kacie Cachera - Eastern Illinois University - Hilton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship
Ubaldo Castillo - Kalamazoo College - Choose Chicago Scholarship
Keegan Davis - University of Nevada - Las Vegas - Constellation Scholarship
Rebecca Doman - Rosen College of Hospitality Management - Davidson Hotels & Resorts Scholarship
Reda Hasan - DePaul University - Spire Hospitality Scholarship
Samantha Kliros - DePaul University - Patt Karr Memorial Scholarship
Payton Knisley - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Anne Nelson - Florida State University
Yves Chambaz - Kendall College
Jasmine Dinkins - Johnson & Wales University - J. Patrick Leahy Connoisseur Scholarship
Megan Feeney - University of South Carolina
Marilyn Gasienica - Iowa State University
Malikha Long - Kendall College
Tess McArthy - Eastern Illinois University - Sage Hospitality Scholarship
Kenzie Mocogni - DePaul University - Hyatt Scholarship
Tess O'Callaghan - Pennsylvania State University
Kayla Oglesby - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Clara Pauker - Purdue University - Chicagoland Marriott Hotels Scholarship
Todd Pinta - DePaul University - Hostmark Hospitality, Robert J. Cataldo Scholarship
Elizabeth Redhead - DePaul University
LeRoy Sthay - Western Illinois University
Leah Tibbs - The French Pastry School
Samuel Tucker - University of Houston - Kimpton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship
Kevin Waterstreet - Northern Illinois University
Ellen Woods - Kansas State University
READ MORE ABOUT OUR WINNERS
Pony Up for the Kids XII
On Thursday, July 12th, IHLA hosted the 12th Annual Pony Up for the Kids fundraising event at Arlington Park Racecourse, benefiting the IHLAEF Scholarship Program. Over 65 guests enjoyed an exciting day at the races in the classy yet comfy Beverly D. Suite with a delicious buffet, great weather, and good company.
Special thanks to event emcee, Nabil Moubayed, and congrats to raffle winners: Antoinette Cahill - The Drake Director of Social Catering, Mike Feigenbaum - The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center GM, Selawe Tau - The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Director of Operations, and Selwyn Robles - Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago Housekeeping Director. Selwyn generously donated all of his 50/50 Cash Raffle winnings back to the Foundation!
Thank you to all who attended and supported the event and big thanks to event sponsors: Alvarez & Associates, Conrad Chicago, Constellation, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Magnificent Mile, Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile, Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport, Hyatt Regency Chicago and Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Over $16,500 was raised for the Scholarship Program and deserving Illinois college students pursuing hospitality management degrees throughout the country.