Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago
Downtown Magnificent Mile
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bloomington
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
Hyatt Regency O'Hare
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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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
President's Message - September 2018
I'd like to once again introduce myself as the new President and CEO of IHLA. I appreciate the overwhelming support that many of you have offered already this week and look forward to meeting you all. I'd also like to thank Marc Gordon for not only his 21 years of service to the Association but also for his guidance and generosity of his time during my onboarding.
As you know, September was a very challenging month for IHLA and the hotel industry in Chicago due to a strike called by UNITE HERE Local 1 against 26 Chicago hotels starting on September 7th. The strike was called one week after the previous contract had expired on August 31st and after very few negotiation sessions were scheduled by the union with the various hotels and hotel companies covered by the union contract. The strike was a very unfortunate event that hurt everyone. We hope the strike will be behind us very soon so that we can get back to our mission of supporting our employees and providing outstanding service to our guests.
As a result of the strike, IHLA's 9th Annual I.H.M.P.A.C. Chicago/Cook County Dedicated Fund Golf Fundraiser scheduled for September 11th was postponed. In addition, the Hospitality Hires Chicago hiring event scheduled for September 19th, that IHLA co-hosts with Chicago/Cook Workforce Partnership, among others, was also postponed. I'm pleased to share that the Hospitality Hires Chicago event has been rescheduled for October 10th at the Palmer House Hilton.
On September 12-13th, AHLA hosted the Legislative Action Summit (LAS) in Washington, D.C. IHLA members held seven appointments with the House delegation and met with both Senators. Thanks to IHLA Board Member, Dave Kimsey, and several other industry representatives from Illinois who joined Marc in representing IHLA in Washington. In addition, AHLA president and CEO, Katherine Lugar, recognized Marc for his service to IHLA and the lodging industry nationwide.
On October 18th, IHLA's Educational Foundation will present an "Important Labor & Employment Topics Impacting Your Hotels" Seminar at Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile. Laner Muchin Partner, Attorney Robert Bernstein, will discuss new labor and employment topics affecting the hotel industry. Please make sure your hotel is protected from harassment claims and you are updated on National Labor Relations Board developments affecting your business. For more details and to register you and your team members to attend this valuable seminar, please click HERE.
Finally, we are excited about the 600 Stars of the Industry nominations we have received from 107 hotels located throughout Illinois. These nominations have been forwarded to our judges who have the difficult task of determining the regional finalists and winners in eleven categories. We look forward to seeing all of our members when we honor all of these terrific nominees, finalists, and winners at our two regional Stars of the Industry Recognition luncheons on October 24th in Bloomington and November 1st in Rosemont. To purchase your tables and tickets, please click HERE for Central Illinois and HERE for Chicagoland.
21st Annual Stars Regional Luncheons Registration Open
Join us for our biggest events of the year: #IHLAStarsoftheIndustry! Don't miss the chance to celebrate the best of the best employees in the hospitality industry here in Illinois at our Stars Employee Recognition Luncheons. Show your 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. The stories of incredible hard work, dedication, and genuine kindness towards both guests and fellow colleagues are truly an inspiration. It is IHLA's privilege to celebrate the accomplishments of all the nominees, finalists, and winners presented each year.
10/24 Central Illinois Regional Luncheon -
11/1 Chicagoland Regional Luncheon -
Welcome New Hotel Members
Welcome New Allied Members
Cultural Exchange Network (Cenet)
Cenet is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural exchange. They administer the Trainee, Intern, and Summer Work Travel Programs for international students and recent graduates interested in a work-based cultural experience within the United States. From dozens of countries from around the world, Cenet recruits hospitality candidates who are enthusiastic, educated, committed, and proficient in English. Welcoming an exchange visitor with a hospitality background creates a dynamic and culturally diverse environment which results in a mutually rewarding experience.
Contact: Robyn Walker
30th Annual IHLA Super Golf Classic
2018 IHLA Super Golf Classic was a HIT!
Thank you to all those who helped support the event!
Political advocacy and involvement by IHLA Members
IHLA Board Member Mark Aleman attending a fundraiser for State Representative Randy Frese (R-94).
Those pictured L to R: Mark Aleman, Representative Randy Frese, Adam Blackburn, Patrick Schreacke, Heather Schreacke
UNDER 30 / WOMEN IN LODGING
Calling all U.30 Gateway & I-WIL Members: Join IHLA Leaders in Bloomington on 10.23!
Join our Under 30 Gateway - Illinois Chapter
Meet Our 2018 IHLAEF Scholarship Recipients
Read more about our 2018 scholarship recipients and check out these featured scholar videos!