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July 12  
for the Kids XII
Arlington Racecourse
Arlington Heights 

August 21
30th Annual Super
Golf Classic
Harborside International Golf Center
September 11
Tuckaway Golf Club
September 12-13
Washington, D.C.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
November 1
Hyatt Regency O'Hare







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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.  

Tom Robertson

Mark Lauer
Jerry Cataldo
Michelle McConnell, CHA

Marc Gordon
Mark Aleman 
Jermaine Anderson 
Eric Bates
Jenna Beyers 
John Brooke, CHA
Jerry Cataldo 
Raymond Ceresa 
*Mike Cohen 
Brian Cooney, CHA  
Paul Daly
Darin Dame, CHA
Doug Dean
*Patrick Donelly
Konstantine (Gus) Drosos
Mike Feigenbaum
Pierre-Louis Giacotto 
Stefan Gruvberger 
Kirsten Guill 
*Bob Habeeb, CHA
Chris Hansen 
Patrick Hatton
Dieter Heigl 
Stacy Hinrichs
Steve Horve 
Fred Jones
George Jordan 
Dave Kimsey 
Tony Klok 
*Dean Lane
France Langan
Mark Lauer
Damien McArdle 
Michelle McConnell, CHA 
Karen McGuigan
Mike McGuigan 
Ginny Morrison
*Nabil Moubayed, CHA
Catherine Mrowiec 
Tim Obert
Tom Robertson 
Richard Romane
Charlie Shirk
Peter Simoncelli 
*Lisa Timbo
Tommie L. Van
*Ron Vlasic 
*John Wells


Jim Buczek
Rich Cialabrini  
Jim Donivan
Rick Simon 
John Tomasiewicz

*Past Chairman
June was a busy month for our hotel members and for IHLA. On June 5th, IHLA kicked off the month with 2nd Ward Chicago Alderman, Brian Hopkins, speaking to our General Managers at The Gwen Hotel, hosted by General Manager, Michael Ditterline. Alderman Hopkins, who represents the north section of the Magnificent Mile area, is one of our greatest friends and supporters in City Council. He spoke about his strong opposition to the proposed mandated scheduling ordinance and his plans to introduce an ordinance to help address the crime issue in the City that negatively affects tourism and our hotels.

On June 19th, IHLA's Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee interviewed the finalists to determine the recipients of IHLAEF's 2018/19 scholarships. Each of our 25 scholarship winners will receive a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and a maximum scholarship of $5,000. Winners will be announced shortly, and over $57,000 will be awarded during the upcoming 2018/19 academic year. Thanks to all of our members who helped make it possible for our Educational Foundation to help these deserving students.
On June 21st, IHLA hosted our 6th Annual Illinois Women in Lodging Mentorship & Networking Cruise aboard the Spirit of Chicago. The event was tremendously successful with over 120 attendees enjoying wonderful food and beverages and great networking opportunities. Thanks to all the women leaders from our member hotels who supported this event.

IHLA is looking forward to hosting our 12th Annual Pony Up for the Kids Fundraiser at Arlington Park Racecourse on July 12th. This event will be a lot of fun and help raise money for IHLA's Educational Foundation Scholarship Program. Please join us to make a lot of money betting on the horses and to support a wonderful cause. Click HERE   for more information and to register.
Finally, IHLA will host our Under 30 Gateway Lake-Breeze Dinner Lounge Cruise on July 19th aboard the Mystic Blue. This will be a great event for the future leaders of the hotel industry to network and learn more about our industry. Please encourage your under 30 team members to take advantage of this opportunity by registering for this event HERE.

I hope everyone continues to have a great summer.

News You Can Use

Chicagoland Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism News 
Welcome New Strategic Partner

Chris Brewer  | 708-476-3942
ServiceMaster DSI provides disaster relief including 24-hour emergency services, water/fire/smoke restoration, pack out/content cleaning, mold remediation, construction services, odor removal, biohazard clean-up, and HVAC cleaning and restoration. With strategically placed headquarters in Chicago, they operate many command centers in the Midwest to help limit damage with immediate restoration assistance. They work closely with insurance agencies to ensure that your restoration project goes smoothly, both physically and financially.

Welcome New Allied Members

Dimitri Christopoulos | 312-587-7594
Christopoulos Law Group is a Chicago based law firm that serves the Beverage Alcohol and Hospitality Industry. They provide full legal services in all types of industry related transactional matters, litigation matters, liquor license applications, and regulatory/trade practice counseling.
Jeff Pflanz | 847-532-0099
Slip Stoppers offers permanent solutions to make floors less slippery. They add friction to slippery surfaces including shower basins, bathtubs, and pools without changing their appearance in any way. They also apply non-slip epoxy coatings and offer both residential and commercial applications for homes and businesses.

Featured Members

Welcome to the IHLA Team, Melissa MacNeur
We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our team, Event & Administrative Coordinator, Melissa MacNeur.  Graduating from Indiana University in 2016, with a degree in Nonprofit Management and a minor in Event Planning, Melissa moved to Chicago to start her career in the nonprofit sector. After working for a major healthcare nonprofit, Melissa is excited to make her career shift into the hospitality industry working for IHLA. During her free time, you'll find Melissa indoor cycling, trying new restaurants, and exploring all that Chicago has to offer with friends.

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 | Live Music from Bear & Jake Acoustic | Pop-Up Pro Shop $100 Gift Giveaway | Awards, Grand Travel Raffle, & More Chances to Win Cash & Prizes 

For questions, contact: Jennifer Chase

For customizable golf & sponsorship packages, contact: Susannah Flanner

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
-Stars of the Industry Chicagoland Regional Luncheon | 11/1/18
-Membership & State Stars of the Industry Holiday Luncheon | 12/2018
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. 


Would you like to serve as an Honorary Judge? Contact: Jennifer Chase


I-WIL 6th Annual Mentorship & Networking Cruise
Despite the dark skies, the rain parted and over 120 female leaders in hospitality enjoyed an afternoon of camaraderie, libations, and light bites cruising Lake Michigan aboard the Spirit of Chicago on the first day of summer, June 21st. With no shortage of entertainment and networking, a great time on the Celebration Deck was had by all! Antoinette Cahill, The Drake Director of Catering, was awarded top networker of the cruise. The fun carried over to shore at Riva Café for even more merriment and networking. Thanks to our friends at Entertainment Cruises as they delivered one of our most festive cruises - sailing rain or shine!

U30 2nd Annual Lake-Breeze Dinner Lounge Cruise
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Mystic Blue, Docked at Navy Pier
Join the Illinois Chapter of Under 30 Gateway on a Lake-Breeze Dinner Lounge Cruise aboard Entertainment Cruises' Mystic Blue docked at Navy Pier and enjoy an evening of networking, fun, and incredible views on Lake Michigan. Tickets include dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, dancing, and games.

Recent Governmental Affairs Updates

Constellation Energy Market Intel Webinar
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 1:00pm CST
Learn about the energy market trends that may affect your future contracting decisions and hear energy questions and answers from businesses like yours.


Pony Up for the Kids XII
Thursday July 12, 2018
Arlington International Racecourse | Beverly D. Suite

Exacta? Trifecta? Superfecta? You Betcha!  Get ready for an exciting day at the races in the classy yet comfortable Beverly D. Suite of Arlington Racecourse. Guests will mingle in the private room and covered walkout terrace with stunning bird's eye views of the track, indulge in the delicious fare and premium cocktails, and enjoy the benefit of a horseracing professional on hand to offer winning selections and betting strategies. All event proceeds benefit the IHLAEF Scholarship Program

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