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May 2
Tavern on Rush
May 3
The French Pastry School

May 10 
May 17-18
Washington, D.C.
May 20-23
McCormick Place

May 23
McCormick Place

June 21
Mystic Blue -  Navy Pier

July 11
Mystic Blue - Navy Pier

July 13  
Arlington Racecourse
Arlington Heights 

August 15
Super Golf Classic
Harborside International 
Golf Center

Tuckaway Golf Club

November 1
Hyatt Regency O'Hare





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Dean Lane

Tom Robertson
Mark Lauer
Jerry Cataldo

Marc Gordon

Eric Bates
Jenna Beyers
John Brooke, CHA
Jerry Cataldo
*Mike Cohen
Brian Cooney, CHA
Kim Corrigan
Paul Daly
Darin Dame, CHA
Doug Dean
*Patrick Donelly
Konstantine Drosos
Mike Feigenbaum
Pierre-Louis Giacotto
Stefan Gruvberger
Kirsten Guill
*Bob Habeeb, CHA
Chris Hansen
Patrick Hatton
Dieter Heigl
Stacy Hinrichs
Greg Horeth
Steve Horve
Mark Huntley
Michelle Irvin, CHA, CFBE
David Jacobs
Fred Jones
George Jordan
Dave Kimsey
Tony Klok
Dean Lane
Mark Lauer
Damien McArdle
Dale McFarland
Michael McGilligan
Karen McGuigan
Mike McGuigan
Ginny Morrison
*Nabil Moubayed, CHA
Marlene Poynder
Tom Robertson
*Jay Rosenthal
Charlie Shirk
Peter Simoncelli
*Lisa Timbo
Tommie L. Van
*Ron Vlasic
*John Wells
Jim Buczek
Rich Cialabrini   
Jim Donivan
Rick Simon 
John Tomasiewicz

*Dick Betty 
*Ed Copeland 
*Joan Geary 
*Jim Gould 
Arnie Karr 
Mike Levy 
*John Osmanski 
*Rex Parker 
*Gene Rupnik 
Andy Schwebel, CHA 
David Sowell 

*Past Chairman

Chicago Office
Marc Gordon
President & CEO
Jennifer Chase
Managing Director, Events
Emma Cheong 
Event & Sales Coordinator

Susannah Flanner
Director of Membership/ Strategic Partnerships

Mark Malayter

David Miller
Director of IT
Karrie Teel
Director of Education & Communications
Springfield Office
Scott Dahl
Regional Director of Membership
Brenda Jo Jacob
Director of 
Governmental Affairs

April was another successful month that got started with IHLA hosting our GM Breakfast Meeting on April 4th at the Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites. Thanks to Patrick Filatre for hosting the event. State Senator Kwame Raoul and Cook County Commissioner Jeffrey Tobolski spoke to our hotel members on several issues at the State and Cook County levels that affect our industry. Both of our keynote speakers answered questions from the group on a wide range of topics.
On April 28th, IHLA along with Choose Chicago, Illinois Restaurant Association, and The Magnificent Mile Association, co-hosted the first Central Business District Hiring event with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership called Hospitality Hires Chicago. The event attracted over 50 hospitality companies from various sectors of the tourism industry including 25 hotels and hotel companies. These companies interviewed hundreds of job seekers pre-screened by the Chicago Workforce Partnership. Overall, the event was very successful and the industry looks to host other hiring events in the future.
On May 17-18, AHLA will be hosting its annual Legislative Action Summit (LAS) in Washington, D.C. This year, AHLA is once again joining forces with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AHHOA) to demonstrate a strong voice for the lodging industry on Capitol Hill. Please join IHLA's large contingency of members in hearing several keynote speakers and then educating our two Illinois Senators and several members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation on key issues affecting our industry at the federal level. Click HERE for more information and to register. Thanks to all our IHLA members who will be joining us and representing Illinois at this national political event during a very interesting period with a new President and a new Congress. 
Also in May, IHLA will be hosting our 22nd Annual Hospitality Awards Luncheon on May 23rd during the National Restaurant Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. Al Friedman, Paul Daly, Ginny Morrison, Nabil Moubayed, and Tom Robertson will be honored at the Luncheon. All tickets to the Luncheon include a free badge to the NRA Show that is good for all four days of the Show. Click
HERE for more information and to register.
Finally, the application deadline for IHLA's Educational Foundation 2017/18 academic scholarships is May 10th. IHLAEF plans to award at least $52,000 in scholarships to deserving hospitality students from Illinois for the upcoming school year. Applications for 2017/18 scholarships can be found HERE. Please join us for our annual scholarship fundraiser, Pony Up for the Kids XI on July 13th at Arlington International Racecourse. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Thanks to all of our members for their continued support.

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Welcome New Regional Partner 
Need to sell your equipment? Hermes will buy your used laundry and dry cleaning equipment. They have a team of professional rebuild mechanics that can provide their customers with quality used pieces of equipment for a fraction of the cost of new ones.

Welcome New Allied Members
Robert A. Dobbins | 630-887-7700
AMS Mechanical Systems, Inc.  provides complete concept and full-service mechanical contracting. They are passionately committed to their customers, the industry and each other. These are the hallmarks of an approach that has built their reputation over five decades of serving clients in HVAC, Industrial Refrigeration, Heavy Industrial Piping and Construction, Food and process piping, electrical power and control systems, plumbing, and service and maintenance. At all times they act with integrity, providing quality service, while being reliable and responsible.
Frank Cavanaugh | 708-445-8400
Aria Group focuses on designing restaurant, entertainment, and hospitality projects in 42 states, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, Canada, and South America. They are a recognized leader in the industry having designed over 2,000 restaurants, casinos and clubhouses. Their services include architecture, planning, and interior design with knowledge in sustainable design, LEED design and the USGBC.
David Ritter | 312-357-1313
Barnes & Thornburg, LLC is a full service law firm with 13 offices across the U.S. They are among the 100 largest firms in the country and have experience in virtually all the legal practice areas required to do business in today's global marketplace.
Entic offers real-time analytics that deliver serious energy savings and operational efficiency. Entic provides building owners with substantial energy and water savings through increased operational visibility and control under an affordable, easy-to-implement subscription model. Used by some of the most recognized names in hospitality, healthcare, commercial office real estate, and sports, Entic provides real-time financial and engineering dashboards so that business and facility managers can make better decisions.
Cathi Volante | 312-726-2419 x215
The French Pastry School is the premier international institution of pastry arts education. Superb instruction, superior equipment, and top quality ingredients enable the co-founders, Chefs Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F. to uphold an exceptional educational facility for all things sweet and baked. The team of award-winning instructors has grown to world renowned chefs including Certified master Sugar Artists, Master Cake Artists, Master Bakers, and World Pastry Champions. Offering full pastry, cake, and bread programs and Continuing Education classes for pros!
Sally Prescott | 630-325-5335
McFarlane Douglass & Companiesoffers plant rental, exterior landscaping, commercial holiday decorations, flower arrangements and more. The efficient and flexible company is family-owned and has over 30 years of experience across Chicago.
Shonda Biddle | 855-849-8928
The Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program helps business customers offset natural gas efficiency costs. The program offers rebates, energy studies, and grants to encourage customers to make energy efficiency improvements in their properties.
Daniel Saeedi | Patrick Wartan | 312-527-4000
Taft Stettinius & Hollister's 400 attorneys practice in a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of the law, including Business and Finance, Bankruptcy, Environmental, Health & Life Sciences, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Private Client, Real Estate and Tax Law. Since 1885, the firm has provided breadth and depth of legal expertise with trusted business expertise across their nine offices to help their clients reach their goals.

On April 4th, Patrick Filatre hosted IHLA's bi-monthly Chicagoland Council of Hotel General Managers Breakfast Meeting at the Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites. Attendees enjoyed networking and a delicious breakfast spread, then listened to keynote speakers: Kwame Raoul, Illinois State Senator, 13th District and Jeff Tobolski, Cook County Commissioner, 16th District. The Senator discussed several topics, including the state budget impasse and a new bill he's working on to help reduce gun violence in Chicago. Commissioner Tobolski also discussed several issues and emphasized the importance of being proactive and speaking up on issues affecting our industry as some legislation passes quickly such as the hotel tax.

Next General Manager's Breakfast Meeting:
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
8:00am Breakfast & Networking | 8:30am Program Begins
Interested in Sponsoring a 2017 Bi-monthly GM Breakfast Meeting?
Contact Susannah Flanner for more information.

22nd Annual IHLA Hospitality Awards Luncheon   

In Conjunction with the National Restaurant Association, Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
McCormick Place South | Level 4 | Vista Ballroom

2301 S. King Dr. | Chicago, IL 60616 

11:00am Reception | 12:00pm Luncheon


Honoring the Recipient of the IHLA J. Patrick Leahy Lifetime Achievement Award

Albert M. Friedman, Chairman & CEO, Friedman Properties
And the Recipients of the Ambassador of Hospitality Awards
Paul Daly, GM, Hyatt Regency O'Hare | | Area Vice President, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Ginny Morrison, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Spire Hospitality
Nabil Moubayed, GM, The Kimpton Gray Hotel | Midwest Director of Ops, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Tom Robertson, GM, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile


Master of Ceremonies: Steve Dolinsky, ABC 7 Chicago's Food Reporter, "The Hungry Hound", Co-Producer & Host of The Feed Podcast, International Food Correspondent, & James Beard Award Winning Journalist

Tickets: Ticket price includes NRA Show badge valid Saturday, May 20 - Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

State of the Hotel Industry
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 10:30am | Room: S404 | 4th Level South
Join us before the Luncheon for a Hotel Industry Leadership Panel discussing the state of the hotel industry from top industry trends to new brands and mergers, engage with top hotel industry executives on the driving forces behind the future of the hotel industry.

Panel Led By: Ron Vlasic, Regional Vice President, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

-Jerry Cataldo, President & CEO, Hostmark Hospitality Group
-Robert Habeeb, President & CEO, First Hospitality Group, Inc.
-Nabil Moubayed, GM, The Kimpton Gray Hotel | Midwest Director of Ops, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

I-WIL French Dessert Demo, Tour, & Networking Event
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The French Pastry School  
3:00pm Welcome | 3:15pm-5:00pm Pastry Demo & Tour

Join I-WIL and Hospitality Leaders for an afternoon of networking, decadent French desserts, and an insider's tour of The French Pastry School (FPS). Attendees will leave with an FPS Swag Bag that includes a Kings of Pastry DVD and French chocolates and/or candies. Some copies of Chef Jacquy's James Beard Award-Winning Cookbook "The Art of French Pastry" will be given away during the demo.

I-WIL Gives Back for Mother's Day
Thursday, May 4, 2017 
In honor of Mother's Day, I-WIL is working in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department Division of Domestic Violence to provide baskets of essential items to women and children who are in transitional housing. Baskets will be assembled on May 4th. If you are able to donate toiletries or other essentials, 50 of any item is greatly appreciated. For more information and to participate, please contact Teri Archam

I-WIL 5th Annual Networking Cruise
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mystic Blue - Navy Pier
3:00pm Boarding | 3:30pm-5:00pm Cruising 

Join I-WIL  and Hospitality Leaders aboard Entertainment Cruises' Mystic Blue  docked at Navy Pier and enjoy an afternoon of networking and incredible views on Lake Michigan with entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and wine and bubbly!

Under 30 Gateway Spring Networking Event
Tuesday, May 2, 2017  
Tavern on Rush  

Join the Illinois Chapter of Under 30 Gateway for an evening of networking and fun at the famous Tavern on Rush. Tickets include light appetizers and your choice of one of Tavern's signature cocktails.

Under 30 Gateway Summer Networking Cruise
Tuesday, July 11, 2017  
Mystic Blue - Navy Pier
5:30pm VIP Dockside Party | 6:00pm Boarding | 6:30pm-8:30pm Cruising

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.

Benefits of Constellation Association Energy Program
Constellation believes in marketing through education. They work with IHLA members to develop an integrated energy strategy to achieve budget certainty and help protect you from market risk. To learn more about how Constellation, IHLA's endorsed energy supplier, can help you meet your business goals, click  HERE

Green Lodging Trends Report Survey
The second annual Green Lodging Trends Report survey, a production of Green Lodging News and Greenview, is now live and will remain open through June 15. Owners and operators of lodging establishments around the globe are being asked to participate. Click HERE to access the Green Lodging Trends Report page.
The Green Lodging Trends Report is the lodging industry's annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. The 2016 Green Lodging Trends Report, which summarizes the results of the first annual Green Lodging Survey, is available HERE

Recent #StayGreenSpotlight Article

Hospitality Hires Chicago
IHLA partnered with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Choose Chicago, Illinois Restaurant Association, and The Magnificent Mile Association to host a Central Business District Hiring Event, "Hospitality Hires Chicago" last Friday, April 28th at Palmer House.  The event was a huge success with over 50 participating hospitality companies, 500 pre-screened job seekers, and 1,200 scheduled interviews. Special thanks to all of our participating members and to Dean Lane and the Palmer House team for hosting this beneficial event. 

2017 Scholarship Applications
The 2017 Scholarship Applications are available to download on our website HERE
Please encourage eligible family, friends, and colleagues to apply
Why Apply for an IHLAEF Scholarship?
  • Scholarship awards are excellent for enhancing resumes, and an IHLAEF Scholarship shows you have earned recognition from the industry.
  • IHLAEF Scholarship recipients are better positioned to network, gain visibility, and advance in the hospitality industry. Recipients receive complimentary tickets to IHLA's Under 30 Gateway events and Annual Hospitality Awards Luncheon with admission to the NRA Show.
  • Our scholarships are renewable, providing an opportunity to receive a minimum of $7,000 over four years.  
  • Unlike a loan, scholarship money never needs to be paid back
The deadline to apply is May 10, 2017 .

Pony Up for the Kids XI
Thursday July 13, 2017
Arlington International Racecourse | Beverly D. Suite
2200 W. Euclid Ave. | Arlington Heights, IL 60005
12:30pm - 5:30pm | Chef's Table: 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Post Time: 1:25pm

All event proceeds benefit the IHLAEF Scholarship Program.

Win, Place, & Show Your Support:  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.

Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
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