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Conrad Chicago

March 7
IHLA Lobby Day
March 19-22
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield
March 24
29th Annual 
Hospitality Gala
Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel
May 10 
May 17-18
Washington, D.C.
May 20-23
McCormick Place

May 23
McCormick Place

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
Atul Patel, CPA, 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
Susannah Flanner
Director of Membership/ Strategic Partnerships

Mark Malayter

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

I hope all of our members are off to a good start in 2017. IHLA begins a busy year by hosting several events during the next three months. On February 7th, IHLA will host our first GM Breakfast Meeting of 2017 with keynote speaker Alderman Michele Smith. Alderman Smith will update us on several issues including the latest information on the enforcement of the Short-Term Rental Ordinance that passed City Council last June 22nd and became effective on December 17, 2016. Alderman Smith is a major advocate of strict enforcement of this ordinance.

On February 22nd, IHLA will host the 7th Annual Anniversary & GM Connect Event for our Under 30 Gateway Chapter at the Conrad Chicago. Hotel General Managers are invited to join our Under 30 Chapter members for networking and fun. Click HERE to register.  
On March 7th, IHLA will host our annual Lobby Day in Springfield. Over 50 IHLA members are expected to help IHLA lobby our state legislators on issues that are critical to our industry in Illinois. The Illinois Restaurant Association and the Illinois Council of Convention and Visitor Bureaus will be joining IHLA's Lobby Day once again to give our hospitality industry a much stronger voice as we meet with legislators representing all parts of the state. Several keynote speakers will address our group, and meetings with the top leaders of the General Assembly are being scheduled. Click HERE to join us for our Lobby Day.

On March 19-22, the Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel & Tourism will take place at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. If you or any of your staff members would like to attend the Governor's Conference to hear the State of the State's Tourism Address as well as other tourism industry speakers and participate in several tourism sessions, click HERE for more information and to register.  

On March 24th, IHLA will host our 29th Annual Hospitality Gala at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Please plan on joining us to for this wonderful hotel industry event. Fantastic food, beverages, music, and decor will make this a memorable and fun evening for everyone who attends. Click
HERE for more information and to register.
Finally, on May 17-18, AH&LA will be hosting its annual Legislative Action Summit (LAS) in Washington, D.C. This year, the new Trump Administration should make LAS very interesting. AH&LA once again is 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 great keynote speakers and then educating 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.

I look forward to seeing our members at all of these upcoming events.
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100 Busse Rd. |  Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
General Manager: Michelle Barnai
2020 Formosa Rd. |  Troy, IL 62294

2301 York Rd. 
Oak Brook, IL 60523
General Manager: Steven Mansmith

228 E. Ontario St. 
Chicago, IL 60611
General Manager: Christine Wechter

Clarion Hotel Joliet 
Banquet & Convention Center
411 S. Larkin Ave. | Joliet, IL 60436
General Manager: Debra Freund 

1566 Oak Ave. 
Evanston, IL 60201
General Manager: Kathryn Weiner

6080 Gurnee Mills Circle E. 
Gurnee, IL 60031
General Manager: Jay Patel
2120 S. Arlington Heights 
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
General Manager: Michael Cotten

2180 Patricia Ct. |  Caseyville, IL 62232
General Manager: Pete Merchant

100A E. Seright St.
Harrisburg, IL 62946

2600 W. Main St. 
Marion, IL 62959

201 Potomac Blvd. |  Mount Vernon, IL 62864
General Manager: Victor Patel

7353 S. Cicero Ave. |  Chicago, IL 60629
General Manager: Chris Hall

1409 W. Highway 50 |  O'Fallon, IL 62269
General Manager: Nick Patel

3250 Bittersweet Ave. |  Lake Bluff, IL 60044
General Manager: Andy Patel 

Welcome New Allied Members
Brian Prestifilippo | 612-209-4099
Blueair is part of the Unilever family of companies and is the global leader in the premium air purifier market. Blueair Room is their new service that's being rolled out to Hotels worldwide. Their aim is to provide sustainable, healthy environments that boost the guest experience and ultimately improve global well-being. Blueair also offers a revenue sharing program with hotels. The benefits include: Differentiating the hotel, guest loyalty, increased revenue per available room, option to offer Blueair room upgrade, and better guest experience all at no risk to the hotel.
Fred Schroeder | 800-956-8844
Since 1982, JCR has been successfully restoring damaged properties in the greater Chicagoland area for thousands of home and business owners. JCR offers complete emergency mitigation services for properties affected by water, fire, smoke, mold, or storms. JCR's Emergency Response Teams are available 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week with fully stocked vehicles ready for immediate dispatch. This insures you will receive the fastest possible response to your needs.
Dan O'Toole | 630-286-9900
Odyssey Transportation offers a wide variety of transportation services in a full-fledged fleet that includes passenger vans, mini coaches, limousine coaches, motor coaches, trolley cars, corporate vehicles, limousines.
Dan Lundstedt | 847-909-4479
Grout and tile cleaning, grout recoloring and repair, stone polishing (marble, travertine, onyx, terrazzo, and granite), and shower re-caulking. Sir Grout Chicago is a leading innovator in the "hard surface" care industry that recognizes the special needs of homeowners and businesses. 

Meet Our 2017 IHLA Chairman, Dean Lane
Dean is a 30 year veteran of the hotel and resort industry and is currently the General Manager of the historic Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel, the longest continuously operating hotel in North America. His responsibilities include the overall day to day operations of the 145-year-old, 1,641 room, Chicago landmark hotel institution. 

Dean is a graduate of the University of Nevada and started his tenure with the Palmer House in 2006. Prior to his appointment there, he managed the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak and Tapatio Cliffs Resorts in Phoenix, Arizona. He began his hotel career at the 2,000 room MGM Grand Hotel in Reno, Nevada working in such positions as Valet Parking, Bell Desk, and Front Desk. He quickly ascended the management ladder while transitioning through two ownership changes in the same building; Bally's Reno and the Reno Hilton where he eventually served as the Executive Assistant Manager overseeing multiple departments. 

Dean was awarded the IHLA 2016 Ambassador of Hospitality and IHLA 2014 Hotelier of the Year, and he was named the 2015 Historic Hotelier of the Year by the Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It's Dean's unwavering commitment to every associate, every guest, and every detail that makes his leadership style so authentic and engaging. His dedication beyond the hotel in his community is seamless; in addition to his IHLA Chairman role, Dean is an active Board Member of the Chicago Loop Alliance and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and a State Street Association Commissioner. He also previously served on the Harold Washington College Hospitality Advisory Board.

His role as Chairman will include a voice in governmental affairs issues that face our members as well as other important roles to help strengthen and grow the industry and develop future leaders. When asked about his Chairmanship, Dean stated, "First and foremost, I'm thrilled and honored to be the Chairman for the coming year. One goal in particular stands out in my mind, and that is a plan to increase the value of the IHLA membership in order to retain and attract new members." He went on to say, "I plan to work closely with the city of Chicago to ensure the new Short Term Rental Ordinance that goes into effect in 2017 is vigorously enforced and a level playing field is established. I will also continue to work with Governor Rauner and the democratic leadership of Illinois General Assembly to ensure that full state tourism funding is protected even if the budget stalemate continues next year in Springfield."

Like his quick ascension up the management ladder, Dean enjoys the thrill of mountain climbing, having climbed the Peak's in Colorado, Mt. Whitney in California, and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Dean makes his home in Orland Park with his wife Heather and son Samuel. 

Introducing Our New 2017 IHLA Board Members 

Shattering the Glass Ceiling for Women in Hospitality
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 5:00-7:00pm
5:00-5:45pm Appetizers, Refreshments, Meet & Greet | 5:45-7:00pm Guest Speaker & Program
Harper College | Building A, Room A-238 | 1200 W. Algonquin Rd. | Palatine, IL 60067

Karen McGuigan, Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago General Manager & IHLA Board Member, is blazing a trail for female leaders in the hospitality industry. Join the Harper College Educational Foundation HOPE Giving Circle* as Karen shares her journey from front desk clerk to the top role at a major hotel and discusses leadership opportunities for women in hospitality. 
For more information & to register, click HERE .
*The HOPE Giving Circle brings together influential women of diverse backgrounds with a common goal of supporting women pursuing higher education and empowering them to reach their full potential. HOPE Giving Circle members combine their resources to make a greater impact on the lives of women pursuing higher education at Harper College. Through scholarship support, mentoring, professional development opportunities and other means, the HOPE Giving Circle is committed to creating and enhancing educational and leadership opportunities for women.
29th Annual IHLA Hospitality Gala
An Evening of Amusement at the World's Fair
Friday, March 24, 2017 | 6:00pm
Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel |  17 E. Monroe St. | Chicago, IL 60603
The Hospitality Gala is IHLA's premier social event! Celebrate the achievements of our industry with an evening featuring exciting entertainment over spectacular food and libations. The affair begins with a lively reception and networking followed by dinner, sweet stations by Chicago's finest confectioneries, music and dancing, Grand Travel Raffle, and more!

IHLA Under 30 Gateway 
7th  Anniversary & GM Connect Event
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 5:00-8:00pm
Conrad Chicago |  101 E. Erie St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 19th Floor

Join the Illinois Chapter of Under 30 Gateway for an evening of networking and fun overlooking the city from the 19th floor of the stunning new Conrad Chicago.
Event Features:

-Power Networking with Local Industry Leaders

-Special Guest Speaker to be Announced

-Live Music By: Local Singer/Songwriter Britt Dignan

-Drinks & Hors d'Oeuvres

-Raffle Prizes

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Springfield, IL

IHLA is once again partnering with the Illinois Council of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (ICCVB) and the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) on 2017 LOBBY DAY. Our partnership with ICCVB and IRA provides a unique opportunity to show the strength, the breadth and the unity of the hospitality and tourism industry to Members of the 100th Illinois General Assembly.
Joint Opening Session Followed by Luncheon 
701 E. Adams St. | Springfield, IL 62701
Meetings with Leadership & Members of 100th IL General Assembly* 
1:00pm-5:00pm | Capitol Complex 
Legislative Reception
5:00pm-7:00pm | The Sangamo Club | 227 E. Adams St. | Springfield, IL 62701

*If you prefer to call your Senator and/or Representative to schedule a meeting with him/her, please let Brenda Jo Jacob know who you contacted and the confirmed meeting time to avoid duplication of efforts.  
Registration Fee:   $100 per IHLA Member | Registration Deadline: 3/2/17

Attendees are responsible for their own travel plans and hotel accommodations.
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Room Block
$109 + tax per room (Available for March 6 & March 7)
For reservations: Call 217-544-8800 & reference IHLA or click HERE
Room block booking deadline: 2/13/17  

To make reservations at another IHLA member hotel in Springfield, click  HERE .
It is important that we have a large representation of IHLA member hotels in attendance to continue educating our elected officials on the importance of our industry. We look forward to seeing you in Springfield on March 7th!

Constellation: 4 Reasons Investment & Natural Gas Strategies Work the Same Way

Have you ever compared the Standard & Poor's 500 ("S&P 500") Index and the New York Mercantile Exchange ("NYMEX") side-by-side? If you're like most people, no, why would you? But when you graph the activity of most markets over time, you'll see a jagged, up-and-down line that will most likely look different the next time you see it.
You'll see that the way we describe natural gas supply is the same. We talk about daily volumes, the day's high and low and historical trends. Natural gas and stock markets are very similar, but for some reason they are rarely treated that way.
Reasons you might think about managing your natural gas supply like your stocks:

1.     They both accept the fact that the markets are always changing.

2.     They both know not to eat the whole pie at once.

3.     They both customize plans based on risk tolerance.

4.     They both allow for "I'll do it myself" or "you do it for me" options.

So what does this mean for your business? The strategy you use for investments can also work for your natural gas supply strategy. What are you doing to minimize your risks? Do you know what your degree of risk tolerance is? Do you have the time to manage it yourself, or could you use the help of some experts?
However you might answer these questions, a strategic diversification plan can be built to meet these needs. To return to our comparison, despite age, career path or financial situation, thousands of people trust this same strategy - relying on a diversified retirement investment plan for the long-term. As an IHLA member, you have access to a trusted, IHLA-preferred energy supplier, Constellation, to develop this same strategy for your business.  READ MORE

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2017 Scholarship Applications
The 2017 Scholarship Applications are now 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 .   

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