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Hotel ROI

August 10
Hotel ROI
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront

August 15
29th Annual
Super Golf Classic
Harborside International 
Golf Center

Tuckaway Golf Club

October 4
Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile 

November 1
Hyatt Regency O'Hare





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!  

To sign up, visit:

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to any female employed by an IHLA member hotel.

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Not yet recognized as a StayGreen Hotel or TripAdvisor GreenLeader? Complete the online Questionnaire today. 


Learn more about the benefits of becoming StayGreen.

For questions about the StayGreen Program, contact: Karrie Teel.
AHLEI Certified Guest Service Professional Designation (CGSP) Personalized Training


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
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

On a personal note, July got off to a terrific start when my son Andrew got married to Jackie Appleman in Michigan on July 8th. It was truly a memorable and wonderful occasion for me, my family, and the Appleman family. Andy and Jackie are both attorneys who practice law in Michigan and live in Grand Rapids. Andy is the oldest of my two children. My daughter Ashley, is the Director of Marketing for the Magnificent Mile Association in Chicago. My wife Darlene and I are very proud of both of our children and we are thrilled to welcome Jackie into our family.

Also in July, IHLA hosted 75 young hotel staff members with our Under 30 Gateway Networking Dinner Cruise on July 11th 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.

July was then highlighted by IHLA's Educational Foundation hosting our 11th Annual Pony Up for the Kids Fundraiser at Arlington Park Racecourse on July 13th. More than 80 attendees had a lot of fun and helped raise more than $16,000 for our Educational Foundation Scholarship Program. Special thanks to Constellation Energy, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Alvarez & Associates, Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport, McHugh Construction, and Nicolay & Dart, LLC 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.
August will be a busy month starting with our General Managers Breakfast Meeting on August 1st aboard the Odyssey ship at Navy Pier. We will have the Director of the Illinois Bureau of Tourism, Cory Jobe, featured as our keynote speaker. Cory will share some of his plans for Illinois tourism during the upcoming year. Also speaking at the breakfast will be Ted Mandigo, who will present his Chicagoland hotel industry forecast for 2018. Ted's forecast should be very helpful to our hotel members as they prepare their budgets and business plans for next year.
August will be highlighted by IHLA's 29th Annual Super Golf Classic, scheduled for August 15th at Harborside International. I hope all members will participate in this outstanding event. Please join us for great food and beverages, spectacular golf, and 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.
Finally, Nominations for our 2017 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.
Best regards, 
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Welcome New Hotel Members

1801 N. Naper Blvd. | Naperville, IL 60563
GM: Dan Gustafson

10 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611
GM: Ed Buckley

6624 S. Cicero Ave. | Chicago, IL 60638
GM: Daniel Hardwood

6810 Mannheim Rd. | Rosemont, IL 60018
GM: Nik Kern

Board & Strategic Partners Summer Reception
On July 18th and 19th, IHLA Board Members and Strategic Partners met at Pheasant Run Resort for dinner, cocktails, networking, and a live acoustic guitarist on the golf course. Special thanks to Jerry Cataldo, GM France Langham, and the entire Pheasant Run Resort team for hosting IHLA's summer Board meetings and events. IHLA also thanks reception sponsors: Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating Company, HD Supply, and Lyft and our breakfast meeting sponsor: Royal Cup Coffee and Tea. 
Interested in sponsoring an IHLA Board of Directors Dinner Reception?
Contact Emma Cheong for more information.

29th Annual IHLA Super Golf Classic
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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

-Morning Refreshments by Tito's Handmade Vodka

-BBQ Lunch Buffet

-Beverages by Breakthru Beverage of IL, MillerCoors, PepsiCo, & Royal Cup Coffee & Tea

-Steak Dinner with Top-shelf Reception

-Live Music, Awards, Grand Travel Raffle

-$100 Gift Giveaway Featuring Our Mobile Pro Shop


For questions, contact: Jennifer Chase
For customizable Golf & Sponsorship Packages, contact: Emma Cheong

20th 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. #IHLAStarsoftheIndustry
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 4 regions:
Chicago | Suburban Chicago | Central Illinois | Southern Illinois (NEW, Limited Categories)
IHLA Hosts 3 Annual Stars of the Industry Events:
-Stars of the Industry Central Illinois Regional Luncheon | 10/25/17
-Stars of the Industry Chicagoland Regional Luncheon | 11/1/17
-State Stars of the Industry & Membership Holiday Luncheon | 12/14/17
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. 

Submit nominations for your associates, managers, & directors by 8/17/17!

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

U30 Networking Dinner Cruise
On July 11th, our Illinois Under 30 Gateway held its first annual networking dinner cruise aboard Entertainment Cruises' Mystic Blue docked at Navy Pier. 75 attendees enjoyed an evening of networking, fun, and incredible skyline views. The event included an exclusive VIP Dockside party, dinner, cocktails, entertainment, and games. Special thanks to IHLA Partner, Entertainment Cruises, and the Mystic Blue Chicago team for hosting yet another fantastic event. 

Legislative Update 
Illinois is now - after two years - operating with a State Budget. The budget passed the Illinois General Assembly during the special session, was vetoed by the Governor, and the veto was over-ridden for the budget to become law.
During the entire budget process, IHLA had lobbied the General Assembly on our key message that "investment in Illinois' tourism is a huge ROI for the State", and our efforts were rewarded with a number of key tourism provisions in the budget:
  • 4.3% increase in FY2018 Tourism Funding
  • One-time appropriation for Choose Chicago to counteract the recent international negative publicity that has curtailed foreign visits
  • Separation of the Tourism Promotion Fund (TPF) from the General Fund, which will curb past practices of utilizing these funds for other non-tourism related purposes
  • 2% collection fee on all taxes collected by "McPier"
  • Authorization of $1.2B to be borrowed from "special funds" for payment of the back-log of bills
For questions, contact:  Brenda Jo Jacob

Heart of the House Tour with Congressman Schneider
On July 10th, Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, hosted U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider, Representing the 10th District of Illinois, for a Heart of the House Tour. Congressman Schneider met with employees and saw firsthand how the hotel industry plays an integral role in Illinois' 10th district and beyond. The tour was led by the property's GM, Eric Bates, who was accompanied by IHLA President & CEO, Marc Gordon, and American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) representative, Tim Molino.
"It was an honor to welcome Representative Schneider to the Chicago Lincolnshire Marriott Resort and showcase the unwavering dedication of the hotel's associates as they work day and night to achieve superior guest satisfaction, many of whom have worked at the hotel for their entire careers," stated General Manager Eric Bates. "We work hard to create a sense of community here at the Lincolnshire Resort and always enjoy opportunities to partner with the Village of Lincolnshire as we embrace the culture and character of our tranquil village and the surrounding areas."
The tour is part of the AHLA "Heart of the House" hotel tour program, which connects members of Congress with local hoteliers and employees in their congressional district. These personal tours give congressional leaders the opportunity to meet and hear from their constituents in the hospitality business and discuss the industry's impact on creating long-term careers, encouraging travel and tourism, and boosting economic growth and development.
Interested in hosting a Back of the House Tour at your property ?
Contact Brenda Jo Jacob for more information. 


Constellation Webinar for Energy Buyers
2017 Energy Market Outlook
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 1:00 pm CDT 

Topics Include:
  • Summer Temperatures Update: Summer '17 will clear as a top 10 summer driven by strong temperatures in the West. It could clear as top 5 if heat shots that move into the Midwest and East continue. Constellation will recap key drivers and take a preliminary look at winter '17/'18.
  • Current Supply & Demand: Updates on recent rebound in gas production, where underground storage inventories sit on the path to 3.9 Tcf and how LNG and Mexican exports are performing year to date.
  • Investing in the Future: How Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV) invests in emerging energy technologies to benefit their customers
Sample Letter of Inclusion
By completing a Letter of Inclusion (LOI) with IHLA and Constellation, you can receive pricing information and offers to purchase power and/or natural gas through the IHLA Energy Program. This information will be provided to your business exclusively through IHLA and Constellation. To view a sample LOI, click HERE. You can also learn more about getting started with Constellation by visiting


IHLAEF 2017 Scholarship Recipients
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the IHLA Educational Foundation awarded $54,000 in scholarships to 26 students studying Hospitality Management at 15 colleges in Illinois and across the country. We proudly announce our 2017 winners - Congratulations to these outstanding recipients and future hospitality leaders and thank you to our generous donors!

Weronika Celer - DePaul University -  Hilton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship
Yves Chambaz - Kendall College - Constellation Scholarship
Hayley Delaney - DePaul University - Jim & Adele Abrahamson Scholarship
Jermaine Dill - Kennedy-King College
Jasmine Dinkins - Johnson & Wales University
Megan Feeney - University of South Carolina - Pat Karr Memorial Scholarship
Ashlyn Gardner - Northern Illinois University
Marilyn Gasienica - Iowa State University
Matthew Korman - Cornell University
Malikha Long - Kendall College - Prominence Hospitality Group, Rana ZR. Scholarship
Tess McArthy - Eastern Illinois University
Kenzie Mocogni - DePaul University
Tess O'Callaghan - Pennsylvania State University
Deborah Ogunribido - University of Central Florida - Chicagoland Marriott Hotels Scholarship
Jaclyn Parks - Southern Illinois University - Kimpton Hotels of Chicago Scholarship
Clara Pauker - Purdue University
Todd Pinta - DePaul University
Elizabeth Redhead - DePaul University
Ethan Reynolds - Culinary Institute of America - Hyatt Scholarship
Gabrielle Serpico - DePaul University
Samuel Tucker - University of Houston
Kevin Waterstreet - Northern Illinois University
Lindsey Wehking - DePaul University - Hostmark Hospitality, Robert J. Cataldo Scholarship
Sylvia Wtorkowski - DePaul University - J. Patrick Leahy Connoisseur Scholarship
Matthew Zyburt - Purdue University - Sage Hospitality Scholarship
Brianna Zyer - Northern Illinois University
Pony Up for the Kids XI
On Thursday, July 13th, IHLA hosted the 11th Annual Pony Up for the Kids fundraising event at Arlington Park Racecourse, benefiting the IHLAEF Scholarship Program. Over 80 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 the raffle winners: Sarah Gregory - Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Lisa Timbo - JW Marriott Chicago, Amber Bertsch - Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, and Paul Apavicius - The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. Paul went home with a $550 win from the 50/50 Cash Raffle! Thank you to all who attended and supported the event and big thanks to event sponsors: Constellation Energy, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Alvarez & Associates, Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport, McHugh Construction, and Nicolay & Dart, LLC. Over $16,000 was raised for the Scholarship Program and deserving Illinois college students pursuing hospitality management degrees throughout the country.


IHLAEF Labor & Employment Law Seminar
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
511 N. Columbus Dr. | Chicago, IL 60611
8:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast | 8:30am - 10:00am Program & Q&A

Join IHLA as we hear from Robert T. Bernstein, Partner at Laner Muchin, Ltd. about new labor and employment laws and developments affecting the hotel industry and best HR practices to reduce employment claims. 
Topics Include: 

1. An Overview of Recent Illinois, Cook County, & Chicago Employment Laws 

-Paid Sick Leave Law

-Minimum Wage Law

-More To Be Announced 


2. How Hospitality Employers Can Minimize Their Risk of Employment Claims 

-Best Hiring, Discipline, Termination, & Investigation Practices & Procedures 

-Effective Documentation 

-Examples of Past Cases

-Updates on Discrimination, Harassment, & Retaliation Law 


All event proceeds benefit the IHLAEF Scholarship Program.
Interested in SPONSORING this seminar?  Contact Karrie Teel for more information.

Hotel ROI - Hotel Profits to the Max
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
71 E. Upper Wacker Dr. | Chicago, IL 60601 | 7:45am - 5:00pm

 Why Attend Hotel ROI?
  • Hear from revenue & operations experts on game-changing ways to positively influence your ROI
  • Network with local developers, investors, owners, & expert consultants to help you maximize profits on your current property OR meet with new prospects to find your next deal
  • Dive deep into the Chicago market plus its surrounding secondary & tertiary markets currently driving demand

Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
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