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May 23
McCormick Place

June 21
Mystic Blue -  Navy Pier

July 13  
Arlington Racecourse
Arlington Heights 

August 15
Super Golf Classic
Harborside International 
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Tuckaway Golf Club

November 1
Hyatt Regency O'Hare





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For questions about the StayGreen Program, contact: Karrie Teel.
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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

March was an eventful month starting with IHLA hosting a very successful Lobby Day on March 7th in Springfield. 130 hospitality industry representatives from all over Illinois attended the event, including 56 IHLA members, 33 members from the Illinois Restaurant Association, and 41 members from the Illinois Council of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. The large crowd of hospitality leaders heard from keynote speakers Senate President John Cullerton, New House Tourism Committee Chairman Ann Williams, and a video presentation from Illinois Tourism Director Cory Jobe before lobbying leaders and members of the General Assembly on several key issues affecting the tourism and hospitality industry in Illinois. Everyone was pleased to have Governor Rauner join us and speak at our Legislative Reception. By combining the strength of all three groups, the state legislators heard a strong, unified voice representing all hospitality industry segments from all parts of our state. Thanks to all of our members who supported this important event. 
On March 24th, IHLA hosted our wonderful 29th Annual Hospitality Gala at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. IHLA's 450 hotel industry guests enjoyed terrific food, beverages, and outstanding music from Sway Chicago. Special thanks to Dean Lane and the fantastic staff of the Palmer House Hilton for hosting an extraordinary event to help IHLA celebrate a very successful year for the hotel industry in Illinois.
April is another busy month, kicking off with our GM Breakfast Meeting held on April 4th at the Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites. Keynote speakers included State Senator Kwame Raoul and Cook County Commissioner Jeffrey Tobolski who discussed many political issues at the State, County, and City levels. Thanks to Patrick Filatre for hosting the event. 

On May 17-18, AH&LA will be hosting its annual Legislative Action Summit (LAS) in Washington, D.C. This year, AH&LA 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. 
Finally, IHLA will be hosting our 22nd Annual Hospitality Awards Luncheon on May 23th 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.
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Welcome New Hotel Members 

311 N. Morgan St. |  Chicago, IL 60607
GM: Tim Anctil

50 W. Ashland St. | Morton, IL 61550
GM: Ray Patel 

210 E. Ashland St. |  Morton, IL 61550
GM: Prasad Patel

101 E. Ashland St. |  Morton, IL 61550
GM: Mike Patel 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
East Peoria - Riverfront
1100 Bass Pro Dr. |  East Peoria, IL 61611
GM: Matthew Nash 
128 W. Queenwood Rd. |  Morton, IL 61550

Welcome New Allied Members
Chris Winterhalter | 312-477-0763
Hotel rehabs is a boutique hotel renovation and construction firm with the ability, experience, and expertise to transform large scale hotels in a short time frame with excellent value. A close knit, tightly held firm that prides itself on its strong business relationships and ability to meet customer needs at the highest value. The company is based in Chicago but operates throughout the United States, in areas ranging from New York, NY to Orange County, CA. Hotel Rehabs specializes in major branded hotel renovations and conversions including Hilton, IHG, Marriott/Starwood, and Hyatt branded properties in the Upper Mid-Scale to Luxury spaces. Since 2006, the principals have completed close to 35 hotel construction projects totaling over 4,500 guestrooms throughout the country, with projects ranging from 50 to 500 guestrooms.
Sue Wardzala | 800-528-3135
iResponze partners with hotels by responding to online reviews on their behalf. This collaboration allows staff to focus on what they do best - deliver exceptional guest experiences. Their team of hospitality industry experts monitors and responds to all reviews, in all channels within 24-48 hours, with an authentic and engaging voice. They are committed to strengthening your online reputation with higher rankings, increasing brand loyalty, and promoting social engagement.
Scott W. Nickerson | 708-595-4302,  Jason DaCosta | 331-444-2439
PeopleReady provides the best match of dependable employees when and where you need them by applying their experience and specialized knowledge to improve the productivity of each customer they serve. PeopleReady is part of TrueBlue, Inc., a leading provider of specialized workforce solutions, including staffing, large-volume on-site workforce management, and recruitment process outsourcing to fill full-time positions. Based in Tacoma, WA, TrueBlue serves clients globally and connects as many as 840,000 people to work each year in a wide variety of industries.
Bob Cieslak | 630-376-6565
Exterior facade restoration. Caulking, painting, EIFS/stucco repair, tuck pointing, deck coatings. Weathershield believes that relationships are the most important part of their business. They are advocates for their clients. They help building managers be more efficient, cost conscious, and detail driven through Weathershield's proven solutions and experience.

Exclusive Member Offer from Entertainment Cruises 
Let us show your guests the best side of Chicago...from out on Lake Michigan! Exclusive for IHLA members, we invite your guests to enjoy 15% off* a memorable event on the water. To learn more, please email or call 888-957-2634.
*Certain restrictions apply. Discount available for events of 19 people or more. Cannot be combined with any other offers, or applied to current orders.  

Welcome to the IHLA Team, Emma Cheong 
We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our team, Event & Sales Coordinator, Emma Cheong.  Emma was born in London and moved to Chicago when was she was eight. She grew up in the Northwest suburb of Barrington and graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Women & Gender Studies in 2013. She worked at various hotels throughout college, and after graduation, she took a position at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago O'Hare Rosemont as the Night Manager. After becoming extremely interested in a front line suburban congressional race, she made a shift to political fundraising and event planning in 2014. Since then, she has continued to be an event planner and head fundraiser for several elected officials. She currently lives in the Gold Coast and greatly enjoys staying healthy and active, as she is looking forward to qualifying for her first fitness competition in November. She is excited to be a member of the team at IHLA and looks forward to incorporating her experience in event planning, fundraising, and hospitality into one role.    
An Evening of Amusement at the World's Fair

On March 24th, over 450 friends and leaders of the hospitality industry filled the stunning Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel to celebrate IHLA's 29th Annual Hospitality Gala. Our premier social event offered guests an evening of incredible food and cocktails in three historic ballrooms, dancing to live music with Sway Chicago, a decadent dessert promenade, and networking with the industry's finest. A highlight of the night was the Grand Travel Raffle by Expedia, congratulations to the winner: Rita Obeler.
Special thanks to all those who attended and supported the event including:
  • Dean Lane, IHLA 2017 Chairman, Area GM & Palmer House GM & the entire Palmer House team
  • AV Sponsors: PSAV & PSAV Photographic Services, Rentex, Ver, Fotio Vintage Photos
  • Reception Music & Greeters: Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts & Hospitality Students
  • Jazz Procession & Entertainment: Sway Chicago
  • D├ęcor: Amlings Interior Landscape, Art Below Zero, Classic Chair Covers & Fine Linen
  • Travel Raffle Sponsor: Expedia 
  • Beverage Sponsors: BreakThru Beverage of Illinois, MillerCoors, Red Bull North America, & Wansas Tequila
  • Dessert Promenade Sponsors: Robert Morris University Illinois, The French Pastry School at City Colleges of Chicago, The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute, Royal Cup Coffee & Tea, Chicago Roof Deck & Garden
  • GMedia Wraps & Julie Brown, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • Constellation, Laner Muchin, Ltd.
  • Guest room & auction package donors
  • 2017 Gala Committee



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.

Hotel Industry Leadership (CEO) Panel
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 5th Annual Networking Cruise
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mystic Blue - Navy Pier
3:00pm Boarding | 3:30pm-5:00pm Cruising 
$30 per I-WIL Member 

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

IHLA, in partnership with Illinois Council of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (ICCVB) and the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), hosted 2017 LOBBY DAY on Tuesday, March 7th in Springfield. The 130 attendees from each Association heard from keynote speakers Senate President John Cullerton and House Committee on Tourism, Hospitality & Craft Industries Chairperson, Ann Williams, on state budget issues and other issues affecting the hotel and tourism industry. Attendees also met with Members of the 100th Illinois General Assembly on the critical state issues facing our industry. Over 70 meetings with state leaders and leadership were held. The day concluded with our popular legislative reception attended by Governor Rauner and Members of the Illinois General Assembly.

Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown West Loop Awarded Prestigious LEED Green  Building Certification
Congratulations to Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown West Loop and Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown West Loop, recently awarded the prestigious LEED Green Building Certification! They achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality

Recent #StayGreenSpotlight Article

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 .

Upcoming Programs 

AHLA Complimentary Webinar
Hotel Employees & Sexual Assault: 
What You & Your Employees Should Know
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

1:00pm - 2:00pm CST  



FBICCAAA Seminar: Planning & Preparing for an Active Shooter

(The FBI Chicago Citizens Academy Alumni Association)

April 27 , 2017

Hilton Chicago | Lake Erie Room | 8th Floor

5:30pm - 8:00pm 

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Choose Chicago Hiring Event

April 28, 2017

Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel




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.

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