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June 21
Mystic Blue -  Navy Pier

June 27 
Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel

July 11
Mystic Blue - Navy Pier

July 13  
for the Kids XI
Arlington Racecourse
Arlington Heights 

August 15
29th Annual




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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

May was a very busy month highlighted by IHLA's Hospitality Awards Luncheon during the National Restaurant Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. Paul Daly, Ginny Morrison, Nabil Moubayed, Tom Robertson, and Al Friedman were all honored at the event. Over 400 hotel industry guests attended this wonderful event that recognized the many contributions to our industry by these worthy recipients. Just prior to the Awards Luncheon, IHLA hosted a very informative hotel industry leadership panel presentation at the NRA Show. Thanks to Panel Moderator Ron Vlasic and panelists Bob Habeeb, Nabil Moubayed, and Biff Hawkey for sharing their industry insights with the large NRA Show audience. 

Also in May, IHLA participated in AH&LA's annual Legislative Action Summit (LAS) in Washington, D.C. on May 17-18.This year, AH&LA joined forces with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AHHOA) to demonstrate a strong voice for the lodging industry on Capitol Hill. IHLA had 18 members who registered for the event along with 5 AHHOA members from Illinois. Our Illinois group heard from several keynote speakers and then met with and educated both of our Illinois Senators and 14 members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation on key issues affecting our industry at the federal level. Thanks to all our IHLA members who joined us and represented Illinois at this national political event during a critical year with a new Administration and Congress. 

June will be another eventful month starting with our General Managers Breakfast Meeting on June 13th hosted by Sara Kearney at NoMI Kitchen in the Park Hyatt Chicago. Our featured speaker during the breakfast will be Tom Tunney, Chicago Alderman of the 44th Ward that includes Wrigley Field. IHLA Member Hotel GM's should confirm your attendance with Emma Cheong by June 7th.

Also in June, IHLA's Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee will begin the process of evaluating all those who have applied for 2017-2018 academic scholarships. The process will conclude with personal interviews of the final candidates on June 29th in IHLA's office. We look forward to awarding approximately $50,000 in 2017-2018 scholarships to deserving students from Illinois who are pursuing hospitality management degrees.

Finally, IHLA is looking forward to hosting our 11th Annual Pony Up for the Kids Fundraiser at Arlington Park Racecourse on July 13th. This event will be a lot of fun and help raise money for IHLA's Educational Foundation Scholarship Program. Click
HERE for more information and to register.

Thanks to all of our members for their continued support.
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Welcome New Strategic Partner 

Noreen Heron | 773-969-5200
Heron Agency is a highly regarded PR, Social Media, and Ad agency that has successfully represented Chicago hotels, and hotels across the country for over 17 years. Their results driven campaigns help drive exposure leading to bottom line results, as they gain media placements, matchmake businesses and organizations to drive sales, and publicize properties to improve SEO.  

Welcome New Regional Partner

ServiceMaster DSI

Jeff Wolfe | 217-528-2878
Disaster Restoration & SRM (ServiceMaster Recovery Management) Large Loss Recovery: Fire Restoration, Water Damage Restoration, and Mold Removal in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. With strategically placed headquarters in Chicago, ServiceMaster DSI operates many command centers to help limit damage with immediate restoration assistance. The company employs experienced, trained professionals with specialized equipment to handle damage and loss of any size. They work closely with insurance agencies to ensure that each restoration project goes smoothly, both physically and financially. Their 24/7/365 emergency services hotline is always answered by a live person, ready to help you repair the damage to your building quickly and efficiently.

Welcome New Allied Member

Mary Agnes Raulston | 312-288-6484
Libbey, based in Toledo, Ohio is the number one glassware company in the Americas and one of the largest tableware suppliers in the world. They design, produce, and market an extensive line of high-quality tableware including glassware, ceramic dinnerware, metal flatware, hollowware, serveware, and home decor items in over 100 countries for the foodservice, retail and B2B markets.
Hilton Chicago Celebrates 90 Years
Congratulations and Happy 90th Anniversary to Hilton Chicago! The hotel celebrated on May 10th with a cocktail reception, a giant cake replica of the hotel, and kind wishes from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Cheers to the next 90 years of success! 

22nd Annual IHLA Hospitality Awards Luncheon   
On May 23rd, IHLA members enjoyed the 22nd Annual Hospitality Awards Luncheon at McCormick Place, in conjunction with the 98th Annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. 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 served as the Master of Ceremonies.
Congratulations 2017 Ambassador of Hospitality Award Winners: 
-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 Dir. of Operations, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
-Tom Robertson,  GM, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile  
Congratulations J. Patrick Leahy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:
Albert M. Friedman,  Chairman & CEO, Friedman Properties

Special Thanks To: 
  • McCormick Place: David Causton, GM | Moira O'Brien, DOS | Dorcas Santiago, Senior Event Manager
  • SAVOR...Chicago: Steve Tamborello, GM | Michael Kingsley, Executive Chef | Rachel Hurley, Catering Sales Manager
  • Breakthru Beverage Illinois, MillerCoors, & PepsiCo 
  • David Epstein, HMR Designs | Elite Chair Covers | PSAV Photographic Services
  • Steve Dolinsky, ABC 7 Chicago's Food Reporter, "The Hungry Hound"
  • Event Co-Chairmen: Peter Simoncelli, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago | John Wells, Hilton Chicago
  • Event Committee: Jerry Cataldo, Patrick Donelly, Mike Feigenbaum, Bob Habeeb, Arnie Karr, Dean Lane, Lisa Timbo, John Tomasiewicz, Ron Vlasic 

Many thanks to all those who attended, we hope to see you there next year!

I-WIL French Pastry School Event
On May 3rd, I-WIL members and hospitality leaders enjoyed an afternoon of networking, decadent French desserts, and an insider's tour of The French Pastry School (FPS) along with a dessert demo. Attendees left with an FPS swag bag that was not short on sugar! 

I-WIL Gives Back for Mother's Day
On May 4, in honor of Mother's Day, I-WIL worked in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department Division of Domestic Violence to assemble baskets of essential items for women and children who are in transitional housing. Big thank you to all who volunteered and donated toiletries and other essentials, the amount of donations was overwhelming. Thank you to The Peninsula Chicago, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, The James Hotels, Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center, Kinzie Hotel, & The Drake Hotel. 

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 Networking Dinner Cruise
Tuesday, July 11, 2017  
Mystic Blue - Navy Pier
5:30pm VIP Dockside Reception | 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. Tickets include access to an exclusive VIP Dockside party, dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, dancing, and games. 

Illinois Hoteliers in Washington, D.C. for AH&LA's LAS
On May 17th and 18th, a large contingency of IHLA member hoteliers along with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AHHOA) joined nearly 500 hoteliers from across the country in Washington, D.C. for AH&LA's Legislative Action Summit (LAS). LAS provided a great opportunity to hear from Congressional leaders in D.C. and to meet with the Illinois Congressional Delegation.
The featured speakers updated us on the political climate in D.C. and offered their perspectives on the status of some key issues facing our country and industry. The featured speakers also provided some great advocacy tools to use when meeting with Members of Congress to brief them on our issues.
Meetings were scheduled with Senators from Illinois and 14 Congressman. During our meetings, we not only briefed them on the important economic contribution of the hotel and tourism industry, but we asked for their support on three key issues:
  1. Co-sponsor the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H. R. 620) which would provide a "notice and cure" provision that would give small business owners time to address an ADA violation before any legal proceedings can move forward
  2. See more transparency from Airbnb and other short-term renal companies regarding the prevalence of commercial activity on their platforms
  3. Co-sponsor the Stop Online Booking Scams Act, which would protect consumers from online hotel booking scams by prohibiting websites from pretending to be the hotel and requiring these websites to prominently display that information
Thanks to our members who joined us in representing Illinois at this national political event and demonstrated a strong voice for the lodging industry on Capitol Hill. 


Constellation Webinar for Energy Buyers
2017 Energy Market Outlook
Wednesday, June 21| 1:00 pm CDT

Topics Include:
  • Updated Summer Outlook: Could a weak El Nino lead to a hotter summer?
  • Current Supply & Demand: How fundamentals have been supporting NYMEX above $3/MMBtu since April and what role new demand drivers are playing.
  • The Shale Revolution: The tectonic shift in the global hydrocarbons trade and shifting global energy demand. What could this mean for your business.

Purchasing Your Power through the IHLA Energy Program
You have options for how you buy, manage, and use your energy supply. Do you know what having other pricing options and strategies means for your bottom line? Does your price include broker fees? Read Constellation's energy purchasing article to learn more about your choices for purchasing your energy. If you're interested in having a Constellation representative talk with you about your opportunities, visit
Carbon-Free Electricity Plans & EFECs
This is a pivotal time for energy - future energy demands must be met with less impact on our climate and with minimal burden on the nation's economy. Take action toward environmental and climate change goals by supporting the production of electric power from generation sources that do not directly emit greenhouse gases from combustion. By purchasing carbon-free electricity from Constellation, your business realizes the value associated with power generated from Exelon's CO2 emissions-free nuclear generation fleet. You may be familiar with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), which are created to represent the renewable attributes of each MWh of electricity generated by a renewable source. Emission-Free Energy Certificates (EFECs) similarly are created to represent the emission-free attributes of generating sources, such as nuclear, that do not directly emit greenhouse gases from combustion. LEARN MORE

Recent #StayGreenSpotlight Article

Hospitality Hires Chicago
The latest numbers for Hospitality Hires Chicago are in, and we are proud to announce that the event attracted 573 job-seekers, 138 conditional offers were made, 185 second interviews were offered, and 58 hires were made. To learn more, take a look at the video shot by Columbia College's Columbia Chronicle. 

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.

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.

Thank You Event Sponsors 

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