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Under 30 Gateway
StayGreen
Educational Foundation
EVENTS CALENDAR

December 5
IHLAEF Holiday Online Auction Closes
 
December 6
ISPA 55th Annual
Awards Banquet
Hyatt Regency 
McCormick Place

December 15
Sheraton Grand Chicago
11:00am Reception 
12:00pm Program & Awards

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REGIONAL PARTNER


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UNDER 30 GATEWAY


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:
AHLA.com/Gateway

Stay Connected in IL:
 
IL-Women in Lodging

 

Not a member of I-WIL yet? Membership is  free 
to any female employed by an IHLA member hotel.

To sign up, visit:

AHLA.com/WIL

STAYGREEN

 

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.
GUEST SERVICE GOLD
 
AHLEI Certified Guest Service Professional Designation (CGSP) Personalized Training

IHLA 2016 OFFICERS

CHAIRMAN
Nabil Moubayed

VICE CHAIRMAN  
Dean Lane 
 
TREASURER  
Tom Robertson 
 
SECRETARY  
Mark Lauer

PRESIDENT & CEO 
Marc Gordon
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jenna Beyers
John Brooke, CHA
Mike Cassidy
Jerry Cataldo
*Mike Cohen    
Brian Cooney, CHA
Kim Corrigan
Paul Daly
Darin Dame, CHA
Doug Dean
*Patrick Donelly
Mike Feigenbaum
Pierre-Louis Giacotto
Stefan Gruvberger
Kirsten Guill
*Bob Habeeb, CHA
Dan Hance
Chris Hansen
Rick Harmon
Patrick Hatton
Stacy Hinrichs
Greg Horeth
Steve Horve
Mark Huntley 
Michelle Irvin, CHA, CFBE 
David Jacobs
Fred Jones
Jerry Keyes
Tony Klok
Dean Lane
Mark Lauer
Damien McArdle
Dale McFarland
Michael McGilligan
Karen McGuigan
Ginny Morrison
Nabil Moubayed, CHA
Dan Naughton
Atul Patel, CPA, CHA
David Prentiss, CHA
Jeff Pritts
Tom Robertson
Jay Rosenthal
Peter Simoncelli
*Lisa Timbo
Tommie L. Van
Raymond Vermolen
*Ron Vlasic
Scott Warren
*John Wells
 
ALLIED DIRECTORS
Jim Buczek
Rich Cialabrini   
Jim Donivan
Rick Simon 
John Tomasiewicz

HONORARY DIRECTORS 
*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
IHLA STAFF

Chicago Office
 
Marc Gordon
President & CEO
MGordon@IllinoisHotels.org
 
Jennifer Chase
Managing Director, Events
JChase@IllinoisHotels.org
 
Susannah Flanner
Director of Membership/ Strategic Partnerships
SFlanner@IllinoisHotels.org

Mark Malayter
Controller
MMalayter@IllinoisHotels.org 

David Miller
Director of IT
DMiller@IllinoisHotels.org
 
Reggie Owens
Office Manager
Owens@IllinoisHotels.org
 
Karrie Teel
Director of Education & Communications
KTeel@IllinoisHotels.org
 
Springfield Office
 
Scott Dahl
Regional Director of Membership
SDahl@IllinoisHotels.org
 
Brenda Jo Jacob
Director of 
Governmental Affairs
BJacob@IllinoisHotels.org
 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Marc
November was a busy month for IHLA starting with IHLA's Nominating Committee meeting on November 3rd to recommend candidates to fill the eight vacancies on IHLA's Board of Directors, three vacancies on the Executive Committee, and the new IHLA Officer for 2017. All of the Nominating Committee's recommendations will be submitted for final approval to IHLA members at the Meeting of Members during the Annual Luncheon that will take place on December 15th at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel.
November also included AH&LA's HX: The Hotel Experience show from November 13th through November 15th. Thanks to Bob Habeeb for representing IHLA and Management Companies at the AH&LA Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings. I also represented IHLA and Partner State Associations as a member of AH&LA's Board of Directors and Executive Committee at the meetings that took place in New York. In addition, I attended AH&LA's Educational Foundation Board of Trustees meeting, the AH&LA HotelPAC Reception and Leadership Dinner, and the Labor Council meeting during the show.
On December 7th, IHLA's Finance/Audit Committee, chaired by Treasurer Tom Robertson, will meet to review and approve IHLA's proposed 2017 Operating Budget, Capital Budget, and Business Plan. After the Committee approves these three items, they will go to the IHLA Executive Committee for review and final approval on behalf of the Board at the Executive Committee meeting on December 15th.
I hope all of our members will join us at our 28th Annual IHLA Membership Luncheon on December 15th at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. In addition to our Annual Meeting in which IHLA Members will vote on the proposed 2017 Officers and Board of Directors, IHLA will recognize all of our regional winners and announce the 2016 Illinois State Stars of the Industry winners in all award categories. Hopefully, we will have several of our Illinois winners go on to win the National Stars of the Industry awards that will be announced in May, 2017, during the AH&LA Legislative Action Summit in Washington, D.C. We look forward to seeing all of our members and celebrating the holidays with them on December 15th. For more event information and to purchase tickets, click HERE .
Warmest wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season,
Marc
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MEMBER NEWS
Welcome New Hotel Members

General Manager: Danielle Nash

2801 Court St. | Pekin, IL 61554
Owner: Atul Patel
 

2011 Formosa Rd. | Troy, IL 62294
General Manager: Greta Stein 


Welcome New Allied Members

Oran Friend  | 217-836-5265
Training hotels, companies, and individuals in CPR, AED, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, and other basic life support that is OSHA approved.



Patty Popp | 630-524-4080
Cloud Managed Services, Integrated Security, Consulting and Professional Services. The LABUSA Cloud Managed Services can be described as the "save time and money IT service". Traditional information technology deployments require you to install and maintain computer software on an individual user's computer. Cloud computing allows for software to be installed in a single location and shared across multiple people. This saves you labor and frustration. LABUSA's strategy is to leverage tested and proven open source technology integrated with the industry best in computing.

STARS OF THE INDUSTRY 2016
2016 Regional #IHLAStarsoftheIndustry Winners 

If you didn't get a chance to check them out last month, take a look at our Regional Stars Winners who will be competing for the State Awards on December 15th at Sheraton Grand Chicago. Find out why they are such an inspiration and so deserving of their recognition!  


READ MORE ABOUT THE WINNERS 
 

Purchase Stars State Awards Holiday Luncheon Tickets HERE
 
#IHLAStarsoftheIndustry
Show off your team & your Stars! Make sure to post photos of your team attending the 12/15 Stars Luncheon on Facebook & Twitter and don't forget the hashtag! #IHLAStarsoftheIndustry 
 
UNDER 30 GATEWAY
Under 30 Gateway Hotel Tour & Social Hour at The Kimpton Gray
 
On November 16th, The Kimpton Gray Hotel hosted our Under 30 Gateway members for a tour of the new, luxurious hotel followed by a reception at Boleo, the Gray's chic South American rooftop restaurant and cocktail lounge. Attendees enjoyed a festive happy hour with live music and savory Latin inspired appetizers. Special thanks to Nabil Moubayed and the entire Kimpton Gray team for hosting this successful event.


Next Event: Under 30 Gateway 8th Anniversary Party
March, 2017
Stay tuned for more details! 
STAYGREEN
 
Recent #StayGreenSpotlight Article
Luxury Travel Magazine: Interview with Ashlan Cousteau, Eco Luxury Expert

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

Annual IHLAEF Holiday Online Auction LAST CHANCE TO BID

 
Don't miss your chance to bid on over 100 unique, exciting, & discounted packages; it's the perfect opportunity to find incredible deals and jumpstart your holiday shopping while supporting a great cause!  This is the Foundation's biggest and best auction yet - There's plenty to choose from including local and vacation destination hotel packages, dining gift cards, sports tickets, unique experiences, designer bags, and more! 

Auction Closes TONIGHT: December 5 at 10pm CST

 

All proceeds benefit the IHLAEF Scholarship Program.
'Tis the season to give while you & others receive!  


DePaul Hospitality School Opens Student Development Center
Congratulations to Depaul University Driehaus College of Business School of Hospitality Leadership on the opening of their new J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development & Engagement! DePaul hosted an opening celebration on November 3rd, and the event brought together over 100 members of the DePaul community and the broader Chicagoland hospitality industry to honor those who have made this exciting new center possible.
 
Equipped with a new physical space, this center will provide personalized progressive career preparation and leadership development strategies to enrolled students and offer greater engagement opportunities with industry leaders and alumni. 

   

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