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April 07 2015

Chicagoland’s North American Meetings Industry Day Four Star Awards Nominees Announced


Chicagoland’s North American Meetings Industry Day

Four Star Awards Nominees Announced

Chicagoland Celebrates North American Meetings Industry Day and Four Star Award Winners April 16, 2015

Chicago, IL, April 7, 2015 — PCMA, PCMA Education Foundation, Choose Chicago, Chicago Area Chapter of MPI, Midwestern Chapter of IAEE and the Greater Midwest Chapter of PCMA will be celebrating the Meetings Industry and Chicagoland’s Four Star Award heroes at the Meetings Mean Business first annual North American Meetings Industry Day [NAMID] on April 16, 2015. The organizations and their industry colleagues will gather at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, 8:30am-10:00am, for the awards program, emceed by the WGN broadcast celebrity Bob Sirott.

The event is designed to bring a national spotlight to the substantial value derived from business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions by connecting people and driving positive business results throughout the continent.

The Chicagoland Four Star Award Nominee finalist are:

Most Attentive Hotelier (the Chicagoland Hotelier who takes service to the next level)

  • Joe Aguilera, General Manager, Langham Hotel Chicago
  • Patrick Donelly, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Chicago
  • Ken Price, Director of Public Relations and Hotel Historian, Palmer House Hilton

Best Industry Advocate (the Meetings or Trade show Executive who assists in elevating the industry)

  • Jim Grillo, CMP, President, Here's Chicago
  • Susan Katz, Director of Corporate Events & Travel, True Value Inc.
  • John Patronski, Executive Vice President - Industry Development, Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Four Star Service Award (the Convention/Event Services Professional who has saved the day)

  • Sean Cannon, Owner, Event Creative
  • Karen Giobbia, Chef Concierge, Park Hyatt Chicago
  • Cindy Payne, Director, Client Services, Choose Chicago

Most Tasteful Restaurateur (the Restaurateur who exemplifies hospitality and is a positive representative of the local culinary scene)

  • Terry Alexander, Managing Partner/Owner, One Off Hospitality Group
  • John Colletti, Managing Partner, Gibson's Restaurant Group
  • Dino Northway, sales Manager, Potbelly's

Positive Footprint Award (the corporation or association whose event or meeting gave back to the local community)

  • Phil Brandl, CEO, International Housewares Association
  • Susan Katz, Director of Corporate Events & Travel, True Value Inc.
  • Michelle Stauff , Million Dollar Round Table and the MDRT Foundation

The Chicagoland Four Star Award nominations were submitted by local meeting professionals. Nomination finalists were selected by the event sponsors based on the submissions. The ultimate award winner, chosen by our sponsor judges, will be announced at the April 16 event.

Meeting industry professionals and supporters can register to attend the Chicagoland Four Star Awards here.

Visit NAMID at http://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/NAMIDwto learn more about events happening throughout North America on April 16, 2015. Follow and participate in the digital conversations at @MeetingsMeanBiz on Twitter and by using the hashtags #MMBusiness and #NAMID15. Download the MMB app, available on iPhones and Android devices, to access industry resources and to stay updated on NAMID activity.  

About Meetings Mean Business

The Meetings Mean Business coalition was created in 2009 to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face meeting and events industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities. For more information, visit www.MeetingsMeanBusiness.com and download our app on iTunes and Google Play



Professional Convention Management
Contact: Carolyn Clark
Direct: 312.423.7271, E-mail: cclark@pcma.org


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