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Springfield, Missouri, CVB Hires Advertising Sales Assistant
Abby Terhark has joined the staff of the Springfield, Missouri, Convention & Visitors Bureau as advertising sales assistant.
Terhark will assist Jane Rips, partner development manager, with advertising sales; data entry of advertising sales contracts and billing information; phone, e-mail and in-person follow up with advertising clients; updating the client history database; trafficking advertising sales materials to ensure advertisers are properly represented; conducting advertiser benefit seminars; organizing sales promotional materials, etc.
The CVB is a nonprofit marketing agency dedicated to improving the local economy through growth in travel and tourism.
For more information, call 417-881-5300 or 800-678-8767 or visit www.SpringfieldAdventures.com.
Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau Hires New Regional Director of Sales for Chicago Office
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has hired Jamie Heidorn as the new Regional Director of Sales for the CVB’s Chicago Sales Office.
Heidorn, a seven-year veteran of the hospitality industry and Cincinnati native, comes to the Cincinnati CVB from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), where she most recently held the role of Chicago-based Sales Executive, representing the LVCVA to the Chicago meetings market.
“As home to the second-largest association community in the country, Chicago is an extremely important market for the CVB’s sales efforts," said Barrie Perks, Vice President of Sales and Services at the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. It is vital that we continue our strong presence in the Chicago associations market as our region continues to expand our meetings and convention package.”
Prior to her role with the Las Vegas CVA, Heidorn worked in the Cincinnati office of brand consulting and design firm Landor Associates in event planning and hospitality. Having grown up in Fairfield, Ohio, a Cincinnati area suburb, Heidorn is familiar with the dramatic revitalization of the city’s urban core in recent years.
“Jamie’s industry experience, energy, and knowledge of the Cincinnati region make her the perfect fit to lead our Chicago office,” continued Perks. “I am confident that she will be an integral part of our region’s continued success and growth in the hospitality industry.”
The CVB's Chicago office is charged with selling Cincinnati USA as a convention and meeting destination with the objective of attracting overnight meeting business to the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Nearly 2,000 membership organizations are based in Chicago, and these associations control more than $8 billion in meeting and convention expenditures annually.
Matthew MacLaren Joins AH&LA as Senior Vice President, Member Relations
New Executive Staff Promotions at AH&LA, AHLEI
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) announced the appointment of Matthew MacLaren as senior vice president of member relations. In this new role, MacLaren will oversee membership, partner state association relations, allied partnership and legal issues. Additionally, new executive staff changes were also announced at AH&LA and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).
“Matthew is no stranger to our industry and knows well the challenges and opportunities our industry faces,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AH&LA. “His insights and skills will be invaluable as we seek to ensure that our 20,000-strong membership is equipped to deal with the mounting issues we face at the local, state and federal levels.”
MacLaren, who will join the association on November 1, comes to AH&LA from the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association (OH&LA), where he served as president and CEO. In this role, he was responsible for providing strategic direction, management and oversight of all departments. Prior to joining OH&LA, in 2004, MacLaren worked as communications director for the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants.
Additionally, Joori Jeon will take on a new role adding to her current responsibilities as AH&LA’s chief financial officer and president and COO of the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation, now serving as CEO of AH&LA’s Educational Institute (AHLEI). As we face many new challenges in the evolving worlds of education and training, Jeon’s leadership in close collaboration with current AHLEI President Robert Steele, who has been instrumental in growing the organization globally, will provide the strategic direction necessary to execute and evolve the organization’s mission.
Kimberly Miles has also moved up from head of industry relations to the AH&LA executive team as senior vice president, operations. In this new, expanded role, Miles will oversee operations and other member services as well as work alongside Lugar to oversee the association’s strategic plan to ensure the organization is best positioned for the future. She will continue to oversee the management and growth of important industry conferences, meetings and events as well as the development and focus of councils for each segment of AH&LA’s membership, and the future strategic direction of AH&LA’s committees.
“With record membership growth at AH&LA and refocused missions for AHLEI and Foundation, we need to ensure we have the right structure in place to serve and grow our membership and mission,” said Lugar. “I want to congratulate Kimberly and Joori on their much-deserved expanded roles and have every confidence that with their support, we will continue our upward growth and expansion so that we can better serve our members.”
Caitlin Davis Joins the Springfield, Illinois Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired Caitlin Davis as an Account Executive to work on securing convention, meeting and event business for the city in multiple market segments. She previously served as a conference coordinator for Western Illinois University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Master’s degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University.
For more information about the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau visit www.visit-springfieldillinois.com or call 217-789-2360.
Innsbrook Announces Changes to Hospitality Division Leadership
Innsbrook announces Lucy Mitchell as its new Director of Hospitality. Mitchell will be responsible for all facets of Innsbrook’s Hospitality Division including the golf course, Clubhouse Restaurant, Conference Center and Country Market. The Conference Center includes Innsbrook’s corporate meetings, banquets, weddings and vacations businesses.
“I’m very passionate about working the hospitality industry and look forward to bringing my extensive experience in food and beverage and business operations to the Innsbrook team,” said Mitchell.
Lucy will also maintain her current role as President and Principal Partner of Walters Golf Management, with whom she has been with since 1986.
In May of 2013, Mitchell was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Business Women in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal.
Innsbrook also announced Kenny Storie as Director of Food & Beverage and Guest Services. Storie has more than 20 years of hospitality management experience in both operations and sales. He has a wide range of experience in the hospitality industry including country clubs, hotels and convention centers.
“I pride myself in creating excellent experiences for guests, achieving an organization’s greatest potential – both in profitability and service – and developing associates,” said Storie.
Kenny is a past recipient of the Missouri Restaurant Association's Director of the Year Award, presented in appreciation of his leadership and his dedication to the hospitality industry.
New Executive Chef Named at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center has announced the appointment of Sean Patrick Curry as Executive Chef. In his new role, Chef Curry is responsible for menu creation and daily culinary operations at the hotel and its restaurants, Windows and The Grille. Chef Curry aims to revamp the food culture at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, elevating the banquet and catering service and introducing what he refers to as modern farm cuisine.
“Chef Curry brings an exceptional talent to the Hilton team, beginning with an innovative vision and an inspirational work ethic,” said Stefan Mühle, General Manager, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center. “We’re confident he will enhance our guest experience, setting a new standard for dining in Chicagoland.”
As a member of the American Culinary Federation and the Slow Foods Movement, Chef Curry’s farm-to-fork aesthetic focuses on environmentally-friendly practices and sustainability. Point in case, he will look no further than his own backyard for as much produce as possible. In spring 2015, Chef Curry is installing at least 10 beehives throughout the hotel’s 150-acre Audubon-certified Cooperative Sanctuary, home to the 18-hole Championship Willow Creek Golf Club, sprawling willow trees and picturesque lakes. The beehives will not only pollinate a “chef’s garden” that Chef Curry will source vegetables and fruit from, but also provide honey (over 200 pounds per hive) to be used in everything from cheese boards to cookies to cocktails. In addition to beekeeping, Chef Curry will oversee a major renovation to the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center’s restaurant outlets beginning later this year. Besides new architectural and menu design, some of the other concepts under consideration are: a charcuterie counter, a wine bar and reserve cellar, and a wood-fire oven.
“I want Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center to be known as the premier hotel dining destination in the Midwest,” asserted Chef Curry, who will put his first stamp on new original menus this fall. “I aim to play off the Midwestern seasons, utilizing methods of preservation that showcase local flavors and high quality ingredients in abundance.”
Chef Curry brings to Hilton over 20 years of culinary experience, including his most recent post at Marriott Naperville, where he served for four years as Executive Chef. During his cooking tenure, Chef Curry has been decorated with many accolades, ranging from Manager of the Quarter to Living the Vision awards. The Philadelphia native originally studied at the Atlantic City Culinary Academy, where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair. The aspiring young chef then went on to do an apprenticeship at L’Essential in Chambery, France under renowned Executive Chef Michelle Bouvier, of whom which he credits as having the most impact on his career to date.