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Hospitality Advisory Board

More than Mentorship
Our students, faculty, staff and curriculum benefit greatly from the involvement of professionals on our Advisory Board. These hospitality industry stars work closely with our faculty to focus our curriculum to reflect the latest industry trends and topics. In addition, our Advisory Board further impacts the professional development of students by providing networking and internship opportunities.

We thank these Advisory Board members for their dedication:

Christine Andrews
VP, Human Resources, Hostmark Hospitality Group
John Buchanan
President Lettuce Entertain You Consulting Group
Faye Brooks
Deputy Director of Meetings and Travel Dept., American Bar Association
Jerry Cataldo
Executive Vice President of Development, Hostmark Hospitality Group
Merrick Dresnin
Vice President & Human Resources, Rivers Casino
Mike Feigenbaum
General Manager, The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
Isla Flanagan
Executive Director, Sustainability, The University of Chicago
Jeff Forkenbrock
US Foods
Scott Graff
President, BCD M&I
Mark Eble
Vice President, PKF Consulting
Denise Flanders
General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
Marc Gordon
President & CEO, Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
Robert Habeeb
President, First Hospitality Group
Armon Haagen
Director of Sales and Marketing, Q Center
Lyn Kruger
President, Siebel Institute of Technology
Bill Kubiak
General Manager, Freeman
Jim Horan
Chief Executive Officer, Blue Plate Catering
Arnie Karr
President Emeritus, HERLA/ Karr & Associates
Susan Katz
Director of Corporate Events & Travel, True Value Company
Kevin Kline
Vice President, Harrah's Horseshoe Casino, Hammond
Suzy Lenet
The Lightbulb - VP for Innovation, Levy Restaurants
Jack Luft
Hall's Rental
Kevin Mallory
Sr.Mng.Director US Practice, CB Richard Ellis
Jonathan McCabe
General Manager & COO, Union League Club of Chicago
Russ Melaragni
VP, Labor Relations, North American Operations, Global Hyatt Corporation
Russell Menkes
General Manager, The Drake Hotel (Hilton)
Laurie Miller
Principal, Anderson/Miller, Ltd.
Ginny Morrison
VP of Sales & Marketing, Lane Hospitality
David Neff
Perkins Coie LLP
Nabil Moubayed
General Manager, Kimpton Hotel Palomar
Cindy Noble
Vice President of Human Resources, Levy Restaurants
Doris Parker-Groosman
President of Chief Advisors, Creative Hospitality Investment Consulting
Matt Phillips
Principal, Phillips + Co. Inc.
Michael Romano
Director of Food and Beverage, East Bank Club
Nate Sahn
Director, CB Richard Ellis Hotels
Marc Sallette
Founder and CEO, DQI USA, LLC
Stephanie Treccia
Vice President, Northern Trust
Jami Uher
Senior Market Manager, Chicago, Expedia Lodging Partner Services
Deborah Sexton
President and CEO, PCMA
David Sowell
General Manager, The Sutton Place Hotel
Brad Weaber
Executive VP, Event Services, SmithBucklin Corporation
Mark Staublin
Sr. VP Business Development, Garret Brands LLC
Ron Swidler
CMO, Ulla Darni, Inc.
Susan Wasylik
Director Emeritus, Hospitality Academy at McCormick Place
Jeffrey Weinstein
Editor-in-Chief, HOTELS Magazine
Maria Zec
Vice President and General Manager, The Peninsula Hotel Chicago
Don Welsh
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