Meet Chicago Northwest Announced New Staff Appointments

  • Meet Chicago Northwest Announced New Staff Appointments

    POSTED January 10, 2018

Meet Chicago Northwest recently selected Jennifer Needham and Carlos A. Madinya as account executives for the organization.

"We are very excited to have Jennifer and Carlos join our bureau, they are both dynamic sales professionals and we are confident they will contribute to the success of our region,” said Dave Parulo, president of Meet Chicago Northwest.

Needham comes to the role with over 10 years of hospitality experience including roles at The Silversmith Hotel Chicago, The Westin Lombard and Starwood’s Chicago Global Sales Office. She has been named a top seller and earned a “Star of the Industry” nomination from the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association.

Madinya joins Meet Chicago Northwest after holding the position of director of sales and marketing for the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton in Schaumburg. Throughout more than 10 years in the hospitality and marketing industries he has held roles at Hilton, Marriott, and InterContinental Hotel Group. Carlos recently served on the Board of Directors of the Schaumburg  Business Association where he was recognized both as the  “2017 Leader of the Year” and nominated for the “ 2016 Rookie of The Year.”

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