• Oak Brook Hills Resort Hires Three New Employees

    POSTED February 3, 2014

Oak Brook Hills Resort recently appointed Carol Buckantz as executive chef, where she will oversee all food and beverage operations for the resort, including their five restaurants. Buckantz plans to incorporate more farm-to-table menu items, a weekly Farmers Market to the property, and culinary classes and team building sessions for organizations.

"Under Executive Chef Carol, this property will continue to delight and impress the community, guests and event planners while bringing back many of the treasured traditions Oak Brook Hills Resort has been known for in its rich history," said Dennis Marcinik, director of operations for Oak Brook Hills Resort.

Buckantz comes to the resort with more than 20 years of know-how in the culinary industry including experience as executive chef for hospitality and food companies, restaurants, and was an owner of her own business, Moveable Gourmet. She joins Oak Brook Hills Resort after serving as corporate executive chef at Quantum Foods.

The resort additionally added Mara Xenos as the new director of conference services and Norman Wong as banquet manager.

Xenos, who joins Oak Brook Hills after serving as director of conference planning at the Q Center in St. Charles, will now oversee all planning and catering arrangements within the resort, including corporate events, weddings and social celebrations. She began her career as catering and conferences services manager at the Sheraton Chicago, moved on to Anderson Worldwide as conference planning supervisor and spent eight years at Eaglewood Resort & Spa, where she most recently served as director of conference services.

Wong brings with him more than 20 years of experience in hospitality companies and restaurants including serving as banquet manager with J.W. Marriott, Chicago and as catering manager at Wolfgang Puck. In his years since graduating from DeVry University, Illinois, he has also held positions with Fairmont, Intercontinental and Renaissance Hotels. 

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom. 


Anchorage is a city like none other—making it a popular choice for hosting meetings and events.

Through the tall windows of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, meeting attendees can gaze out toward Cook Inlet, which stretches all the way to the Gulf of Alaska and toward mountains—some snow-capped—representing several ranges. They may even see an eagle fly by or see one of the 1,500 moose that are said to roam Alaska’s largest city. It’s easy to see why it’s said that Anchorage is a city like none other in the United States.


In early March, Meeting Professionals International released a statement regarding the invasion of Ukraine: 

“In a show of support for the people of Ukraine, MPI will immediately suspend business with all companies in Russia. In addition, any plans to formalize a chapter in Russia will be paused….We remain concerned for the well-being of our community and our MPI members in Russia and Ukraine who were already seeking to climb out of the shadow of this pandemic and are now experiencing these unprecedented challenges.”