• Oak Brook Hills Resort Welcomes New Team Members

    POSTED February 24, 2014

Oak Brook Hills Resort, a Chicago resort known for events and golf, announced the hire of new executive chef, Carol Buckantz, as well as conference services and banquet team members. 

"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 Marcinilk, director of operations for Oak Brook Hills Resort.

The Johnson & Wales University graduate comes to Oak Brook Hills with over 13 years of experience in leadership and executive chef positions around the country. In her new role, Buckantz will oversee all food and beverage operations including events, conferences and the destination's five restaurants. She has plans to incorporate more farm-to-table menu items, to bring a Farmers Market to the property every week this summer, and to offer group culinary classes and team building sessions for organizations. 

Buckantz joins Oak Brook Hills Resort along with Mara Xenos, the new director of conference services and Normon Wongnew, the new banquet manager. Xenos will oversee all planning and catering arrangements within the resort, including corporate events, weddings and social celebrations. Wong comes to the position with more than 20 years of experience in highly respected hospitality companies in restaurants including his latest term with J.W. Marriott, Chicago. 

The new team members have a total of over 73 years of experience in their respective fields, and are excited to continue leading hospitality services at Oak Brook Hills Resort. 

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.”