Portfolio Hotels & Resorts has recently taken over management of Oak Brook Hills Resort property in Oak Brook, IL. The new management team is working to optimize use of the IACC certified meeting and event space through exclusive meeting breakout sessions, enhanced community engagement and interactive programming.
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa recently announced Amber Hejduk as the new sales manager for the resort located in Galena, Ill.
As sales manager, Hejduk is responsible for all aspects of sales for the resort including the 63 holes on four award-winning golf courses, accommodations that range from inn rooms to more than 200 villas and distinctive homes, over 15,000 square feet of meeting space, award-winning restaurants, and spa.
The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau’s welcomed newest addition Karen Jewell as sales manager.
In her new role, she will be working on procuring convention, meeting and event business for Springfield in the auto, medical, government association, arts and culture and environmental markets.
Jewell moves forward in her career, supported by years of experience as a tradeshow producer and a sales manager at the Crown Plaza Hotel, in addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
The Residence Inn Chicago Wilmette has opened as the newest Marriott franchise, managed by White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Ind.
CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, announced that it has appointed Jamie Trumble as director of sales for Homewood Suites by Hilton Lincolnshire in Lincolnshire, Illinois.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Jamie to our hotel and to CSM Lodging," said Shannon Rychlik, general manager. "She comes to us with impressive experience and sales leadership credentials, and with important knowledge of our marketplace."
Hampton Hotels announced the opening of its newest property in DeKalb, Illinois. The 80-room hotel, owned by DeKalb Hotel Group, is the first Hampton property in the city and the 36th in Illinois.
"Hampton combines quality, innovation, comfort and plenty of value-added extras, making it the brand of choice in the marketplace today," said Michelle Glosser, general manager of Hampton Inn- DeKalb. "Quality accommodations and amenities combined with proactive, friendly service from our team members -all backed by the 100% Hampton Guarantee- makes us highly competitive in the area."
The Springfield CVB is happy to announce two new hires to their marketing division.
Kristen Chenoweth was named the new digital marketing manager. Chenoweth will be responsible for the CVB’s social media marketing, website, and the SCVB customer relationship management system. Chenoweth came to the Springfield CVB from working in higher education and the pharmaceutical medical supply field.
Billie Limacher, president of Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park, recently received the Illinois Office of Tourism’s Lincoln Award for her diligent efforts to promote Joliet tourism.
"We are honored to have a great woman and passionate promoter like Billie Limacher representing our Corridor," said Bob Navarro, Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO. "Billie’s role in bringing visitors to downtown Joliet could not be more valuable to our community as the events attract tourists to the great region."’
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum complex, in downtown Springfield, has opened an exhibition of sets, costumes, and props from Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film Lincoln called "Lincoln: History to Hollywood."
White Lodging Services recently announced the 135-room Hilton Garden Inn Naperville/Warrenville completed its renovation in early December.
The hotel now features elements of Project Grow, a major brand revitalization initiative that includes upgrades to the property’s communal spaces including the lobby and the guest reception area. Guests will see tailored color schemes, lobby bars and updated floor and tile work.