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Q&A: David Almond, ALHI’s Regional Midwest VP

After previously serving as director of sales and marketing for InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, David Almond took on a new role as regional vice president – Midwest U.S. and Canada for Associated Luxury Hotels International this spring. After about six months on the job, he took time to talk with Illinois Meetings + Events about his transition and his thoughts on the meetings industry for 2019.

Meet Sheila Lakhani Gilani, Lakhani Hospitality

If the walls could talk at the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Niles, it would tell the incredible story of the family behind Lakhani Hospitality that owns and operates a small portfolio of hotels in the Chicagoland area. Chief Operating Officer Sheila Lakhani Gilani proudly tells the story of her father, Mansoorali, who left his home in Pakistan at the young age of 19 with just a few dollars in his pocket.

Meet Alpana Singh, The Early Bird

Alpana Singh knew she wanted to be in the restaurant business since she was a little girl. Growing up in Monterey, California, her father was a professional chef, and her mother, a server. “Truth be told, I don’t know how to do anything else. It’s in my blood,” she says. At the age of 15, she was working in her first restaurant; by 23, she had remarkably landed a sommelier position at Chicago’s four-star gem Everest; and by 26, she became the youngest female to ever pass the Master Sommelier Exam. 

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