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Board of Directors

Choose Chicago counts some of the city’s most accomplished professionals among our board members, each committed to promoting Chicago as a premier leisure, meetings, and events destination. In conjunction with the Choose Chicago Executive Office, the Board of Directors serves as a primary source of communication, decision-making, initiative leadership, management, and execution to better serve the Chicago tourism industry.

Board of Directors
Officers

Glenn Eden

Glenn Eden
Board Chair

Executive Vice President, Weber Shandwick Chicago

Marilynn Gardner

Marilynn Gardner
Vice Chair

President & CEO, Navy Pier

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE
Treasurer & Chair of the Finance Committee

President and CEO, Association Forum

Jay Blunk

Jay Blunk
Secretary

Executive Vice President, Chicago Blackhawks

Board of Directors
Board

Jeff Bethke

Jeff Bethke
Chairman

Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA)

Catherine De Orio­

Catherine De Orio­
Executive Director­

Kendall College Trust

Lisa Duarte­

Lisa Duarte­
Partner­

Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres

Rosa Escareno

Rosa Escareno
Commissioner

Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Michael Fassnacht­

Michael Fassnacht­
Chief Marketing Officer for the City of Chicago

Interim President & CEO of World Business Chicago

Richard Gamble

Richard Gamble
Chair of the Nominating Committee

Founder and President, Realized Value Collaborative, LLC

Chevy Humphrey­

Chevy Humphrey­
President & CEO

Museum of Science and Industry

Ayesha Jaco

Ayesha Jaco
Executive Director

West Side United

David Jacobs

David Jacobs
General Manager

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Michael Jacobson

Michael Jacobson
President and CEO

Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association

Art Johnston

Arthur "Art" Johnston
Co-Founder | Co-Owner

Equality Illinois | Sidetrack Bar

Mark Lauer

Mark Lauer
Chair of the General Managers Advisory Committee

General Manager | Sheraton Grand Chicago

Liz Lombardo Stark

Liz Lombardo Stark
Director of Marketing & PR

Gibsons Restaurant Group

Jerry Mickelson

Jerry Mickelson
Chairman and Co-Founder

Jam Productions

Gary Perinar­

Gary Perinar­
Executive Secretary – Treasurer­

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters

Maria Razumich-Zec

Maria Razumich-Zec
Regional Vice President and General Manager

The Peninsula Chicago

Robert Reiter

Robert G. Reiter, Jr.
President

Chicago Federation of Labor

Jamie Rhee

Jamie L. Rhee
Commissioner

Chicago Department of Aviation

James Rondeau

James Rondeau
President & Eloise W. Martin Director

The Art Institute of Chicago

Meg Sahs

Meg Sahs
Owner

Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio

Myrna Salazar

Myrna Salazar
Executive Director

Chicago Latino Theater Alliance

Juan Salgado

Juan Salgado
Chancellor

City Colleges of Chicago

Manuel “Manny” Sanchez

Manuel “Manny” Sanchez
Founding and Managing Partner

Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP

Rebecca Shi­

Rebecca Shi­
Executive Director

American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC)

Alexandra Sims­

Alexandra Sims­
President & Founder

APS & Associates

Michael Strautmanis

Michael Strautmanis
Executive Vice President for Civic Engagement

Obama Foundation

Christie Tarantino-Dean

Christie Tarantino-Dean
CEO

Institute of Food Technologists

Sam Toia

Sam Toia
President & CEO

Illinois Restaurant Association

John Wells

John Wells
General Manager

Hilton Chicago

Nykia Wright

Nykia Wright
Chief Executive Officer

Chicago Sun-Times

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler

Elizabeth "Betsy" Ziegler
CEO

1871/CEC - Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

Board
Ex-Officio

Walter Burnett Jr.

Walter Burnett Jr.
Alderman, 27th Ward

City of Chicago

Larita D. Clark

Larita D. Clark
Chief Executive Officer

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA)

Don Finn

Don Finn
Business Manager, Financial Secretary

I.B.E.W. Local 134

Sylvia Garcia

Sylvia Garcia
Acting Director

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Billy Glunz

Billy Glunz
Regional Director, Government Affairs

American Airlines

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly
Commissioner

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Barbara Laken

Barbara Laken
Regional Sales Director

United Airlines

Rich Levin

Rich Levin
Managing Director, Corporate & Investment Banking­

Bank of America

 

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