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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

Lynn J. Osmond

Lynn J. Osmond , Hon. AIA, CAE
Vice Chair & Chair of the Audit Committee

President & CEO, Chicago Architecture Center

Alpana Singh

Alpana Singh
Treasurer & Chair of the Finance Committee

Master Sommelier, Owner of Terra and Vine Restaurant

Melody Spann-Cooper

Melody Spann-Cooper
Secretary

Chairman | CEO, Midway Broadcasting Corporation | WVON, WRLL

Board of Directors
Board

Jay Blunk

Jay Blunk
Executive Vice President

Chicago Blackhawks

Rosa Escareno

Rosa Escareno
Commissioner

Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Richard Gamble

Richard Gamble
Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo

Marilynn Gardner

Marilynn Gardner
President & CEO

Navy Pier

Brett Hart

Brett Hart
President

United Airlines

Jake Henry

Jake Henry
Senior Partner, Global Co-Convener and NA Leader of Pharmaceutical and Medical Products

McKinsey & Company

Marko Iglendza

Marko Iglendza
Founder & CEO

Terminal Getaway Spa

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

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE
President and CEO

Association Forum

Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin
Business Representative

United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 10

Jerry Mickelson

Jerry Mickelson
Chairman and Co-Founder

Jam Productions

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

Nelson C. Rodriguez

Nelson C. Rodriguez
President

Chicago Fire FC

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

Blanca R. Soto

Blanca R. Soto
Executive Director

Little Village Chamber of Commerce

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

Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer
Chair of the Nominating Committee

General Partner | Chicago Ventures

Nykia Wright

Nykia Wright
Interim CEO

Chicago Sun-Times

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler

Elizabeth "Betsy" Ziegler
CEO

1871/CEC - Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

Andrea Zopp

Andrea Zopp
President & CEO

World Business Chicago

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

Billy Glunz

Billy Glunz
Regional Director, Government Affairs

American Airlines

Erin Guthrie

Erin Guthrie
Acting Director

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Amy Hughes

Amy Hughes
Illinois Market Executive | Managing Director

Bank of America Private Bank

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly
Commissioner

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Barbara Laken

Barbara Laken
Regional Sales Director

United Airlines

 

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