Author
Heather Larson

Partner Spotlight: Meet Tori Cimack

MEET Tori Cimack, Director of Sales, Sonesta ES Suites Schaumburg Tori Cimack grew up in southeast North Carolina, in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach with her parents and younger brother. She recalls, “In the summer, we'd drive to the beach every weekend and spend all day swimming and body surfing…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Chuck Valenti

General Manager and Meet Chicago Northwest Board Member; Treasurer Chuck Valenti grew up in Wood Dale, Illinois with his twin brother and two older brothers. A son of immigrant parents from Sicily, his parents moved to the northwest suburbs of Chicago at an early age to find work and start a family…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Becca Clark

Director of Sales Hilton Garden Inn Schaumburg Becca Clark graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Business in 2014 with a major in Marketing and certificates in Sales and Social Entrepreneurship. She was taking a Professional Selling class that brought her to a golf outing where she…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Hasan Ali

General Manager of the Westin Chicago Northwest and Meet Chicago Northwest Board Member Hasan Ali grew up in Karachi, a cosmopolitan city in Pakistan. He grew up the only son with six sisters. He finished his first bachelor’s degree from University of Sindh in Business Administration and his second…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Michael Kudrna

Owner of Frato's Culinary Kitchen and Co-Founder of District 214’s Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program Please tell us a little about yourself and how you got into the restaurant business. Since I was a child, I've had an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to problem solve which fueled my craving…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Adriannah Beckham

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET Adriannah Beckham, Owner of SoCo Restaurant Adriannah is the Owner-Operator of SoCo, a new comfort food restaurant located at 812 East Higgins Road in Elk…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Michael Benjamin

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET Michael Benjamin, General Manager at ENTERRIUM Michael grew up in south suburban Oak Lawn and attended Marist High School. He later studied hospitality…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Shirlanne Lemm

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET Shirlanne Lemm, President & CEO, GOA Business Association, Chairman of the Board, Meet Chicago Northwest Shirlanne grew up in Peoria, Illinois and moved to…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Katy Garcia

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET KATY GARCIA of Riccardo’s Restaurant in Schaumburg Katy Garcia moved to Hoffman Estates in the 1970's from Birmingham, Alabama. Her birth was actually…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Gus Diones

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET Gus Diones, Owner of Gus’ Diner in Rolling Meadows Gus Diones grew up in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs and is a graduate of Conant High School in Schaumburg…

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