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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Partner Spotlight: Meet Ted Boufis

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Ted Boufis, Owner of Local Bar and Grill in Wood Dale Ted grew up in the restaurant business. His parents, along with his aunts and uncles, owned a family…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Carmie Antongiovanni

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Carmie Antongiovanni, General Manager, Aloft Chicago Schaumburg in Rolling Meadows Carmie grew up in Melrose Park with her five siblings and her parents who…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Grace Goudie

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET GRACE GOUDIE, Executive Chef at Scratchboard Kitchen Chef Grace grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago as the youngest of five siblings. She attended the…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Joe Podlasek

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET JOE PODLASEK, Founder and CEO of Trickster Cultural Center Joe Podlasek got his start in the not-for-profit world as a systems engineer at the Chicago…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Alex Hilton

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Alex Hilton, Co-Founder, Juice & Berry - Meet Chicago Northwest Board Member Alex grew up in Lombard where she met her high school sweetheart, Paris - cue…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Chip Brooks

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Chip Brooks, Owner, Hey Nonny - Meet Chicago Northwest Incoming Board Member Growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Chip Brooks was exposed to that town’s active…

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