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20 minutes in 2020

20 minutes in 2020 (EP12) with Tom Dreesen

May 12th, 2020 | hereschicago

Hosted by Jim Grillo, CMP, President, Hereschicago.com Tom Dreesen has appeared countless times in Las Vegas, Tahoe, Reno and Atlantic City with artists like Smokey Robinson, Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole and Sammy Davis, Jr. Tom has acted in numerous television…

20 minutes in 2020

20 minutes in 2020 (EP11) with Christopher Bell of Mediatainment

May 6th, 2020 | hereschicago

Hosted by Jim Grillo, CMP, President, Hereschicago.com Christopher Bell has been involved in the corporate entertainment business since 1984 when he started customizing his magic tricks into sales and marketing performances at tradeshows, sales meetings and corporate awards shows. He…

20 minutes in 2020

20 minutes in 2020 (EP9) with Special Events Planner Michael Embrey

April 15th, 2020 | hereschicago

Michael Embrey is a former college Band Director and music educator. His background includes entertainment, show productions, special events, and international travel. He has produced shows for Fortune 500 companies including doing Half-times for 7 NFL teams including the Chicago…

20 minutes in 2020

20 Minutes in 2020 (EP5) with Stephanie Leese Emrich, CGSP on Customer Service

April 10th, 2020 | hereschicago

Hosted by: Jim Grillo, CMP, President of Hereschicago.com Stephanie Leese Emrich bio: Stephanie Leese Emrich, CGSP CEO / Founder, ServiceSpeaks Stephanie.ServiceSpeaks@gmail.com  312-988-7755 ServiceSpeaks motivates and educates businesses + individuals toward Service Excellence. Customer Experience keynote speaking, learning & development &…

20 minutes in 2020

20 minutes in 2020 (EP3) with Vandana Walia on Virtual Weddings

April 10th, 2020 | hereschicago

Vandana walia is the founder of Vchilli Group – one of the only South Asian woman owned Event planning and production companies in Chicago .Vchilli is a boutique event management company that not only plans and produces events across all…

20 minutes in 2020

20 minutes in 2020 (EP2 with Jeff Durocher on Virtual Team Building Events)

April 7th, 2020 | hereschicago

Release: 4/7/20 Jim Grillo, CMP, President of Hereschicago.com hosts a brand new series called 20 MINUTES IN 2020. It’s a quick 20 minute interview with event planners, meeting planners and hospitality professional suppliers and service providers.  WE’RE SEEKING event & hospitality professionals…

20 minutes in 2020

20 minutes in 2020 (EP1 with Murrel Karsh on Virtual Team Building Events)

April 6th, 2020 | hereschicago

Release: 4/6/2020 Jim Grillo, CMP, President of Hereschicago.com hosts a brand new series called 20 MINUTES IN 2020. It’s a quick 20 minute interview with event planners, meeting planners and hospitality professional suppliers and service providers.  WE’RE SEEKING event &…

John Potterton

Career Advancement Tips with John Potterton

February 14th, 2020 | hereschicago

Feb 13, 2020  Career Advancement Tips  Improving Your LinkedIn Profile Whether you are actively seeking employment, casually looking to change jobs or working in a job that gives you great satisfaction, having a LinkedIn profile that clearly demonstrates your competencies,…

John Potterton

Career Advancement Tips by John Potterton

January 3rd, 2020 | hereschicago

With the advent of a New Year and the dawn of a New Decade, many of us are busy making resolutions and setting goals – everything from losing weight, getting into shape, learning new skills and advancing our careers. Whatever…

Gail Orfanos CMP

Event Planner Spotlight with Gail Orfanos, CMP

October 17th, 2019 | hereschicago

How did you get into meeting & event planning?  In 2008, after twenty years in various corporate roles, I felt it was time for a career change, and with a Corporate background in Supply Chain Management, it was a natural…

Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago

The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel History

August 8th, 2019 | hereschicago

The Roaring Twenties, a booming metropolis and a $3,000,000 architectural masterpiece––for certain, it was history in the making. The Knickerbocker Hotel, then named the Davis Hotel after the original General Manager, opened its doors to anticipating Chicagoans on Monday, May…

Ryan Campbell AFR Furniture

Ryan Campbell, Chicago Hospitality Professional of the Month (August 2019)

August 7th, 2019 | hereschicago

Tell us your current position, company and describe what you do? I work for AFR Furniture Rental as the Chicago and Milwaukee Account Executive.  I work with venues, planners, designers, and companies to incorporate unique lounge furniture and strategic design…

Jim Grillo CMP Chicago Certified Meeting Professional

What do meeting and event planners want from you?

June 28th, 2019 | hereschicago

What do meeting and event planners want? I have worked alongside meeting and event planners for over 20 years and have multiple meeting and event planner friends and colleagues.  I have been in the hospitality industry all of my life…

Tania Paez Lucky Strike Social

Tania Paez, Hospitality Professional of the Month (June 2019)

June 13th, 2019 | hereschicago

Tell us your current position, company and describe what you do? I’m the Area Director of Sales for Lucky Strike Social… I just sell Fun.  Best job ever! What aspects of hospitality do you incorporate in your business today?  We…

Linda Whitlock

Linda Whitlock, Hospitality Professional of the Month (May 2019)

May 30th, 2019 | hereschicago

Can you tell us your current position, company and describe what you do? My name is Linda Whitlock and I am President/Co-Owner of Corporate Event Interactive.  I oversee business operations for CEI. What aspects of hospitality do you incorporate in…

Micayla Diener CMP CSEP

Event Planner Spotlight with Micayla Diener, CMP, CSEP

April 29th, 2019 | hereschicago

How did you get into meeting & event planning? What were some of the hurdles you experienced? I actually “fell” into the events industry 11+ years ago. My talented mother is an established Association and Non Profit Planner in the…

Lauren Cali

Lauren Cali, Hospitality Professional of the Month (March 2019)

March 20th, 2019 | hereschicago

First and foremost, can you tell us your current position, company and describe what you do? I am the Communications Manager at SOGO Marketing. SOGO Marketing helps to promote brands and events in the hospitality industry. I work with clients…


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