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W Chicago - City Center
172 West Adams Street · ChicagoIllinois60603-3604 · United States 
Phone:
(312) 332-1200
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5:34 PM
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MEET OUR TEAM

W Chicago City Center aims to redefine meetings and events with effortless style and gracious attitude that ensures a truly unforgettable experience. Scroll down to meet our energetic sales and convention teams that are excited to work with you and provide the service you need to make your event remarkable.

 

Chelsey Watson, Meeting & Event Manager

Passion Point: She loves the Nebraska Cornhuskers. During football season, you can find Chelsey tuning into College GameDay every Saturday morning. Go big red!

Chelsey graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor’s Degree in business. At the time, she had the passion to open her own restaurant and followed that path to attended culinary school in St. Louis. After graduating with a degree in culinary arts, she helped execute a restaurant opening as assistant to the head chef. Even though Chelsey’s experience stems from the restaurant industry, she did find herself working many summers with a seasonal resort, as well as a few catering companies throughout her journey. Chelsey has been a member of the Meeting & Events team at W Chicago City Center since the fall of 2013. 

 

Jill Natale, Meeting & Events Manager

Fun Fact: Jill earned a NCAA Division II rowing championship while at Mercyhurst College

Jill’s journey in the hospitality industry began shortly after she graduated from Meryhurst College in Erie, PA. Following graduation she found herself planting new roots in Chicago, gaining experience working at various properties throughout the city. In 2012 Jill joined the B&F team at the W City Center with a focus on banquets and events. Her passion for events is what lead her to her current role at the property, a Meeting and Events Manager.

 

KATI KAUP, COMPLEX DIRECTOR OF GROUP SALES

KATI’S PASSION: I HAVE A GREAT DESIRE TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE. WHETHER IN MY JOB OR PERSONALLY OUTSIDE OF WORK, I LOVE BEING ABLE TO SIT DOWN WITH A CUP OF COFFEE AND GET TO KNOW SOMEBODY ON A DEEPER LEVEL AND SHARE STORIES. I LOVE LEARNING FROM OTHERS, WHETHER ABOUT TRAVEL, THEIR HERITAGE, OR LIFE EXPERIENCES.

Kati holds a degree in Communications with a minor in Meetings and Destination Management from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.  Upon graduating, Kati moved to Chicago to pursue a career in hotels working as an intern for the Hiltons of Chicago.  Over the next five years, Kati worked her way up to Senior Sales Manager for Hilton and then accepted a job with Starwood, working for the W Hotels of Chicago.  In 2013, Kati was promoted to Account Director handling key accounts and most recently, stepped into the role of Complex Director of Group Sales.

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MARNIE SALKOVITCH, COMPLEX ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

MARNIE’S PASSION: PLANNING IS A BIG PASSION OF MINE. I AM SUCH A PLANNER WHETHER I AM PLANNING A TRIP FOR MYSELF OR OTHERS, A FUN BIRTHDAY DINNER, OR A DAY FULL OF ACTIVITIES IN CHICAGO. I LOVE EXECUTING A PLAN AND THE INSTANT GRATIFICATION THAT I GET FROM WATCHING OTHERS ENJOY IT!

Marnie is from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She moved to Chicago shortly after to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. She has been a part of the W Hotels of Chicago for nearly 6 years and began as a Sales & Marketing Coordinator. She then worked as a Group Sales Manager for 4 years and is now an Account Director handling key accounts for both properties. She loves the hospitality industry because she enjoys meeting new people, building relationships, and traveling.

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ERWIN PADERANGA, MEETING & EVENT MANAGER

ERWIN'S PASSION: I'M VERY LOYAL TO THE W BRAND AND THE THREE PASSION POINTS, I MAKE IT A POINT TO STAY AT A W WHEREVER MY TRAVELS TAKE ME. MY FAVORITE COUNTRIES? SOUTH KOREA, ITALY, HONG KONG SAR, AND THAILAND.

Erwin is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Chicago native.  He spent five years in Seoul, South Korea teaching English to public middle and high school students before returning to Chicago to begin his career with Starwood in 2013.  He started as a Welcome Desk Agent at W Chicago City Center and then joined the Catering and Event Management team at W Chicago Lakeshore as a Sales and Event Coordinator in late 2014.  He then was promoted to his current role in November of 2015.

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STEPHANIE WEISMAN, GROUP SALES MANAGER

STEPHANIE’S PASSION: I LOVE HOT YOGA + EXPLORING CHICAGO’S VAST CULINARY SCENE; NAMASTE AND BON APPETITE!

Stephanie Weisman graduated from the University of Iowa with a Communication Studies degree and a minor in Journalism. She has been a part of the Starwood Family for the almost 8 years starting with our hotels at the  Westin Chicago-North Shore. Fast forward to W Hotels of Chicago where she is now a Complex Group Sales Manager. Stephanie has worked with key corporate accounts and more recently she specializes in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Medical Education and Medical Association Markets.

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DEVON STRAND, MEETING + EVENT MANAGER

DEVON'S PASSION: I’M A HUGE MOVIE BUFF. I STUDIED FILM IN SCHOOL, I DID A BRIEF STINT IN WEST HOLLYWOOD, AND I STILL ADD TO MY GROWING (YET SLIGHTLY ANTIQUATED) DVD COLLECTION. THERE’S A MAGIC TO CINEMA THAT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME.

Devon is a graduate of Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and currently works as a Meeting + Event Manager at W Chicago-Lakeshore. She transitioned to the hospitality world in the fall of 2014 after having previously worked as a Wedding Coordinator. Now, her two worlds have collided as Devon plans and executes mostly corporate, with occasional social, events at the hotel. With clients, third parties and every hotel department coming together, it certainly takes a village, and Devon is lucky to have such a strong team in W Lakeshore.

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BRITTANY CARTER, COMPLEX CATERING SALES MANAGER

BRITTANY'S PASSION: I LOVE ANY ACTIVITY THAT HAS TO DO WITH BEING ON THE WATER; BOATING, SALOM SKIING, ETC. IT’S MY HAPPY PLACE!

Brittney Carter graduated from Indiana University with a Business Degree and a Marketing concentration. She has been a part of the Starwood Family for the past 9 years and started her career within hotels at W City Center as a Welcome Desk Agent. She then was promoted to a coordinator role at the Sheraton O’Hare, progressed to be a Meeting and Event Manager,  then came back down town to W Lakeshore as a Meeting and Event Manager. After a few years, she became a Complex Catering Sales Manager handling large impactful accounts for both W properties in Chicago.

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KATIE MURPHY, COMPLEX BUSINESS TRAVEL SALES MANAGER

KATIE’S PASSIONS: CONNECTING WITH AND LEARNING FROM OTHERS, TRAVELING, AND ANYTHING HAVING TO DO MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY!

Katie holds a degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University’s Broad School of Business. She grew up in Michigan, and upon graduating she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to pursue her career in sales and hotel management. There she worked in group sales for 3 luxury downtown hotels under Marcus Hotels & Resorts. Katie moved to Chicago in 2013 to join the Starwood Family and begin her journey with W Hotels. As Complex Business Travel Sales Manager, Katie enjoys managing relationships with corporate partners and bringing the W Brand to life through fashion, music, and design. Recently, Katie joined the board of the Chicago Business Travel Association and is a Co-Chair for the Publicity Committee.

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DANIELLE JOHANSSON, COMPLEX GROUP SALES MANAGER

DANIELLE'S PASSION: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE INTERIOR DESIGN. I AM ALL ABOUT THE DÉCOR AND AMBIANCE OF A SPACE AND BELIEVE IT CHANGES THE MOOD. FROM MY OFFICE, TO APARTMENT, WHEREVER I CAN ADD SMALL TOUCHES THAT SPEAK TO MY STYLE, I DO. THIS IS ALSO A REASON I AM SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THE W BRAND. EACH W LOCATION HAS A DESIGN NARRATIVE THAT SPEAKS TO IT'S LOCATION AND VIBE AND I THINK THAT IS SO EXCITING!

Danielle graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at the Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She started her hospitality career with Starwood at The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Chandler, AZ where she was an Executive Meeting Specialist and Conference Coordinator. After Danielle moved back to her hometown of Chicago, she joined W Hotels of Chicago in 2013. Prior to Sales, Danielle was a Meeting and Event Manager at W Lakeshore.

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AMANDA SWEETMAN, COMPLEX GROUP SALES MANAGER

AMANDA'S PASSION: SINCE ORIGINALLY GOING TO SCHOOL TO DESIGN WEDDING DRESSES, I HAVE TO SAY FASHION & DESIGN IS WHAT SPEAKS TO ME! WHETHER IT IS DESIGNING CLOTHES AND MAKING THEM IN MY SPARE TIME OR REALLY ANYTHING THAT I CAN CREATE ON MY OWN FROM START TO FINISH.

Amanda started her career in hospitality after graduating from the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a focus in Fashion Marketing & Management. Amanda has been with W Hotels of Chicago for 5 years, starting with her experience in operations and later as a Meeting & Event Manager who handled all the ins and outs of multiple programs on property. She takes her experience and applies that towards her current role to guide groups to the best fit for their programs.

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LORYN MEISCH, COMPLEX GROUP SALES MANAGER

LORYN’S PASSION: I LOVE TO TRAVEL. THERE IS NOTHING MORE FULFILLING THAN EXPLORING NEW AND EXCITING PLACES WHILE CREATING LASTING MEMORIES. “THE WORLD IS A BOOK AND THOSE WHO DO NOT TRAVEL READ ONLY ONE PAGE”

Loryn Meisch graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.  She started her hospitality career with Marriott as a Sales Coordinator and was quickly promoted to Sales Manager where she represented 10 different hotels throughout the Midwest Region.  After two years with Marriott, she accepted a role with Starwood as a Complex Group Sales Manager for the W Hotels of Chicago handling several accounts for both W properties in Chicago. 

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BROOKE WEIDMAN, COMPLEX GROUP SALES MANAGER

BROOKE'S PASSION: I ENJOY TRAVELING! MY FAVORITE WAY TO EXPLORE DIFFERENT CULTURES IS BY EATING AND DRINKING LIKE THE LOCALS. AS MUCH AS I ENJOY TRAVELING, CHICAGO HAS ALWAYS BEEN “MY KIND OF TOWN”!

Brooke graduated from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Tourism Management.  She began her hospitality career by being part of the magic at Walt Disney World.  She went on to “manage the floor” as Banquet Manager at Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort before joining the sales team for 4 years. Brooke then accepted the roll as Senior Sales Manager to open Chicago Marriott Naperville.  After 3 years with Marriott, she moved into the Starwood world by joining W Hotels of Chicago.  Brooke has broadened her appreciation for music, film and art while working closely with the entertainment market at W.  She is also an active member of MPI, Chicago Area Chapter, as Co-Chair for the Education Programs Committee.

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