W Chicago - City Center

3.6 (10 reviews)

172 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL, 60603-3604, United States   •  Weather:    •   Local Time:     •  Phone: (312) 332-1200   •  Hotel Reservations: 888-627-8280

3.6

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.

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Chelsey French, SALES MANAGER, CATERING

Passion Point: I love the Nebraska Cornhuskers. During football season, you can find me 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 attend 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 at a seasonal resort, as well as a few catering companies. Chelsey became a member of the Meeting & Events team at W Chicago City Center in the fall of 2013, and moved into her current role as Catering Sales Manager in the spring of 2016.

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Jill Natale, Meeting & Events Manager

Jill's Passion: I love going out and trying the cuisine at different restaurants! Then I enjoy taking some of their ideas to emulate in my own kitchen!

Jill’s journey in the hospitality industry began shortly after she graduated from Mercyhurst 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 as Meeting and Events Manager.

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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 KATZ, 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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BRITTANY CARTER, COMPLEX ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, CATERING

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. She is now a Complex Account Director.

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KATIE MURPHY, ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, BUSINESS TRAVEL SALES

KATIE’S PASSION: 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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FRANCESCA BAGLIERI, SOCIAL CATERING MANAGER

FRANCESCA’S PASSION: I LOVE THE THEATER. SINCE I WAS YOUNG NOTHING HAS MADE ME HAPPIER THAN ENJOYING A NIGHT AT THEATER. I AM SO LUCKY TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE I CAN ENJOY EVERYTHING FROM A SECOND CITY SKETCH TO A BROADWAY CALIBER PRODUCTION OF HAMILTON!

Francesca Baglieri graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in Communication Media.  Francesca has always wanted to work in events. After college she began her hospitality career at W Chicago Lakeshore as a Welcome agent. She then joined the catering team at W Chicago Lakeshore as the Catering and Events Coordinator. Currently she has been promoted to the Social Catering Manager at W Chicago City Center.

RICK NICKLE, COMPLEX DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING

Rick’s Passion: Spending time with my wife and children… preferably on a ski hill… with a great band playing at the base of the mountain!

Rick Nickle graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, minoring as well, in Philosophy.  He started his hospitality career with Starwood Hotels and Resorts as a banquet bartender and server and over the course of 21 years held several positions including: Banquets, Security, Welcome Desk, Meeting and Event Manager, Business Travel, Group Sales, Citywide Sales, Global Account Director, Director of Group Sales and Director of Sales and Marketing.  Rick lives, sleeps and breathes hospitality.  He has worked for Westin O’Hare, W Hotels of Chicago, Starwood Corporate Office and the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare.  Rick’s approach to leading his team is unique with an “extreme” approach to building/ maintaining relationships and rolling up his sleeves and diving in wherever needed.

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CHRISSY NERI, COMPLEX DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS TRAVEL SALES

CHRISSY’S PASSION: Quality time with family. Every Sunday I am lucky enough to sit down for a big Italian dinner with my entire family. No better way to spend a Sunday.

Chrissy Neri graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business specializing in Sales & Marketing.  She started her hospitality career with Hyatt and over the course of 6 years held several positions including: Business Travel, Group Sales and Director of Revenue.  She joined Starwood in 2008 as the Business Travel Sales Manager at Westin Michigan Avenue and was promoted in 2013 as the Director of Business Travel at The Westin O’Hare and most recently took on the role of Complex Director of Business Travel Sales for W Hotels of Chicago in early 2015.

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BROOKE WEIDMAN, COMPLEX ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, GROUP SALES

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.

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.

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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DILLON ELKIN, COMPLEX GROUP SALES MANAGER

DILLON'S PASSION: It’s truly a toss-up between traveling and sports, and I try to combine the two any opportunity I get. I like to always have a “next trip” in the books – whether its hitting the road to see the Chicago Cubs play or crossing off a bucket-list adventure (hiking the Inca Trail is next!) Of course, earning frequent flier miles is always preferred.

Dillon Elkin graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, where he earned a degree in Hospitality Management. While in school, he kicked off his career as a Concierge for MGM Resorts International and as Chef Concierge at Station Casinos’ Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resorts. After moving back home to Chicago, Dillon got his start with Starwood in 2012, joining W Hotels of Chicago, taking on Sales Coordinator and Business Travel, Sales Specialist positions during the course of three years. Following a stint on the launch team of The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago, where he settled into a Director of Business Travel role, Dillon has returned to W Hotels of Chicago as a Complex Group Sales Manager. 

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