SITE Chicago

We learn. We laugh. We make lasting connections.

2020 Excellence in Young Leaders Award
2020 Excellence in Special Events Award

Recover, Rebuild, Rejuvenate, and Reward

"As a member of SITE Chicago since 2012 the most important aspect for me are the relationships I have built within our community of incentive professionals. SITE’s educational events are tailored to our specific industry and bring tremendous value to everyone in attendance whether you are a hotelier, DMC, 3rd party or gifting company.  The events hosted by SITE offer amazing networking opportunities all while gaining valuable knowledge and in most cases are giving back to the community in some way." - Karen Suttle, Manager, Corporate Gifts Central, Maui Jim Sunglasses & Zeal Optics  

SITE Chicago_Lorraine Bellas

2021 and Beyond

Taking the mantle as the incoming 2021 President for SITE Chicago is exciting and I know we are all cautiously optimistic now that the World is starting to open up. I look forward to the fresh start and new possibilities of 2021 and to meeting you all.

Your SITE Chicago Board of Directors have been reimagining all of our Educational and Networking opportunities this year. Some events we are bringing back, like our award-winning Holly Trolley, and we have some brand new ideas as well! We are in the process of creating a new Ambassador Program so that we can be more inclusive of our Members in neighboring states to the North: Wisconsin and Michigan. Also, SITE Chicago is hitting the road in the Fall, bringing our team and sponsors to the Greater area! We are anxiously looking forward to the Networking and fun that we all have been missing! 

Thank you for your commitment and participation in SITE Chicago! I will do my very best to support you all and I thank you for the opportunity!

Lorraine Bellas
President of SITE Chicago

Why SITE Chicago?

“At the beginning of 2020, I was lucky enough to take back the Midwest market after a few years away from it.  SITE Chicago was one of the first places I turned to help me get reintegrated into this market,  and they did not let me down.  Whether it was at the Holly Trolley event or at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), it just felt like a ‘soft landing’ with a terrific network of people…people who were there to both enjoy each other’s company and to build a successful network for all.  I was especially touched by SITE Chicago when I was furloughed for 8 months of 2020.  No less than three times did someone reach out to me just to make sure I was doing okay, and that is something I will not forget.  That felt like a true community to me that I wanted to be a part of.  So when I was lucky enough to go back to work in January, and with very tight budgets, the renewal fee to SITE was one of the first things I fought for.  With limited ways to engage with our clients and partners these days, I knew SITE would be an invaluable resource…not just for the connections and potential engagement channels, but also for the supportive network they provide in this wild world we are all living in." Nicole Trottier, Director of Group Sales, Leading Hotels of the World

What Can You Expect as a Member?

"When joining SDI Meetings & Incentives, one of my first priorities was becoming a member of SITE and the Chicago chapter to quickly immerse myself in the heart of our industry and connect to a network of professionals who are committed to excellence in the work we do.  Whether new to the conversation or a veteran taking a victory lap, there is space and opportunity in this organization for ever incentive professional, and I value the resources, time and energy that each member contributes.  

Especially over the last year, the camaraderie and support through educational events, networking opportunities and some fun experiences make the challenges of the job that much easier and the successes that muck sweeter, to be able to share along the way with friends and peers who get it.  We cheer for each other while competing, and we support each other when it matters most – that’s what membership in SITE Chicago means.

Looking back, I’m grateful to be part of this community, and looking forward, I’m eager to see how we collectively adapt and take incentive travel to the next level, ensuing it remains a valuable and powerful tool for our clients." - Craig Dooley, President, SDI Travel

2021 Board of Directors

Meet the People Behind SITE Chicago

Member at Large

Colleen Brzozowski

Hospitality Professional, Independent - Interested in New Opportunities

Chicago, United States

Rose Hippert

Account Manager, Creative Group, Inc.

Schaumburg, United States

Justin McCray

Director of National Accounts, 1 Hotel South Beach

Miami Beach, United States

Director of Media

Marcella Zuniga

Director of Sales, The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue

New York , United States

Bonnie Coop

Senior Producer , Total Event Resources

Chicago, United States

Alex Bakalis

Partnerships & Events Manager, Coyote Logistics

Chicago, United States

SITE Chicago - Dir. of Finance

Diane Murray

President, Options4Meetings,LLC

Arlington Heights, United States

Director of Membership

Lisa Crolius

Senior Sales Executive, Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa

Ponte Vedra Beach, United States

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What Are Our Events Like?

"SITE Chicago has been an open and inviting forum for incentive professionals in the Midwest. They have hosted fun and engaging networking events along with providing the resources of SITE global. During the pandemic they have continued to deliver. The virtual Holly Trolley proved to be a fun and engaging event even though we could not do it in person. They have deomonstrated that we can still derive benefit from meeting and developing relationships during the most difficult of times for our industry. I look forward to future events and opportunities to connect with this vibrant chapter, whether it is in person or over Zoom!" - Sandi Daniel, President & CEO, FIRE Light Group

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