SITE Chicago

Proudly Serving Illinois, Michigan & Wisconsin

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

2022 Goals: Framework, Expand, Innovate

"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  

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2022 and Beyond

It is my honor to be serving as SITE Chicago’s President for 2022. This year is sure to be exciting yet challenging as we look towards our industry’s full revival. I look forward to the opportunities this year will bring and to meeting you all at our events.

Your SITE Chicago Board of Directors are geared up and ready for a year of connection with our members. We will be bringing back some of our traditional events such as the 8th Annual Holly Trolley, 2nd Annual Roadshow, and our Young Leaders Mentor/Mentee program. In 2021 we had the privilege of expanding our chapter footprint to include not only Illinois but Wisconsin and Michigan, so this year brings new networking and educational events in all three destinations.

​My goal this year is to continue building a strong member chapter, focus on ways to engage further audiences, and innovate for the future. The board and committees are very passionate about our strategic goals this year and are ready to put on a show, I hope you have an opportunity to see what we have to offer.

​Cheers to 2022, thank you for your commitment to SITE Chicago!

Rose Hippert, CIS, CITP
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

2021 Board of Directors

Meet the People Behind SITE Chicago

President

Rose Hippert

Program Manager, Creative Group, Inc.

Schaumburg, United States

SITE Chicago Past President President

Lorraine Bellas

Regional Meetings & Incentive Sales Manager, Sandals & Beaches Resorts

Miami, United States

Director of Education & 2023 President Elect

Bonnie Coop

Senior Producer , Total Event Resources

Chicago, United States

Director of Events

Alex Bakalis

Partnerships & Events Manager, Coyote Logistics

Chicago, United States

Co-Chair Sponsorship Committee - SITE Chicago

Nancy McFadyen

Director, Group Sales, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau

Chicago, United States

Co-Chair Sponsorship Committee

Patti Elliott, CIS

Director Group & Incentive Sales, Mandarin Oriental Canouan

Sugar Grove, United States

Director of Membership

Lisa Crolius

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

Ponte Vedra Beach, United States

Director of Finance

Diane Murray, CMP, CIS, CITP

President, Options4Meetings,LLC

Arlington Heights, United States

Chicago BOD member

Craig Dooley

President, SDI Meetings & Incentives

Chicago, United States

Director of Young Leaders

Celeste Kelley

Sourcing Manager, Creative Group

Chicago, United States

WI Ambassador

Amie Devine

Director of Global Events, the Hybrid Group

Mequon, United States

Board Member

Amy Young

President, Destination Consultants

Grand Rapids, United States

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

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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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