Lounge Around EACVB’s Social Lounge at Martini Room

Social_LoungeOn Wednesday, July 23 from 6-8pm, the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to get social at the Elgin Area Social Lounge – #TasteMR event at Martini Room, 161 E. Chicago Street in downtown Elgin.

In addition to taking part in a variety of social-media-based challenges and trivia questions for cool prizes, loungers will also be able to take flight with Martini Room’s newest round of Martini Flights for the month of July for only $13.

RSVP on Facebook now or for a list of some of the Social Lounge’s social media challenges, visit the Elgin Area CVB Experience blog. A complete list of social media challenges will be announced that night. Be sure to live tweet/gram your lounging around experience using hashtag #TasteMR.

EYPN Professional Development Series Speaker Profiles

cropped-eypn1.jpgOn Tuesday, June 10 from 6-7pm at Al’s Cafe, 43 DuPage Court, Elgin Young Professionals Network’s Professional Development Series for young professionals and community members continues with its latest seminar entitled, “The Benefits of Being Part of a Board”. Guest speakers are Kimberly Bless, President/CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Denise Barreto, Managing Partner – Relationships Matter Now!

Below is a profile of our two guest speakers:

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About Kimberly Bless, President/CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Chair of ICCVB for 5 years, currently Legislative Chair and co-chair for the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism, Kimberly Bless chaired the Chicago and Beyond Regional Tourism Development Office for three years. Current Board Member for the Northwest Executives Club of Chicago. Member of the Illinois Delegation for the 2016 Olympic Bid Committee. Past Board Member for the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. Past Executive Committee and Community Advisory Board for Roosevelt University. Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2020 Northwest. Board of Directors for the Greater Woodfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. Board of Directors for the Northern Kane County Workforce Development Board. Board of Directors and Secretary for Northern Illinois Business PAC. Contributing Writer for The Business Ledger newspaper. recipient of the Today’s Young Professional Award and recipient of the Professional Women in Business Award.

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About Denise Barreto, Managing Partner – Relationships Matter Now!

Denise W. Barreto is a dynamic marketing leader who has spent all her career building relationships with consumers on behalf of brands such as US Soccer Federation, AT&T, Miller Brewing Company, the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team, United Airlines, Pella Windows and Doors and Sears Holdings Corporation. Her over 19 years experience analyzing consumer data and using it to build actionable marketing campaigns to mobilize and engage consumers and internal corporate audiences alike, make her uniquely qualified to lead Relationships Matter Now.

Denise is an expert in the art of influence. As a life-long marketer and political junkie, she has studied consumer and human behavior and specializes in ways to motivate towards goals while simultaneously adding value to their lives. With her down-to-earth personality and laid-back style, she quickly connects with audiences to help them absorb her messages.

The event is free and open to the public so please RSVP by e-mailing Krisilee Murphy at kmurphy@northernfoxrivervalley.com and be sure to join us on Tuesday, June 10 for this unique learning opportunity.

Professional Development Series: The Benefits of Being Part of a Board

cropped-eypn1.jpgThis June, Elgin Young Professionals Network continues its Professional Development Series for young professionals and community members with its newest seminar entitled, “The Benefits of Being Part of a Board.”

The session takes place on Tuesday, June 10 from 6:00-7:00pm at Al’s Cafe, 43 DuPage Court in Elgin. The event is free and open to the public. (Feel free to dine or grab a drink during the session!)

Our guest speakers are Kimberly Bless, President/CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Denise Barreto, Managing Partner – Relationships Matter Now, who will explain the skills necessary to be a successful board member and the benefits and responsibilities of such roles. Active board members are critical to the organizations they serve and the skills they develop can further their own careers.

Please RSVP via our Facebook event page.

EYPN’s quarterly Professional Development Series will enable our members, and the public, to learn about important topics relevant to young professionals or learn valuable skill sets from a wide array of seasoned pros. Future sessions will take place in September and November of 2014.

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About Kimberly Bless, President/CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Chair of ICCVB for 5 years, currently Legislative Chair and co-chair for the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism, Kimberly Bless chaired the Chicago and Beyond Regional Tourism Development Office for three years. Current Board Member for the Northwest Executives Club of Chicago. Member of the Illinois Delegation for the 2016 Olympic Bid Committee. Past Board Member for the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. Past Executive Committee and Community Advisory Board for Roosevelt University. Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2020 Northwest. Board of Directors for the Greater Woodfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. Board of Directors for the Northern Kane County Workforce Development Board. Board of Directors and Secretary for Northern Illinois Business PAC. Contributing Writer for The Business Ledger newspaper. recipient of the Today’s Young Professional Award and recipient of the Professional Women in Business Award.

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About Denise Barreto, Managing Partner – Relationships Matter Now!

Denise W. Barreto is a dynamic marketing leader who has spent all her career building relationships with consumers on behalf of brands such as US Soccer Federation, AT&T, Miller Brewing Company, the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team, United Airlines, Pella Windows and Doors and Sears Holdings Corporation. Her over 19 years experience analyzing consumer data and using it to build actionable marketing campaigns to mobilize and engage consumers and internal corporate audiences alike, make her uniquely qualified to lead Relationships Matter Now.

Denise is an expert in the art of influence. As a life-long marketer and political junkie, she has studied consumer and human behavior and specializes in ways to motivate towards goals while simultaneously adding value to their lives. With her down-to-earth personality and laid-back style, she quickly connects with audiences to help them absorb her messages.

EYPN’s Hardekopf Receives Young Professional Friend of Tourism Award

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EYPN Board President Becky Hardekopf with EACVB Director of Marketing and EYPN Board VP Krisilee Murphy.

Congratulations to Grand Victoria Foundation Program Manager and EYPN Board President Becky Hardekopf, who received “The Young Professional” Friend of Tourism Award at the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon on Monday, May 5 at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

Becky was chosen for her exempliary efforts as a brand ambassador for Elgin thru the EACVB’s #ResidentRec program, which encourages visitors to rave about and share the positives of local restaurants, bars and other tourist attractions in the Elgin area thru social media.

The 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon event was attended by nearly 100 guests and local dignitaries and helped kick-off National Travel and Tourism Week in the Elgin Area.

The Elgin Young Professionals Network congratulates our fearless leader, Becky Hardekopf, on receiving this well-deserved honor.

Reserve Your Seats for EACVB Tourism Luncheon

image_eacvblogoKick-off National Travel & Tourism Week with the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon, which takes place Monday, May 5 from 11am-1pm at the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue, Elgin.

Guest speakers will include Jen Hoelzle, Director, Illinois Office of Tourism, as well as Mayors from the Elgin Area. A delicious lunch will also be provided by Grand Victoria Casino.

As a new addition to this year’s event, the CVB will recognize individuals for their leadership by presenting the Friends of Tourism Awards. EYPN’s Board President, Becky Hardekopf, will be among the award recipients receiving the “The Young Professional” Friend of Tourism Award.

Individual tickets are $40 and tables of 8 are $310.

To reserve your seats for the 7th Annual EACVB Tourism Luncheon, CLICK HERE!

EYPN’s Krisilee Murphy Finalist for 2014 Elgin Image Awards

EYPN1 (4)Congratulations to Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Marketing and Elgin Young Professionals Network board Vice President, Krisilee Murphy, on her nomination for the City of Elgin’s 2014 Image Awards.

EVENT DATE CHANGE: The annual event, which takes place Thursday, March 27 at 6pm at The Centre of Elgin’s Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way, recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have had a positive impact on the Elgin community.

For her outstanding work in promoting tourism in the Elgin area, Murphy was named a 30-Under-30 Ambassador last year by Destination Marketing Association International. She also serves as chair of Market Illinois, a high profile niche marketing committee of the Illinois Office of Tourism. In 2012, she received the YWCA Elgin’s Marguerite Henry Award for Communications at the annual Leader Luncheon.

A complete list of Elgin Image Award nominees is available on the City of Elgin’s website. All nominees will be recognized and winners will be awarded at the event. The event is open to all; please rsvp to (847) 931-5598. For more information or questions regarding the Image Awards contact Barb Keselica, Special Events and Community Engagement Manager, at 847-531-7056 or by email at Keselica_b@cityofelgin.org.