Hospitality Young Professionals


IHLA's Hospitality Young Professionals (HYP, formerly Under 30 Gateway) program addresses the personal and professional needs of young hospitality professionals who are passionate about their careers and our industry. Benefits and resources are inspired by the American Hotel & Lodging Association Under 30 Council. Through events, resources, and networking, HYP members build strategic relationships, get top-level industry insight, and stand out from the crowd.

Why join and be involved in HYP? It's is a great way to:

•    Refine your leadership abilities
•    Enhance your personal skills
•    Develop business relationships
•    Build lasting friendships
•    Contribute to our community

Are you... a young professional under the age of 40 and employed at an IHLA member hotel? Then you need to connect with other young professionals of HYP!



Paloma Pina
Director of Front Office
LondonHouse Chicago
Marissa Pomerantz
Sales Manager
Kimpton Hotel Allegro
Laura Knights
Sales & Marking Coordinator
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago – Magnificent Mile
Alyssa Poniatowski
Corporate Senior Marketing Manager
White Lodging
Nidhi Sunderam
Complex Marketing Manager Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile & DoubleTree Magnificent Mile
Kennedie Carlson
Talent & Culture Manager
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Aimee Gaspari
Group Sales Manager
theWit Hotel Chicago – A DoubleTree by Hilton
James McHenry
Sales Manager
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Alina Neiburg
Assistant Front Office Manager
Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
Amanda Hewson
Human Resources Manager
Mady Carlson
Talent & Culture Manager
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park





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