Marketing Leaders Luncheon Series: Lori Healey, CEO, The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

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Session Topic

Note: Due to a sudden scheduling conflict, Lori Healey, CEO of the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, will be replacing Choose Chicago CEO Don Welsh at our March 10th Luncheon.

Joining Ms. Healey on stage for a rapid fire session will be Choose Chicago's SVP of Marketing and Cultural Tourism Melissa Cherry, and BMA Board Member Michael Krauss, President, Market Strategy Group, as host and moderator of the discussion.

Chicago is one of only three U.S. cities to welcome more than 50 million visitors annually. In 2015, Chicago set new records; strategy, marketing research, setting revenue and marketing goals at its best.

Explore a rare inside look of the marketing and leadership strategy with two of Chicago’s dynamic industry leaders who will provide critical insight into how Chicago is being marketed as a business and leisure travel destination to the regional, national, and international markets. Lori and Melissa will highlight how Chicago’s meetings and convention industry and large-scale events contribute to Chicago's goal of welcoming 55 million visitors to Chicago by 2020. 

About the Speaker

Ms. Healey is Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), owner of McCormick Place, the nation’s largest convention center and Navy Pier, Illinois top-visited tourist destination and the 1,258 room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. The Authority’s activities generate approximately $10 billion annually into the economy and supports approximately 66,000 jobs.

Prior to joining the MPEA, Ms. Healey served as the Chief Executive Officer of Tur Partners LLC (“Tur”). Tur, a firm founded by Chicago’s former Mayor Richard M. Daley, partners with leaders and innovators to drive growth within global urban markets. Ms. Healey also served as Principal in Charge of the Development Group for the John Buck Company, focused on growing the firm’s private real estate and infrastructure related transactions.

Ms. Healey, has previously served as CEO of Tur Partners, a partnership of leaders and innovators to drive business growth, Principal in Charge of the John Buck Development Group, and Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Chicago.

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Begins:Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 11:00am
Ends:Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 1:30pm

The Standard Club
320 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604


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