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Roy Patel Named Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Roy Patel, 51, General Manager of the Best Western Midway Airport of Burbank, was recently named Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau. He succeeds John Thompson, Economic Development Director for the City of Markham.

Patel will serve a two-year term as Chairperson for the 30-member Board of Directors that oversees the Chicago Southland CVB. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2000, and in the past has served as Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer. Patel has been involved in the hospitality industry in the Chicago Southland for the last 16 years and owns and manages several hotel properties in the Chicago Southland.

Roy Patel will be a strong leader for the CVBs Board of Directors, said Jim Garrett, CDME, President/CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB. Roy has tremendous experience in the hospitality industry, and he will continue to lead us to draw more visitors to the first-rate attractions and hotels in the Chicago Southland. We look forward to working closely with Roy as our Board Chairperson over the next two years.

Its a great honor to be elected as the new Chairperson, and I look forward to working with Jim, the staff of the Chicago Southland CVB, and the other Board Members, said Chairperson Roy Patel. Working together, we will continue to promote the 62 communities of the Chicago Southland as a top leisure and business travel destination. This team effort will in turn help drive economic development in the region for many years to come.

During the Chicago Southland CVBs May Board of Directors Meeting, Board Members also elected the Executive Board which will begin their two year term on July 1, 2012.

"Dave Newquist, Community Development Director of the City of Oak Forest, was elected Vice-Chairperson of the Board. Newquist has served on the CVB Board of Directors since 2000. "Daniel Fitzgerald, Director of Sales & Marketing at Holiday Inn Hotel & Tinley Park Convention Center, was elected Secretary of the Board. Fitzgerald has served on the CVB Board of Directors since 2010. "Aemish Patel, General Manager at the Holiday Inn Express Chicago South Lansing, was elected Treasurer of the Board. Patel has served on the CVB Board of Directors since 2011. "John Thompson, Director of Economic Development for the City of Markham, will serve as the Past Chairperson. Thompson has served on the CVB Board of Directors since 1999.

John Daly, Village Administrator for the Village of Orland Hills, is stepping down after 10 years of service on the Executive Board in a variety of leadership positions including Past Chairperson. Daly will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.


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