|CHICAGO (Jan. 10, 2006) – Thomas J. Mathes, general manager of the
award-winning Hotel Burnham, has been elected to the board of directors
of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association. He joins fellow
industry executives in helping guide the overall mission and direction
of the association.
Mathes brings to the board years of luxury hospitality industry experience.
Prior to becoming the Hotel Burnham’s general manager, he held senior management
positions the 483-room Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph, and the 192-room
Hotel Monaco Chicago, 225 N. Wabash. A proponent of giving back to
the community, Mathes arranged for the Hotel Burnham to adopt William H.
Carter Elementary School on the city’s South Side. He has hosted
Take Your Child to Work Day events, served as Principal for a Day and supported
the Dressed for Success chapter in Chicago.
With more than 450 members, the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
is the 5th largest state lodging association in the United States.
IHLA provides operations, technical, educational, marketing and communications
services, plus government affairs representation, to the state’s lodging
The award-winning Hotel Burnham is located at One West Washington.
This beautiful 122-room, European-style hotel resides in an historic, living
landmark developed in 1895 that is the first direct predecessor to Chicago’s
modern skyscrapers. The hotel combines a passionate architectural
style with a flair for contemporary luxury.