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Ronald Vlasic, GM of the Hotel Allegro, Named Chicago Hotelier
of the Year by the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
CHICAGO, Nov. 18, 2003 – Ronald L. Vlasic, general manager of the 483-room Hotel Allegro, recently was presented with the prestigious Chicago Hotelier of the Year Award from the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association as part of its annual Stars of the Industry program.  The award recognizes Mr. Vlasic’s achievements, contributions and leadership in the hospitality industry.

In addition to serving as the Hotel Allegro’s general manager, Mr. Vlasic is the director of operations for Chicago hotels for San Francisco-based Kimpton Boutique Hotels.  His transfer in 2001 to the Hotel Allegro returned the Chicagoland area native to his roots and put him in charge of Kimpton’s largest property.

Mr. Vlasic has helped create and launch a number of important programs.   As co-chair of Kimpton’s national Employee Satisfaction committee, he helped introduce a leadership mentoring program for staff earlier this year.  He also created the Hotel Allegro’s unique Lion King Suite as a salute to Disney whose musical is playing next door to the hotel.  In 2000 he co-created a Housekeeping Olympics to promote the talents and team spirit of the housekeeping staff that now involves all Kimpton hotels.

The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association’s Stars of the Industry program is the only state-wide employee recognition program for the hospitality industry, honoring the outstanding talent and performance of employees who go that extra mile to provide extraordinary service.  Mr. Vlasic now advances to the statewide competition for the Illinois Hotelier of the Year title, to be announced Dec. 17.

Located at 171 W. Randolph St. in Chicago, the Hotel Allegro opened March 1998 following an extensive and dramatic $30 million renovation of an existing 1920s building.  Unlike any other hotel in the Chicago area, the ambiance of the Allegro celebrates the city’s rich musical, artistic and theatrical heritage.  Its decor features a mix of the classic and contemporary with preserved elements of the 77-year-old building’s original design and special finishes as well as deluxe, modern furniture, amenities and services.

Kimpton is a San Francisco-based company known for its collection of stylish boutique hotels that are coupled with fine chef-driven restaurants. Founded in 1981, the company currently operates 38 hotels and 39 restaurants across the United States and Canada. Kimpton’s combination of boutique-style, four-star service and an adjacent destination restaurant has proven a great success.

The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, which traces its roots to 1910, is one of the fastest growing state lodging associations in the U.S., with more than 700 members. 

Kathy Rodgers
(312) 751-5503
Also See: Michael A. Miner, Managing Director of the Sheraton Hotel and Towers – Chicago Named Illinois Hotelier of the Year / Dec 2002

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