Meet Chicago Northwest Announces Staff Appointments

SCHAUMBURG – Meet Chicago Northwest, the official destination marketing organization for the northwest suburbs of Chicago, has selected Amy Walgren as its new Partnerships and Services Manager and Mark Bickler as one of its new Business Account Managers.

Walgren has decades of experience marketing travel destinations and their top attractions. She began her career as a Marketing Manager at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Since then, Walgren has held senior marketing positions at the Legoland Discovery Center, Medieval Times and Brookfield Zoo. She has a proven track record in formulating new marketing and communication strategies to generate awareness and increase revenue.

As Head of Partnerships and Services, Walgren will maintain positive relationships with regional partners by communicating marketing opportunities to partners to promote their local businesses. She will also represent the Office at local events, industry conferences, local colleges, community and civic organizations.

Bickler brings over three decades of successful trade show and convention experience, having previously worked with McCormick Place, Choose Chicago and Freeman. It has a proven history of cultivating facility relationships and maintaining them. Mark has received numerous awards for his outstanding performance in sales and customer service.

Working closely with our Northwest Chicago hoteliers and other stakeholders, Bickler will focus on bringing new meetings and conventions to the region, especially those with major economic impact while maintaining operations. existing. In this role, he will also participate in dozens of trade shows and sales missions nationwide.

“We are thrilled to welcome Amy and Mark to the Meet Chicago Northwest team,” said Heather Larson, President and CEO of Meet Chicago Northwest. “We are confident that their years of leadership in the hospitality and travel industry will build momentum and help showcase all that Chicago’s northwest suburbs have to offer.”

Walgren has two adult children and enjoys visiting nearby attractions, spending time on the Lake Michigan waterfront, and traveling.

Born and raised in Chicago and now living in Lake Forest, Bickler and his fiancée, Adrienne, share their passion for the trade show and convention industry. In his spare time, Bickler enjoys riding motorcycles, cooking, listening to live music, spending time with their five children and the occasional cigar.