Founded in 1973, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is comprised of 2,000+ members and 31 local chapters. SITE Chicago is the largest Chapter in the Midwest USA. Our members are incentive travel professionals who know from experience that incentive travel drives business results. The SITE global member community, which represents 84 countries is on a mission to strengthen and inspire this extraordinary industry.
Learn more about SITE Global here.
SITE Chicago President
Rose Hippert, CIS, CITP
It is my honor to be serving as SITE Chicago’s President for 2022. This year is sure to be exciting yet challenging as we look towards our industry’s full revival. I look forward to the opportunities this year will bring and to meeting you all at our events.
Your SITE Chicago Board of Directors are geared up and ready for a year of connection with our members. We will be bringing back some of our traditional events such as the 8th Annual Holly Trolley, 2nd Annual Roadshow, and our Young Leaders Mentor/Mentee program. In 2021 we had the privilege of expanding our chapter footprint to include not only Illinois but Wisconsin and Michigan, so this year brings new networking and educational events in all three destinations.
My goal this year is to continue building a strong member chapter, focus on ways to engage further audiences, and innovate for the future. The board and committees are very passionate about our strategic goals this year and are ready to put on a show, I hope you have an opportunity to see what we have to offer.
Cheers to 2022, thank you for your commitment to SITE Chicago!
MEET THE BOARD
Celeste Kelley, CITP
Director of Young Leaders
Amie Devine, CMP
Director of Events
The Hybrid Group
Lorraine Bellas, CIS, CITP
Immediate Past President
Regional Meetings & Incentive Groups Manager
Sandals and Beaches Resorts
Director of Communications
SDI Meetings & Incentives
Patti Elliott, CIS
Co-Director of Sponsorship
Director National Accounts
Grand Hotel Mackinac
SITE Chicago has been an open and inviting forum for incentive professionals in the Midwest. They have hosted fun and engaging networking events along with providing the resources of SITE global. During the pandemic they have continued to deliver. The virtual Holly Trolly proved to be a fun and engaging event even though we could not do it in person. They have demonstrated that we can still derive benefit from meeting and developing relationships during the most difficult of times for our industry. I look forward to future events and opportunities to connect with this vibrant chapter, whether it is in person or over Zoom!
President & CEO, FIRE Light Group
As a member of Site Chicago since 2011, I just want to say how excited I am to participate with the Chapter since the revitalization within board and the membership in the last few years. What this team has accomplished is amazing and I am so happy to be a part of this growth!
LORRAINE BELLAS, CIS, CITP
Regional Meetings & Incentive Groups Manager, Unique Vacations Inc.
My company, AlliedPRA, has 22 members in SITE Globally. I knew my teams knew the benefits of SITE membership. There are so many great people involved with SITE and you get leads from both planners and other suppliers which is really nice. It’s a great group to be affiliated with for sure and everyone helps each other out. An awesome cast of characters for sure.
MARGIE MCCARTNEY, DMCP, CIS
Global Sales Director, PRA Business Events
The most important aspect acquired through membership in SITE is the range of reliable relationships in the incentive community. SITE creates a valuable forum that has created great connection to partners in all areas that support the incentive market including, clients, DMC and airline partners as well as my counterparts in the hotel community.
As a SITE member you get the opportunity to participate in educational sessions pertaining only to incentive travel, whether it’s planning, logistics, or the on-site experience. SITE is the only global authority connecting members to business leaders who are looking for improved performance. A member also develops a network of resources to help in all segments of their reward and recognition experience. Once business results are achieved, SITE helps to maintain the performances-based incentive culture.
DANA WEAVER, CIS, CITP
SITE Chicago has afforded me opportunities to improve my knowledge, grow my networks of industry contacts, and enhance my leadership skills. I truly consider SITE Chicago to be family. Members support one another and acquaintances quickly become friends. It’s important to get involved. What you give to SITE is amplified and returned back to you in ways you’d never expect.
REBECCA WRIGHT, CIS, CITP
In all my years of attending various industry related organizations, I have found the SITE Chicago Chapter and their events fantastic. The events are in great places, the content and programs are relevant and timely, and most important - the members! Networking, introductions to one another, referals and actually talk real business! I hate missing a meeting!