Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook names new director of marketing

Lobby of the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook.

The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center appointed Jeannette Lemrise as its director of marketing. The 15-year marketing veteran was most recently responsible for creating hotel website experiences. Lemrise will work to bring awareness to the 386-room west suburban resort, overseeing advertising, social media and public relations operations in her new position. 

“I’m looking to help this hotel be the backyard to the community,” Lemrise said in a statement. “Our general manager Steven Ellingsen is a visionary, and his caliber of exciting events requires a dedicated marketing effort.” 

Examples of some of the community events coming up at Oak Brook Hills include EN NOIR: A Casino Royale Masquerade benefiting Imerman Angles in October, and Timeless, a New Year’s Eve gala starring the Rat Pack is Back from Las Vegas.  


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At Hilton Worldwide, Lemrise drove eCommerce growth for downtown Chicago hotels. At First Hospitality Group, she was responsible for marketing new hotels (a mix of Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Hyatt and independent brands) and partnering with sales to creatively position the hotels to succeed. Her professional experience also includes retail marketing, event planning and sports marketing.  

 “Jeannette is going to be essential in bringing our innovative events to life,” Ellingsen said in a statement. “Her diverse background in hotel marketing and her creative mindset will help give us momentum and an even bigger competitive advantage.”   

Lemrise majored in marketing at Drake University and holds a bachelor’s of science in business management and administration. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike on the trails, volunteering as a Chicago tour guide, exploring new recipes or restaurants and dabbling in photography excursions.

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