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"I met Mary Patchin, Director of Sales for the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, at the Illinois Society of Association Executives Convention in 2012. We discussed the possibility of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association holding our convention in her area. I explained my need for plenty of exhibit space in addition to several rooms for luncheons and continuing education programs. Mary told me that the Tinley Park Convention Center & Hotel would be a perfect fit for us. She also made me aware of a CSCVB matching grant that we would be eligible to for. Our grant was approved, we held our 2014 Convention in Tinley Park and we had the best turnout in seven years. Attendee evaluations were very positive and we hope to return in the very near future. I encourage anyone looking for a new location to check out the Chicago Southland area and the Tinley Park Convention Center & Hotel.
--Mary Carey, Illinois Funeral Directors
"During the past year I contacted Mary Patchin at the Chicago Southland CVB to help us find appropriate sites for our August Chapter Leaders’ Conference. She and her associates at the CVB were wonderful resources for us. Mary coordinated the lead process and gave us tours of properties after we had narrowed the proposals down to four possibilities. Mary and her staff were enthusiastic, supportive, genuine, knowledgeable and very helpful. They gave me numerous suggestions and contacts for team building activities with our group and we couldn’t have been happier with our final choice of Irons Oaks.
The Chicago Southland CVB provided invaluable support not only to us, but also to our attendees. They saved me time and money and did it with a smile. We will most definitely be holding more meetings in the area."
--Mary Jaros, Meeting Planner, Illinois CU League
"Whenever we hold an event in the Southland area, I know I can count on the Chicago Southland CVB for wonderful support. It always makes my job of running a conference so much easier. Thanks for always being there for me."
--Mary Lou Wetmore, Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management
--Altgeld/Carver High School
-- Illinois Cemetery and Funeral Association
-- Davis / Miller Family Reunion
-- Kemp Family Reunion
-- Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators
-- Sims Family Reunion
-- The Relatives
-- Winston Family Reunion
-- Hines Family Reunion
TradeshowsThe Bureau promotes the Chicago Southland as a meeting/convention destination at the following tradeshows: