Looking Toward the Future with IIDA & IIDA Illinois

April 30, 2020

What have Americans come to miss the most during their time in isolation at home? Even more than gathering with friends and family, studies show that what we miss the most is dining out at restaurants and bars. While we’re confident that part of the appeal of dining out is sharing the experience with our loved ones, it’s reassuring to those of us in the hospitality industry to remember that in spite of our current fears, we’re inherently social creatures who want to return to normal—or as close to normal as possible.

Insights like this are starting to shape how we think about the next steps for our industry. As we logged in for recent discussions with IIDA and IIDA Illinois, we considered some of the questions that will have to be answered as hotels, bars and restaurants start strategizing their next steps and reorienting for the “new normal” to come. How will hotels approach reopening? What makes this “once-in-a-lifetime” global event different from others we’ve lived through in the past? How can the hospitality industry–and the economy at large—bolster consumer confidence?


April 23, 2020

IIDA Collective Design Episode 5:
Hospitality Design Navigates Change

April 24, 2020

IIDA Illinois, The Future of Hospitality Design:
The Experience Concept


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The Hotel Industry in Recovery

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The hospitality industry has faced an unprecedented time during these past two months. As we plan for our recovery, we need to understand and prepare for a new way of doing business. In this live discussion, we will discuss how the hospitality industry, once restarted, can begin its recovery.

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With 30 years of hospitality industry experience, Jerry has a broad knowledge of hotel operations, program management, design implementation and development. As Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for overseeing, developing and setting the direction of The Gettys Group Companies’s day-to-day operations and growth strategies, as well as lending his expertise to our own development projects via Ridgeline Development Partners. Jerry leads a team of dedicated, creative team members who create new brands, design beautifully engaging spaces and bring design visions to life.



A highly accomplished hospitality designer, Meg brings a gracious approach to her role as Principal. Her three decades of experience as a leader in strategic brand thinking, Meg’s broad project expertise includes all aspects of hospitality design — from client and brand relationship management to the ideation and execution of entire projects. Meg’s portfolio includes destination luxury resorts and spas, upscale hotels and high-end residential projects, with hundreds of commissions for the most prominent hotel companies and owners. Her work has been published in Hospitality Design, Boutique Design, Lodging Hospitality Design, Contract, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Architect magazine.



Anne is responsible for project management, nurturing client relationships and mentorship of our procurement team. She is well-versed in collaborating with hotel management on pricing for capital and FF&E items, analyzing hotel spend against capital budgets and assisting with marketing, food and beverage and brand standards projects. Anne is currently Chapter President of NEWH's Chicago chapter – leading a team focused on scholarship, education and networking in the hospitality industry. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Chris, and creating a loving environment for their many foster dogs, whom they help prepare to find their forever homes.