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DuPage tourism bureau names 6 to board

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OAK BROOK -- The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau will induct six new members to its board of directors, as it seeks to give DuPage

County the strongest footing from local, county and state levels to steer its hospitality industry during the CODVID-19 pandemic.

The new members are Steven Ellingsen, general manager at the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center; Eric Ertmoed, Lisle village manager; Karla Flannery, deputy director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Tourism; Brett Hintz, vice president of operations for Puttshack; Michael Jacobson, president and CEO of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association; and Grant Paplauskas, marketing & special events manager for city of Wood Dale.

This will be the first time in DCVB's history to welcome leadership from IHLA and DCEO. Each new member will serve a two-year term.

"With such a large county that typically welcomes almost 4 million visitors in our hotel rooms every year, short and long-term impact to our

businesses and economy is a critical issue right now," said Larry Forssberg, chairman of the DCVB board and Executive Director for the Westmont

Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership.