Stephanie Emrich is a dynamic speaker, educator and consultant in Customer Experience, Client Relations, Hospitality tied to results + ROI.

Stephanie grew up watching her grandfather glide through his Floridian hotel lobby, pleasing his guests who drove 100 miles to experience his hospitality. That early inspiration led Stephanie to the front desk of Chicago’s Drake Hotel, the day after graduating from the University of Illinois/Champaign. Her hotel career skyrocketed to sales and marketing roles with Hilton Worldwide, Air France/Meridien Hotels, and Omni Hotels & Resorts. With her vast Rolodex, and never leaving any stone unturned, Stephanie followed her organizational and artful instincts to become an event planner. Through a consortium of boutique event houses, she attracted blue-chip clients to produce events coast to coast. Next, Stephanie was tapped as Director of Development at the Terra Museum of American Art. She studied the collection for years as a museum docent, helping the education department establish a corporate relations orientation through tours. Once employed, Stephanie managed all cultivation aspects, restructuring the museum’s revenue goals by turning the building into an event venue for profit. Stephanie’s pioneering set a precedent for the way cultural events would long be held. The newly found word “edutainment” was no longer a mystery. Bass Hotels of the UK sought Stephanie as a director for their coveted Allerton Hotel restoration and re-opening, where she directed 25 inaugural engagements. Her strengths were best leveraged in Talent Management with weekly staff orientations. She motivated the team to re-launch the radio breakfast club, with area celebrities and neighbors highlighted on the air.   Stephanie most fondly reveres her Chef Concierge role at The Talbott Hotel, an award-winning Gold Coast property in the luxury boutique category. (“Chef” meaning head or chief in French, not a role in the hotel kitchen!) Her training expertise came into play with one-on-one and classroom training for seven years. Stephanie earned the highest designation of Les Clefs d’Or, and is Past President of the National Concierge Association – Chicago. She was also a finalist for the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Stars of Industry Annual Awards. Stephanie is a Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP) as awarded by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

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