Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority met May 16.
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority met May 16.
Here is the minutes provided by the Authority:
Board Members Present: Brett J. Hart, Chairman; Robert G. Reiter, Vice-Chairman; Daniel Hynes; Roger J. Kiley"; Terrance B. McGann; Juan A. Ochoa, Ronald E. Powell
Others Present: Lori T. Healey, CEO; Darka Papushkewych, General Counsel; Larita Clark, Acting Chief Financial Officer; David Causton, SMG/McCormick Place; David Winters, Chief Operations Officer; Matthew Simmons, Assistant General Counsel; Anne Szkatulski, Assistant General Counsel; Steve Georgas, Chief Security Officer; Dao Ngo, Director of Procurement; Gloria Juarbe, Director of Human Resources, Stephanie Nieves, Assistant Controller, Michael Merchant, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs & Regulatory Compliance; Jeanette Swan, Director of Internal Audit; Barnaby Dinges, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer; Pat Allen, Director of Labor Relations; Jason Bormann, Treasury Manager; Tameka Carter, Procurement Coordinator; Danny Ecker, Crain's Chicago Business, Joseph Scheper, SMG/McCormick Place; Bob McClintock, SMG, David Kennedy, SMG/McCormick Place; Tim Obert, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place; Aleks Granchalek, Fifth Third Bank; Purnell, Chicago Resident; Maria Calderon, CEO Project Coordinator
Chairman Hart asked for a motion to permit Member Kiley to participate via teleconference. Upon motion duly made by Member Reiter and seconded by Member Powell, the remaining members present unanimously voted passing the motion.
A1. Roll Call: MPEA Chairman Hart, called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and Ms. Calderon called roll.
A2. Approval of Minutes: Chairman Hart called for the approval of the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on April 18, 2017.
Moved by Member Kiley, seconded by Member Reiter, and the remaining members present voted approving item A2.
A3. Public Comment.
Mr. Israel did not show up to the meeting.
Report from CEO: Ms. Healey stated MPEA would host an On the Table event with 120 guests on campus today. Ms. Healey stated that by the end of the month the bike unit for the Chicago Police Department would move in to the campus. Ms. Healey stated during the next meeting the MPEA website would be presented. Ms. Healey introduced Ms. Juarbe, Human Resources Director. Ms. Juarbe presented an overview of the Opportunity Job Fair that took place on campus on May 3rd. Ms. Juarbe reported that MPEA's campus partners participated in the fair, and the event was a complete success with more than 500 people attending.
Report from CFO: Ms. Clark presented the financial results for April 2017 and the tax collections for April 2017.
Report from McCormick Place: Mr. Causton reported Morgan Prewitt, Event Manager at SMG/McCormick Place, was named one of Crain's Business Chicago 20 in their 20s. Mr. Causton stated it was a busy month with medical meetings which include: American Transplant Congress (4,200 attendees); Digestive Disease Week (14,000 attendees and will be back in 2020 and 2023); and the Heart Rhythm Society (8,500 attendees and will be back in 2027). Mr. Causton reported the National Restaurant Association and Sweets & Snacks Expo were moving in for their upcoming shows. Mr. Causton reported McCormick Place was awarded the Illinois Meetings and Events Magazine, Best Conference or Resort Venue Award. Mr. Causton stated the votes came from the readers of the magazine.
Report from Hyatt Regency McCormick Place: Ms. Healey thanked Mr. Obert for his quick action on performing CPR on a child who was a guest and was drowning in the pool at the hotel. Ms. Healey stated Mr. Obert's actions prevented the child from having further complications, and the paramedics stated his actions saved the child's life. Mr. Obert presented an overview of the renovations taking place at the hotel, which include three different concepts for the restaurants and bar areas. Mr. Obert stated the menus and prices were diverse to appeal to a broader international audience. Mr. Obert reported new cooking technologies are also part of the renovation, which include the SVP system for high quality and duicker food preparation. Mr. Obert stated the ribbon cutting will take place in September.
Executive Session: Chairman Hart asked for a motion to Convene in Executive Session to discuss real estate, litigation, personnel matter, and consideration of workers Compensation case. Upon motion duly made by Member Reiter, seconded by Member Powell, and the remaining members present unanimously voted to convene in Executive Session.
Upon return from Executive Session, items C3 and C5 were presented for consideration and discussion.
Review of Covered Actions and Eligible Agreements:
C3. Consideration of Approval of Executive Session Minutes of the April 18, 2017 Regular Board Meeting.
Moved by Member Powell, seconded by Member Reiter, and the remaining members present voted approving item C3.
C5. Consideration of Workers Compensation Case Settlement Recommendations.
Moved by Member Reiter, seconded by Member Powell, Member McGann abstained and the remaining members present voted approving item C5.
D1. Consideration of Approval of Resolution No. MPEA 17-02 - Authorizing Extended Termination Dates for Certain Early Retirees of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.
Moved by Member Powell, seconded by Member Reiter, and the remaining members present voted approving item D1.
D2. Consideration of Approval of Termination of Sales Services Agreement.
Moved by Member McGann, seconded by Member Reiter, and the remaining members present voted approving item D2.
D3. Consideration of Approval of MillerCoors Wintrust Arena Suite License Agreement.
Moved by Member Powell, seconded by Member Reiter, and the remaining members present voted approving item D3.
D4. Consideration of Approval of MillerCoors Wintrust Arena Sponsorship Agreement.
Moved by Member Powell, seconded by Member Reiter, and the remaining members present voted approving item D4.
D5. Consideration of Approval of Contract Amendment - Strategic Communications Consultant.
Moved by Member McGann, seconded by Member Ochoa, and the remaining members present voted approving item D5.
Chairman Hart moved to adjourn the meeting moved by Member McGann, and the meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote of the Board.
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