VIP dinner attracts 70-plus people

HAC president Susie Grynol with incoming HAC chair Vito Curalli of Hilton and Irwin Prince of Realstar Hospitality.

HAC president Susie Grynol with incoming HAC chair Vito Curalli of Hilton and Irwin Prince of Realstar Hospitality.

TORONTO — This year's VIP dinner, held at CHOP Steakhouse Toronto following the HAC conference reception, attracted a record 70-plus people (including sponsors). 

Jason Cheskes, of Above The Line Solutions told CLN, “It continues to be my honour to arrange this very special dinner and see it grow over the years. I am thrilled to be able to have such a fantastic group from across the hotel industry and provide them an opportunity to join their colleagues for this type of social experience, especially with the opportunity to meet the new HAC president, Susie Grynol.”

The list of sponsors, like the size of the guest list, has grown as well, Cheskes added.

Sponsors included Serta, Ecolab, RHB Enterprises Inc., LG, Encore Draperies, Eden Textile, National Payments, Foodbuy and Group Lockhart Inc.

From left: organizer Jason Cheskes of Above the Line Solutions with Satinder Dhillon of Westmont Hospitality and outgoing chair Philippe Gadbois, Atlific.

From left: organizer Jason Cheskes of Above the Line Solutions with Satinder Dhillon of Westmont Hospitality and outgoing chair Philippe Gadbois, Atlific.

Christine Pella of Serta (left) with Janet Deline of Janet Deline Consulting.

Christine Pella of Serta (left) with Janet Deline of Janet Deline Consulting.

Steve Isherwood, left, of Canadian Lodging News, with Michael Strong of National Payments.

Steve Isherwood, left, of Canadian Lodging News, with Michael Strong of National Payments.

From left: Perry Batke, AHLA; Larry Laite, HNL; James Chase, BCHA; Scott Jocelyn, MHA; and Dave Kaiser, AHLA.

From left: Perry Batke, AHLA; Larry Laite, HNL; James Chase, BCHA; Scott Jocelyn, MHA; and Dave Kaiser, AHLA.

Brian Leon, Choice Hotels Canada and Jim Bence, SHHA.

Brian Leon, Choice Hotels Canada and Jim Bence, SHHA.

Ryan Tracey, MasterBUILT. Ray Berube of RHB Enterprises, and Aodhan Sheahan, MasterBUILT.

Ryan Tracey, MasterBUILT. Ray Berube of RHB Enterprises, and Aodhan Sheahan, MasterBUILT.

From left: Terry Mundell, GTHA; Tony Elenis, ORHMA; Jonathan Lund, IHG; Tim Mashford, Larco; James Lockhart, Group Lockhart Inc.

From left: Terry Mundell, GTHA; Tony Elenis, ORHMA; Jonathan Lund, IHG; Tim Mashford, Larco; James Lockhart, Group Lockhart Inc.