Jim Grillo, CMP


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20 years in the Chicago Meetings, Hospitality and Events Industry

Current President,
Past Chairman of Operations, The BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Past President, MPI Chicago Area Chapter
Past President, HSMAI Illinois
Currently a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
13 Years Online Internet Marketing and SEO experience
Speaker, SEO and Internet Marketing for the Hospitality Industry
7 Years, Chicago Destination Management Experience

Currently, I am the President of, Chicago's Online Resource for the Chicago meetings & events industry. We make connections between meeting and event planners with Chicago's top meeting and event venues and service providers. is a great location for researching venues to support corporate and social events. Whether it is a roundtable Executive dinner, special event, corporate meeting, a team outing, or a user group of some sort, provides a one-stop-shop for research with everything you need to find the best solutions for your meeting or event. We take the guesswork out. Plus above all else, it’s free to use the site.

If you are a Meeting or Event Planner seeking the best Chicago meeting and event venues and services, please visit us online at

Hobbies! (to get away from "reality")

NBC5 Street Team
Actor, P/T at Tommy Guns Theater
Actor, P/T History Channel
Actor, P/T "Legit" The Movie
Actor, P/T "Vacation Challenge" on Travel Channel
Guitar (Blues)

Hey....Some people go bowling on a Thursday night, I go to the theater
or movie set ;-)

Specialties: Association leadership, Search Engine Optimization, Internet Marketing, Increasing membership, Retention of membership, motivating and inspiring others, making others leaders.

Primary Industry Served

  • Convention Centers / Convention Bureaus / Chambers