The Team

Midwest

David Almond Regional Vice President at ALHI

David Almond

Regional Vice President, Sales

David has been a leader of the ALHI Midwest team for three years after serving management roles in sales and marketing with Hilton, Starwood and IHG. That experience gave him a clear understanding of client needs, property logistics and contract negotiations. David also served as president of the local GMC-PCMA and remains active in several of the group's committees.

 

Stacy Lucherini  Senior Vice President at ALHI

Stacy Lucherini 

Senior Vice President, Sales

In 2003, Stacy opened ALHI's Global Sales Office in Chicago. A 26-year sales veteran, Stacy worked as director of national sales for Wyndham International before joining ALHI.  She has been recognized as ALHI Salesperson of the Year, ALHI Sales Team of the Year and multiple President's Awards as well as MPI-CAC Rising Star. She sits on the board of The Above and Beyond Foundation and is a longtime member of MPI, PCMA and Site.

 

Bill Grusich,CMP,FASAE Senior Vice President  at ALHI

Bill Grusich, CMP, FASAE

Senior Vice President, Sales 

Bill joined ALHI nine years ago after a nearly 25-year career with his own events and sales company Hinton + Grusich. He has been involved in a number of industry organizations including serving on the boards of PCMA, Meeting Professionals International and AMC Institute. He is past president of the MPI Chicago area chapter. In addition to being an ASAE Fellow, Bill won the PCMA supplier member 2020 Visionary Award.

 

Kathy Kozminske Vice President of Sales at ALHI

Kathy Kozminske

Vice President, Sales

Kathy has 10 years of leadership tenure with ALHI and is a multi-year recipient of the President's Award in recognition of superior achievement. Kathy is a trusted advisor within the industry and has served on boards and committees with MPI, PCMA and FICP. Kathy also is a respected mentor in the hospitality industry. 

 

André Valk, CMP, HMCC  Director of Sales at ALHI

André Valk, CMP, HMCC

Director, Global Sales

André studied hotel management in Europe, where he held leadership roles at Kempinski Hotels including in the areas of CVB and NSO. In 1996, he joined Hinton + Grusich, which merged with ALHI in 2010. André, one of the first Germans to obtain his CMP certification, has been a longtime member of MPI and PCMA, both of which have recognized him over the years. He now calls Chicago home.

 

Daniel Lopes Director of Global Sales at ALHI

Daniel Lopes

Director, Global Sales

Daniel joined ALHI in 2008 and is a recipient of several President's Awards and a Sales Executive of the Year accolade. He has served on committees for MPI OH and collaborated on projects for various industry and non-industry associations. Daniel spends time on non-profit roles within his community, currently contributing as a board member for the Oldham Soccer Club with a focus on civic improvement. Daniel lives in Kentucky with his family.

 

Michelle Lauer Director of Global Sales at ALHI

Michelle Lauer

Director, Global Sales

Michelle is a member of SITE and MPI and is involved in SITE Chicago's Sponsorship Committee. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, taking care of her two rescue pups and spending time with her five nephews.

 

Kimberly Deprez Manager, Global Sales at ALHI

Kimberly Deprez

Manager, Global Sales

Kim has been with the organization since November 2016, coming to ALHI with experience at Hyatt Hotels, the American Bar Association and a Chicago destination management organization. She is certified in hospitality and tourism management from Florida Atlantic University and has her Cvent supplier certification. Kim Is a member of SITE Chicago and serves on the events committee for the SITE Young Leaders Chapter.

Maureen Pietryla Global Sales Associate at ALHI

Maureen Pietryla

Global Sales Associate

Maureen started her working career in real estate and transitioned to the hospitality industry 1998. First on the incentive side, and currently has the privilege and honor to work with one of our renowned leaders in our industry, Bill Grusich, for the last 15 years and the last 10 years at ALHI.

 

Natalie Wentker Global Sales Associate at ALHI

Natalie Wentker

Global Sales Associate

Natalie joined ALHI in January 2022 and supports the sales and events efforts for the Midwest team based in Chicago, Illinois.  She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a double major and high honors from UW-Milwaukee in Spring 2021.  Her passion for experiencing different cultures lead her to live in New Zealand for a year and then continue to travel around the world.

Rachel Myers Global Sales Associate at ALHI

Rachel Myers

Global Sales Associate

Rachel joined ALHI in March of 2022. She is a KC Native and is based in Overland Park, KS. Rachel supports Kathy Kozminske, Vice President of Sales, and Kim Deprez, Manager of Global Sales. During her seven years of hospitality, she advanced from a Front Desk Agent to a Hotel Sales Manager at a luxury boutique hotel. Rachel is CVENT certified and has a background in event planning and executive administration.

Sandy Kyle Global Sales Associate at ALHI

Sandy Kyle

Global Sales Associate

Sandy joined ALHI in March of 2022.  She is a native Texan and is based out of Dallas, supporting Stacy Lucherini, Senior Vice President of Sales.  Sandy is new to the hospitality industry, having worked in legal billing for the past thirteen years.   She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Baylor University.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and her interests include eating great food, cooking, staying fit, and traveling.  Her favorite vacation destination is the beach.

 

Justin Pascua Global Sales Associate at ALHI

Justin Pascua

Global Sales Associate

Justin attended UNLV where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management. He has been part of the hotel sales industry in Las Vegas since 2015. During his time with on property sales he has been a gold recipient for customer service from The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.