Above & Beyond
Choose Chicago board member Michael Jacobson was named to Crain’s 40 Under 40 list.
Jacobson, president and CEO at Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA), was named to Crain’s prestigious list for 2020. Jacobson has been at IHLA for more than two years.
According to Crain’s, Jacobson “helped craft the statewide protocols for hotels to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic and led the city of Chicago’s working group that set new safety guidelines for hotels and tourist attractions, bridging the gap between hospitality stakeholders and public health officials to get hotel operators back on their feet after months of decimated tourism.”
IHLA represents and advocates for the lodging industry in Illinois. Members consist of 500 hotels and their employees throughout the state as well as industry partners and suppliers.
Jacobson is a father of two and credits much of his business insight to his 67-year-old father who has owned a sub shop in Portage Park for nearly 50 years. “Seeing his perspective on things as a small business owner helped coach me over the years about what’s right and what’s wrong,” he told Crain’s. “He’s a good source for getting a real-world perspective.”
Congratulations to Jacobson for this honor.
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