Swissôtel Chicago Hires Director of Catering and Convention Services and eMarketing Manager

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Swissôtel Chicago hotel grows its team with two new additions.

We are very excited to welcome Charles and Emily to our team. - John Oakley, Director of Sales & Marketing

Charles Baran and Emily Belden have joined the Swissôtel Chicago team.

Charles Baran comes to the hotel as the Director of Catering and Convention Services. Baran is a known leader in the meeting and event travel industry and is proficient in all the diverse arenas that comprise it. Swissôtel Chicago is pleased to welcome Baran along with the more than 25 years of experience and expertise he brings.

As Director of Catering and Convention Services at Swissôtel Chicago, Baran will be responsible for overseeing the sales, catering and convention services teams, with the intention of increasing meetings and event business.

Baran began his hotel career with Hilton Hotels in 2005 as the Director of Events. In 2008, he joined the Marriott Hotel family as the Director of Event Management at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Most recently, he was the Director of Event Services at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Emily Belden joins Swissôtel Chicago as the eMarketing Manager, a new position at the hotel. Her professional background contains six years of creative advertising and account management. In her new role, she will combine her fluency in social media with her robust knowledge of the hospitality industry to drive strategic marketing campaigns.

Most recently, Belden handled eMarketing initiatives for hotel brands such as Ritz-Carlton, Rosewood, and InterContinental in a variety of North American markets. Prior to that, she drove the eMarketing efforts for convention housing company, onPeak. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Creighton University.

"We are very excited to welcome Charles and Emily to our team. Charles has proven himself in the special events industry and is an experienced hospitality professional," states John Oakley, Director of Sales and Marketing at Swissôtel Chicago. “Emily’s vibrant personality and social marketing background makes her a valuable addition as well.”

For more information or to schedule an interview with Charles Baran or Emily Belden, please contact Emily Belden at 312-268-8110 or emily.belden(at)swissotel(dot)com.

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