Our next RSVP only event* will take place on
June 22nd, 2017
308 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654
(private alley entrance)
*If you are not on the RSVP list we will not be able to accommodate you. 21+ only. Smart casual attire recommended.
Join us at the next edition of Bomond Rendezvous for a conversation about “Hospitality in the 21st century: leadership skills you need to stay ahead of the game”. Panelists will share their stories of success in hotel and restaurant industries and discuss how an executive coach can help you increase your awareness and shift your perspective and gain that competitive edge to help you advance your career and reach your personal goals.
CEO & Co-Founder Hat's Off Hospitality
Bringing his passion, unique insight and world class expertise of the culinary arts, Felipe Ospina is helping lead a group of food savvy visionaries determined to make the Midwest the most robust culinary capital of the United States. Introducing culturally eclectic concepts is what it is about for Felipe.
He started his career in the hospitality business back in his home country of Colombia. After beginning his career with American Airlines, he moved into the hotel industry, running the front desk of several high-end hotels. In 2003, he moved to Miami, where he began working the bar area at numerous South Beach restaurants. From Miami, he moved to New York City, where he opened Buddha Bar. He then moved into the General Manager position at Mercadito in the West Village. When Mercadito Hospitality expanded to open Mercadito in Chicago, Felipe left New York and opened the new restaurant as General manager in River North. In 2011, he joined the opening team as General Manager of Roka Akor in Chicago and helped lead the team to six consecutive months on Chicago magazine’s “Hot List.” Felipe left Roka Akor to lead the opening of Chicago’s Untitled with his close friend Art Mendoza before rejoining the JNK Concepts team as Director of Development and New Concepts in 2013. In 2014, he was exclusively sought out by an Indonesian restaurant conglomerate to penetrate the Chicago market via the established stylish Chinese eatery, Imperial Lamian.
Felipe accredits his successful career to his love for entertaining. He especially enjoys taking care of his guests and making sure each last detail is handled to ensure they have an incredible dining experience. During his free time, Felipe enjoys going to the gym, helping his family and friends in any way possible and also visiting all kinds of restaurants, nightclubs and hotels to stay updated to any new trends.
Senior Group Sales Manager, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago | Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC
Lowri Gray is a native of Colorado and a graduate of Prairie View A&M University where she earned her B.A in Marketing. She has been in the Chicago hospitality industry for the past 6 years, planning events for some of the top venues in the city including Drumbar at the Raffaello Hotel and currently I|O at The Godfrey Hotel, where she serves as Senior Group Sales Manager. Lowri is responsible for selling a 221-room boutique hotel with 10,000 square feet of event space. Lowri is an active member in her community by serving as a "Big" for Big Brother Big Sister Chicago. When she is not event planning or volunteering her time she is off traveling the world in search for her new favorite restaurant.
CEO & Founder Jody Michael Associates
Jody Michael was born a trailblazer; as one of the first female traders on the Chicago trading floors and one of the first coaches in the country to participate in an intensive, three-year ontological coaching program, she has challenged the boundaries of convention. Today, she continues to challenge boundaries: As a leading executive and organizational coach, she is passionate about delving deeper and pushing beyond the conventional standards of coaching to incorporate human behavior, psychology and neuroscience to facilitate systemic change. In the executive coaching world, she is a rare breed: 15 years of corporate leadership in the finance industry; a psychotherapy/human behavior degree from The University of Chicago; the distinctions of both Master Certified Coach and Board Certified Coach; a Founding Fellow at The Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate; and more than 20 years of coaching experience, logging over 40,000 one-on-one coaching hours.
Financial Advisor with the FKS Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services
Dexter is a partner on the FKS Wealth Management Group, which works exclusively with successful families, business owners, young professionals and their advisors. He has been a member of the team since 2015, following a brief career in professional golf. Dexter holds a bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois and is currently attaining his MBA in finance from DePaul University's Kellstadt School of Business.