The property that has fast made a name for itself as the premier North Shore travel and leisure destination since their highly anticipated opening in Spring of 2021, The Forester Hotel, 200 N. Field Dr., is proud to announce the appointment of Dino Simoncelli as General Manager of the picturesque Lake Forest property managed by Janko Hospitality. An Illinois native hailing from Downers Grove, Simoncelli’s passion for hospitality has been unparalleled throughout his career, earning him impressive leadership roles including his most recent position as the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Standard Club of Chicago.
Simoncelli’s career in hospitality began after earning his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, serving as the Front Desk Manager for the Marriott Suites Downers Grove and quickly blossoming thereafter. Simoncelli has served in a variety of roles key to perfecting the guest experience including Front Office Manager at the Marriott Schaumburg and Renaissance Oak Brook, Operations Manager at the Hilton Sea World Resort, Radisson Chicago Northbrook and Wyndham Glenview Suites and Assistant General Manager at Hilton Resorts and the Union League Club of Chicago. Through these experiences, Simoncelli was twice nominated for Manager of the Year by the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association.
“We could not be more ecstatic to welcome such a professional, passionate and driven leader to the team as Dino Simoncelli,” said Micaela Haas, Area General Manager for Janko Hospitality. “Since opening the property, we’ve worked to serve at the highest level for our guests and Lake Forest neighbors, and we are thrilled to be able to appoint a leader with a drive to do the very same for years to come.”
A father of three, Simoncelli serves as a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoys cooking and coaching his sons in baseball. Simoncelli is especially drawn to outdoor activities, fitting in perfectly with The Forester Hotel’s roots in an appreciation for the outdoors, based upon the city’s motto “Naturae et Scientiae Amor,” which translates directly to “Love of Science and Nature.”