The Jon Winke Rising Star Concierge Award was developed to recognize the young talent in our industry and to ensure that they get the formal recognition they deserve.
This award is named after 37-year hospitality industry veteran Jon Winke, chef concierge at the Ritz Carlton Chicago and the first inductee into the Chicago Concierge Hall of Fame who passed away unexpectedly in 2014.
Jon remains an icon in the industry and will always be remembered for his leadership, passion for service, and the pride he took in his role as Chicago‘s premier Chef Concierge.
He was loved by many who say he gave them their start in the hospitality industry and was the kind of guy that other concierges would reach out for advice. It is because of that, and so much more, that we renamed this award after him.