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Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes new director of sales


Above / Carlos Madinya, pictured at Fredenhagen Park, has joined the Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau as Director of Sales.

On Wed., June 5, Carlos Madinya began his position as Director of Sales at the Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau (NCVB).

Previously, Madinya worked for various hotel brands, such as IHG, Marriott and Hilton. Most recently, he was the national account executive for Meet Chicago Northwest, the convention and visitors bureau serving communities in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

Madinya brings with him extensive hotel experience including sales, group meetings and hotel pre-opening duties.

“The Naperville CVB is excited to welcome Madinya,” said Christine Jeffries, President of the Naperville CVB. “His skill set will be an asset to our marketing efforts.”

“With his hospitality background, Madinya has a good understanding of the daily processes of hotels and understands business attraction to raise occupancy within hotels. Most importantly for the Naperville area, he has extensive experience working with corporate and association markets,” said Dan Gustafson, Chairman of the Naperville CVB and General Manager of the Marriott Chicago Naperville, the city’s largest hotel.

Above / Considered a gateway to North Central College and downtown Naperville, Fredenhagen Park is located along the Riverwalk, just south of River Square near the Washington Street Bridge between Aurora and Chicago avenues. The picturesque setting often is used for wedding and graduation photos.

Destination: Exchange Club Memories Fountain at Fredenhagen Park

Today PN met up with Carlos Madinya at Fredenhagen Park, one of our favorite peaceful places along the Riverwalk in downtown Naperville. 

We quickly learned that in addition to helping corporate clients and associations plan meetings and conventions, Madinya, who describes himself as “results focused,” is eager to make sure Naperville’s hospitality is “top of mind” for wedding receptions, family reunions, banquets and other social events. He aims to continue the momentum that produces overnight stays that contribute to a thriving local economy.  

What’s more, Madinya will lead Naperville’s efforts to attract major sporting events to the area in the partnership with neighboring CVBs as the Chicago West Sports Group.

Madinya, who lives in Plainfield, said that whenever he has visited Naperville, he’s always enjoyed the hometown charm and feel that Naperville offers its guests. He’s quick to recognize Naperville as a great destination market with many attractions, entertainment venues, 19 hotels and more than 275 restaurants.

“I’m looking forward to representing this exceptional community and developing strong partnerships with Naperville hotels, restaurants and attractions,” Madinya said, noting that earlier this week he met with the management staff at the Marriott and is in the process of setting up appointments to tour the other hotels. 

“I’m excited to join the team at the Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau where I’ll use my tenacity and past experiences—sales, marketing and CVB—all in one role to become familiar with all 19 hotel properties.”

And he added, “This is my third day on the job. I’ll keep showing up until I’m told otherwise.”

Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB) is a division of the Naperville Development Partnership, a public-private economic development organization serving the City of Naperville. The NCVB assists in the planning and execution of corporate, sports, association and meeting events. Naperville is home to over 2,300 hotel rooms and 65 meeting facilities.

For assistance with event planning, visit visitnaperville.com or contact Carlos Madinya via email at cmadinya@naper.org.

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