Meet The Team

Our collective backgrounds in corporate and incentive programming, tour development and special event design means our work is backed with years of experience. Combine this with a true love for our city and you’re guaranteed success!


Colleen Kendall, DMCP

Associate Director of Creative Services

Colleen Kendall (some of you may know her as Kookoothe) is thrilled to be back with the Hosts Family. Originally from Ohio, Colleen moved to the windy city in 2010 and never looked back. Starting her career in marketing, advertising and event planning, Colleen’s focus was on branding initiatives and large scale events for healthcare and non-profit clients.

Priding herself as a tastemaker in the events industry for over a decade, and well-versed in all things Chicago, she has turned companies’ event dreams a reality in the Windy City. She lends her creative spirit and unique ability to transform an idea from concept to a reality beyond her client’s imagination.

Her dedication to creating unique experiences is unparalleled. Colleen specializes in working with clients to top “the untoppable” by utilizing her extensive background in marketing and event management combined with a true understanding of what makes an excellent DMC-client partnership.  She has a proven track record of happy clients who love her high energy, organization, and creative mind.

When she’s not out dining at the newest Chicago restaurant or catching her favorite bands in the city, she is at home enjoying a glass of red wine with her husband Connor and playing with her daughter Alice and dog Darby.

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