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Meet The Playmakers

Creating a winning event is what we’re all about. And we make it happen because of our passion for what we do. Collectively, we boast more than 40 years of expertise, and half of our team are veterans—having been on the Q Center team for 10 years or more.

Learn more about those who help you hit it out of the ballpark.

Jeanne Hahn - Director of Sales & Marketing

Jeanne Hahn - Director of Sales & Marketing

Runner at heart

Scared of heights for no apparent reason

Loves the four seasons of Chicago (even the cold and wind)

Starts listening to Holiday Music way too early

Vince Ottaviano - Associate Director of Sales

Vince Ottaviano - Associate Director of Sales

Avid sports enthusiast

Youth volunteer coach for football, basketball and baseball

Likes to attend craft shows

Christmas fanatic who loves to decorate

Christine Ptack - Senior Sales Manager

Christine Ptack - Senior Sales Manager

Loves being crafty and DIY projects

Contrary to popular opinion, winter is my favorite season

Tricks and treats of Halloween make it my favorite holiday of the year

Working out is my favorite stress reliever

Karen Vavra - Sales Manager

Karen Vavra - Sales Manager

Loves chocolate, but not chocolate ice cream

Considers writing and acting for SNL a “bucket list” job

Loves playing sports, but not a fan of watching them

Would love to try singing and playing an instrument in a band for a one-night gig

Kate Chahmirzadi - Sales Manager

Kate Chahmirzadi - Sales Manager

Certified etiquette and protocol consultant

Enthusiastically sings musicals at the top of her lungs

Loving daughter of a twin and a passionate mother of twins

Self-proclaimed professional Googler of nonsense information

Jennifer Matthews - Sales Manager

Jennifer Matthews - Sales Manager

Voted most school spirited during high school

Loves to travel and recently vacationed in St. Barths

Has been in love with event planning and leadership since 7th grade

Gives time to charity and completed 26.2 miles for the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer

Maria Rucci-Blazek - National Sales Manager

Maria Rucci-Blazek - National Sales Manager

Known for being that super fan mom at her kid’s events

Fan of rainy nights and quiet nights

Famous for her “knock-your-socks-off” apple pies, made with lots of love (and sugar!)

Captures her family moments in Christmas ornaments

Michelle Ferraro - Sales Manager

Michelle Ferraro - Sales Manager

Passionate about gardening and farm-to-table cooking

Enjoys the fresh fall air, vibrant leaf colors and everything pumpkin

Adores volunteering at Lurie Children’s Hospital with 17 years of experience

Believes a good belly laugh is the best medicine in life

Melody Meyer - Sales Manager

Melody Meyer - Sales Manager

Dancer at heart—ballroom, Latin, two step—it doesn’t matter

Visited all 50 states

Applying to be a Daughter of the American Revolution

Cowboy boots are an obsession

Mission:

Q Center is more than a conference center, and our team is here to show you why. With the perfect blend of service, accommodations and technology, we assist our clients and guests in creating a submursive experience for education, collaboration and transformation.