2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Wednesday June 8th - Saturday June 11th
29 Mar 2016

We have made arrangements for golf during your stay in Chicago at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette, IL. Westmoreland is a private, park-like course that has been recently renovated by golf architect Arthur Hills. The course is about a 30-40 minute drive from the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and HDMZ.

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Golf will be available on the following days:

Tuesday, June 7th            tee off after 12:00 PM

Wednesday, June 8th       tee off between 8:00-9:00 AM

Saturday, June 11th         tee off after 1:00 PM

Sunday, June 12th            tee off after 2:00 PM

The fee for golf is $240 USD per person per round and covers golf, caddy and refreshments.

As Westmoreland does not accept payment from non-members, your fee will be given to Frank Callahan, who will handle payment with the club on his monthly bill.

Clubs will be available for rent. You can also purchase golf equipment, shoes, clothing and accessories at the Westmoreland Pro Shop. Euros, checks, and credit and debit cards will not be accepted. The shop takes USD only.

If you will be playing golf, please email frank.callahan@hdmz with your preferred date and time.
Once we have collected the responses, we will let you know who has signed up and arrange further details.

Helpful Travel Tips:

  1. Plan ahead for the Chicago weather by visiting weather.com.
  2. For transportation to the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (112 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL), you can take a cab from Chicago O’Hare Airport. Many cabs will not accept credit or debit cards, so please ask before riding. The cost will be approximately $30-$40 USD and an additional 15% “tip” for the driver.
  3. You can use your Uber account from both Chicago O’Hare Airport and Chicago Midway Airport.
  4. You can also contact LaSalle Limo Service at (773) 594-9991 and request a limo. It will arrive approximately 15 minutes after your call. The cost is approximately $50 USD. Drivers will expect a “tip” of 15%.
  5. ATMs will be available at Chicago O’Hare Airport and Chicago Midway Airport.
15 Mar 2016


Wednesday, June 8th

Attendees arrive and register at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (CAAH) – Michigan Ave

4:00 – 5:30 PM                   Board meeting at the CAAH

5:30 – 6:00 PM                   Prepare for reception

6:00 – 9:00 PM                   Welcoming cocktail reception at Cindy’s


Thursday, June 9th

7:30 – 8:30 AM                   Breakfast in the Evers Room (CAAH)

8:30 – 9:30 AM                   Welcome & Confrad Annual Report

9:30 – 9:45 AM                   Morning break

9:45 – 12:00 PM                 Agency Summaries & Case Studies


12:15 – 1:30 PM                 Lunch in the Evers Room

1:30 – 3:30 PM                   Afternoon Session – Agency Case Studies

3:30 – 4:00 PM                   Train to Miller-Coors offices

4:00 – 5:30 PM                   Miller-Coors Beer presentation & facility tour

5:30 – 5:40 PM                   Walk to Water Taxi

5:40 – 6:00 PM                   Water Taxi to Chopping Block

6:00 – 6:30 PM                   Merchandise Mart Visit

6:30 – 9:30 PM                   Chopping Block cooking class and dinner

9:30 PM                                Social outing (Andy’s Jazz or the like)


Friday, June 10th

7:30 – 8:30 AM                    Continental breakfast – Evers Room

8:30 – 9:00 AM                   Walk to American Lung Association Conference Room by HDMZ offices (55 W Wacker)

9:00 – 9:30 AM                    Morning Opening Remarks

9:30 – 10:30 AM                  Guest speaker: Dana Anderson, CMO of Mondelez International

10:30 – 10:45 AM                Morning break

10:45 – 12:00 PM                Morning Session – Board Member Workshop

12:00 – 12:15 PM                Walk to lunch


12:15 – 1:45 PM                Lunch  – Bridge House Tavern

1:45 – 2:00 PM                  Walk to HDMZ

2:00 – 5:30 PM                  Afternoon Sessions – Board Member Workshop and The Golden Bull Award

5:30 – 7:00 PM                  Great ready for the evening

7:00 PM                              Meet for Water Taxi – Walk to dock

7:20 – 7:40 PM                  Water Taxi on the Chicago River

8:00 – 11:00 PM                Dinner at Erie Café


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Your Agenda for Confrad’s 2016 AGM

01 Mar 2016

The first night in Chicago for Confrad’s 2016 AGM will consist of a cocktail reception and dinner at one of Chicago’s most historically rich locations, The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Founded by a group of prominent businessmen in the 1890’s, the Chicago Athletic Association offered membership to only the most elite Chicagoans, making the experience quite exclusive. Since then, the club has been transformed into a hotel that offers every modern convenience, while maintaining the vibe of 19th century luxury.

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The reception and dinner will be held in the hotel’s rooftop restaurant & bar, Cindy’s. Often referred to as “the jewel in the crown The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel,” Cindy’s offers panoramic views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Lake Michigan, and more. The cuisine is headed up by executive chef Christian Ragano, who is known for his success at Tru, NoMi, and several other renown restaurants. With a menu that offers classic comfort and culinary invention, you are sure to embark on a remarkable culinary experience that will complement an extraordinary view of the city.

From Cindy’s website:

With seasonal freshness reflected in both food and drink, the rooftop dons the relaxed ambiance of a Great Lakes beach house with a view. Executive Chef Christian Ragano, creator of Glencoe’s much loved Guildhall, and former Chef de Cuisine at NoMi,  joins forces with Chef de Cuisine Jeff Arasi, and renowned Spirit Guide and alumni of The Violet Hour, Nandini Khaund, to bring classic comfort and culinary invention via large format style dining over cocktails and apothecaries.

12 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone (312) 792-3502