Joel Contor - Retail Innovation Conference & Expo

Joel Contor

Joel Contor

Director of Sales and Marketing

Kimpton Gray Hotel Chicago

Joel Contor has been the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Kimpton Gray Hotel Chicago, since August 2020. With a true passion for hospitality, Contor has experience in both aviation and hotels, and understands the travel experiences in its entirety. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Contor took a leap in moving to America in 2014 to find his true calling in hotels. His first hotel position was assisting with the opening of the first-ever Virgin Hotel – Chicago. He was with Virgin Hotels from 2014-2016 in various direct sales roles. In 2016, he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to join a team launching the first Kimpton Hotel in the area, the Journeyman. He grew his career there beginning as a Sales Manager and growing into an Associate Director of Sales role in 2018. With his heart back in Chicago, he jumped at the opportunity to join the Kimpton Gray Hotel as Associate Director of Sales in August 2019. Prior to his promotion, Contor was the Associate Director of Sales at this Top 10 TripAdvisor property. Outside of work, Contor loves staying with his family back home in Australia as well as spending quality time with his friends in the states, which have become his American family. Excited for the next step in his career journey, Contor is dedicated to keeping the heart of hospitality shining at the Kimpton Gray Hotel Chicago. He constantly keeps his hospitality passion alive with a commitment of fostering and reimagining the next Kimpton experience.

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