The annual recognition program exemplifies Sales, Catering, and Event Service team members within the Hilton Worldwide family, who achieve their annual sales and catering revenue goals. Credit: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.

CHICAGO - The AAA Five-Diamond Waldorf Astoria Chicago is honored to congratulate Ashley Ochse, Director of Catering & Events for being recognized with the Hilton Worldwide 2015 Circle of Excellence Award for placing in the top 10 percent of the luxury catering sales professionals in the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand.

The annual recognition program exemplifies Sales, Catering, and Event Service team members within the Hilton Worldwide family, who achieve their annual sales and catering revenue goals. To be eligible to receive this prestigious award, team members were required to complete training courses, earn a positive performance score, demonstrate leadership qualities, and achieve sales excellence.

“Ashley is an asset to the Waldorf Astoria Chicago and to Hilton Worldwide for her luxury sales and catering expertise, as well as for her spirit in creating unforgettable moments for her clients,” said Melissa Lorenz, director of sales & marketing. Hilton Worldwide recognized Ashley as a first time recipient at the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award ceremony held on June 1, 2016 at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 4,600 hotels worldwide. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through will have access to benefits including digital check-in and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Lynda Simonetti
Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Julia Goodwin
Henson Consulting

About the Waldorf Astoria Chicago
The AAA Five-Diamond Waldorf Astoria is a 60-story hotel and residences designed by architect Lucien Lagrange emulating the grand hotels of Paris in the 1920's and is located in the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood adjacent to the most exclusive shops, restaurants, nightlife, recreation/beach, and business. Through innovations in service and technology, the 215-room hotel creates an energetic and fashion forward luxury experience complete with an award-winning 14,000 square-foot spa & health club, nearly 9,000 square feet of private event space, distinct dining offerings including The Kitchen at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Bernard's Bar, the Lobby Lounge, and 24-hour in-room dining. To explore the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, please visit or call (312) 646-1300. Follow on social media at,,, and

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of nearly 30 iconic properties that create a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 863,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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