T. Colm O’Callaghan was appointed Vice President & Managing Director of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago in November 2006 after leading some of the most renowned hotels in the United States. As head of the management team for the 339-room property, O’Callaghan — a 30-year industry veteran — is involved in every aspect of launching what has become one of the most notable hotel launches Chicago has experienced in decades. O’Callaghan oversees a staff of 500 employees in running Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago’s luxury operation. A native of Killarney, Ireland, O’Callaghan was immersed in the hotel industry as a youth; his family owns a 14-room property, the Failte, which provided a strong foundation for growth in the hospitality business. He attended the Shannon College of Hotel Management in Ireland and then worked in Switzerland and England for one year each before moving to the United States, where he has resided for more than 20 years. O’Callaghan first spent seven years with Hilton Hotels in Chicago, and from there, served two years apiece at three of the country’s leading properties — the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel, Merv Griffin’s Beverly Hilton and the St. Regis in New York City. He returned to Chicago in 2002 to a position at the The Peninsula Hotel as the Director of Food & Beverage and ended his tenure there as the Hotel Manager. O’Callaghan was next tapped as the General Manager of Le Meridien, which, under his direction, transitioned into the Conrad Chicago, a Hilton luxury hotel. O’Callaghan’s guiding philosophy emphasizes refined, personalized service and an attention to detail that will be carried through the property’s opulent rooms, spa, restaurant and lounge, as well as its meeting and event facilities.