PETER WINKLER | President
I was born and raised just outside the Bavarian city of Nürnberg and moved to the United States when I was 22. After 1 ½ years as a management trainee in Boston, I moved to Chicago and have worked for several large hotels and hotel corporate offices. In my current role, I am in charge of online marketing for over 850 hotels. With a strong background in revenue management, my skills also include managing several multi-million dollar budgets, driving top-line revenues, diversifying income sources, optimizing distribution channels, and developing and implementing new business ideas.
In my leisure time, I enjoy attending music events ranging from symphony performances to rock concerts, but also play the accordion. I also recently picked up photography as a new hobby and started several art projects from “German traces in Chicago” to “Mexico and the VW Beetle.” I am also a big fan of German events in the city and do not hesitate bringing out my original Lederhosen.
I am continuing to combine the modern Germany that I grew up in with the traditions of my heritage and ensure both the contemporary and the folklore Germany is evangelized through DANK. In addition, I have been utilizing my strong business sense to make DANK a successful association.