Cultural managements

Schaumburg recruits new director of cultural services for McCormick Place

The Village of Schaumburg has hired Tiana Weiler, currently Director of Events Management for McCormick Place in Chicago, as its third Director of Cultural Services.

Weiler, who will succeed recently retired Jack Netter next month, has held her current role at McCormick Place since 2012 and previously served as the facility’s assistant director of events management.

In both of those roles, Weiler managed the nation’s largest convention center and supervised more than 10 event managers as well as staff at the Arie Crown Theater, village officials said.

“I am thrilled to begin this new chapter in Schaumburg at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts,” Weiler said in a statement. “As someone with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality and event planning industry, I am a strong leader in venue operations and I believe my experience will help me continue long tradition of bringing quality arts and entertainment to the Schaumburg community.”

Weiler will oversee the village department that programs Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts events, as well as special events such as Septemberfest, the Prairie Arts Festival, the Volunteer of the Year Awards Luncheon and others.

Before coming to Chicago, Weiler coordinated events at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 2000 to 2007 and previously worked for the Minnesota Orchestral Association from 1993 to 2000.


Schaumburg officials said the skills and experience she brings to her new role include strategic planning, event planning and coordination, reservations and sales, and customer service.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Weiler to the Schaumburg leadership team as the next leader of the Prairie Center,” Village Manager Brian Townsend said in a statement. “Ms. Weiler’s background in the arts, events and administration positions her well to ensure a seamless transition into managing the operations and programs of the Cultural Services Department. I look forward to working with Ms. Weiler and to maintain Schaumburg as a destination for arts and entertainment.”

Weiler is expected to begin his employment at Schaumburg on June 6.

Netter had been with the village for over 35 years when he retired. He succeeded Betsy Armistead as department head in 2018.

More recently, Netter has been credited with keeping the cultural services department together during the near-total pandemic shutdown as well as getting services and events back on track for 2022.

Production supervisor Rob Pileckis has served as acting director since Netter’s retirement.