Vijayakumar Raj, CCM, CRDE
Serving since 2019
Vijayakumar “Vijay” Raj was born and raised in Bangalore, India. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in 1991, he moved to the U.S. to study at Johnson & Wales University where he obtained a Master of Science in Hospitality Administration. Vijay has worked in the hospitality industry with companies including Swissotel and Starwood. He has served in different leadership role in the private clubs industry for the past 18 years in Washington, DC and Singapore.Vijay is a Certified Club Manager (CCM) from Club Managers Association of America and a Certified Rooms Division Executive (CRDE) from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Additionally, he has advanced certifications from Cornell University in revenue management, and marketing and food service management. With his extensive background in private clubs and hotels, Vijay brings a thorough understanding of the life cycle and value of members and guests, as well as a passion for new challenges and helping teams achieve long-ter...
Member Experience Manager
Serving since 2016
Nastassia, “Tasha” was raised in sunny San Diego, California. After graduating high school, she opted to join the workforce and gain experience while discovering her passion. Her career journey allowed her to collect a wealth of expertise and obtain many unique continuing education opportunities from becoming certified in Make-up Artistry and Google AdWords to most recently becoming a certified Meeting and Event Planner by way of San Diego State University in 2017.Tasha began her career with ClubCorp in 2016 at The University Club atop Symphony Towers in San Diego. There, she began as the Private Event Coordinator working alongside the Private Event Directors to host a variety of large and small programs for close to 3 years. In 2018, Tasha was promoted to Member Experience Manager specializing in the Club’s programming and communications. She worked as the liaison within the 14 diverse committees helping to coordinate up to 40 events a month while also working to maintain Club Life...
Serving since 2015
Gina was born in Chicago and grew up in Wilmette with her younger sister, Bianca. She attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Gina spent 11 years as a Realtor in residential real estate specializing in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. After enjoying the life in the sun, she moved back to Chicago in the summer of 2015. Gina started at The Mid-America Club shortly after as part of the dynamic Membership Team who exceed goals year after year. She made the transition in March of 2020 to The Metropolitan and looks forward to continued success. Gina lives downtown and enjoys all that the Chicago lifestyle has to offer. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, checking out new restaurants, a great glass of wine and traveling. She is always looking to travel to new destinations and her favorite country to visit is Italy. Gina looks forward to welcoming you, connecting you with other Members and ensuring you enjoy your time at The Metropolitan!
Serving since 2021
Peter was born in Chicago and grew up on the southwest side in Oak Lawn, IL, with his two brothers Lou and George. He attended DePaul University in Chicago, IL, with an Economics and Finance degree. Peter comes from the worlds of finance, fitness, and music. Early in his career, Peter worked on the CBOE, traded on the Mid-America Commodity exchange, and worked for Chemical Bank, Nat West Bank, and others in NYC. Peter started working in the Fitness industry in 2006 as a Membership Advisor and quickly advanced his career to Regional Membership Director for Lakeshore Sport & Fitness. Peter has won countless awards for his sales achievements, breaking club records on national levels. His other true passion in sales is developing and nurturing young professionals. As a World-class DJ, Peter has traveled the world, worked with many world-renowned artists, and created the #1 Indoor Cycling class in Chicago called "Cycle To The Beat."
Senior Private Event Director
Serving since 2013
Lorena was born & raised in the suburbs of Chicago, and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communication Studies. She immediately gained experience in the hospitality industry after college working at Soldier Field. Lorena joined the ClubCorp family in 2013 as a Membership assistant, and loves her role as a Private Event Director. When she's not at work, Lorena enjoys rec league sports with her friends, traveling and listening to music.View Lorena's video business card
Serving since 2020
Chef Dominique grew up in the picturesque Hudson Valley area of NY. Her passion for food has been a part of her whole life, with her family having a French restaurant for seven years and then growing up around the Culinary Institute of America where later she would receive her Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts. After graduating from the CIA, Dominique spent a year at Coach Farm learning how to make goat cheese, selling to some of the top restaurants in NYC and going to weekend farmer's markets. She moved to the midwest to attend Purdue University, where she received her Master's of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Prior to joining the ClubCorp family, Chef Dominique worked for White Lodging at the Marriott in Indianapolis and Omni Hotels & Resorts in Indianapolis and Chicago. Her food philosophy is centered around honoring the ingredients, making fun, approachable food, that will excite the palate and awaken the senses. She believes it's important to have strong relat...
Service and Beverage Director/Sommelier
Serving since 2020
The Metropolitan is proud to welcome Sommelier Mark Canak to the team (once again) as the new Director of Restaurants. Receiving his Sommelier certification with guidance from the world’s best sommeliers, he looks forward to offering unique expertise and expansive knowledge to the Members of The Metropolitan. Beginning his career in the industry at the age of fifteen, Canak is no stranger to the restaurant and bar scene. After moving to the Windy City in 2006, he left his mark as beverage director for many Chicago establishments such as the Park Grill in Millennium Park, Tesori at Chicago Symphony Center and, most recently, ENO Wine Room and Michael Jordan’s Steak House. He has participated in numerous local and national competitions, earning accolades such as third place at Geja's 42nd Annual Pro-Am Wine Tasting Contest and third place in the North America category at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sommelier Star Competition. Canak was even invited back to Sonoma as one of the "Be...