Gretchen is founder and President of McGinn Premier Services – a luxury and corporate travel services company. Gretchen began her career at Align Communications, Inc. an international technology consulting company based in New York City. She worked as a consultant in the financial services market with clients such as Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Credit Suisse First Boston. She relocated to London to open the first branch office for Align and began consulting for Royal Bank of Canada and Citigroup. Gretchen traveled throughout Europe managing installations of trading floor systems and implementing proprietary asset management software.
In early 2000, Gretchen moved to Chicago where she continued working in the technology consulting industry managing relocations for firms such as British Petroleum (BP) and JP Morgan Chase.
Ready for a new challenge, Gretchen stepped away from the technology industry in 2005 and worked as a business development specialist for an architecture firm and catering company. At that time she became involved in several facility and real estate associations including Chicago Chapter of International Facility Management Association (IFMA), where she served as the President of the Chicago Chapter. Other associations Gretchen has been involved with include Construction and Real Estate Network (CoreNet), Alexian Brothers Foundation and The Gift of Adoption Fund (GoAF), and she has contributed to fundraising efforts for Israel Idonije Foundation (IIF), Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (GPCA), and Wounded Warriors Project (WWP).
In 2010 Gretchen founded McGinn Premier Services with the goal of providing personalized and attentive travel, concierge and event services. The concept originated from her time in Europe planning travel and excursions for company personnel as well as clients.
Gretchen’s interests range from outdoor activities, golf in particular, running, biking and camping. Her other hobbies include cooking, music and dancing. Most importantly, Gretchen enjoys spending time with her family who live in Chicago and on the east coast.