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Village of Maywood Trustee-Elect,

Nathaniel George Booker

Nathaniel George Booker is a 3rd generation Village of Maywood homeowner, with his family being residents of Maywood since 1961. His education includes Tennessee State University (BS Psychology), American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute (AHLEI) (Certified Hospitality Trainer), Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (Illinois Economic Development Certified) and much more. 

Nathaniel has served in Executive Hotel Operations and Human Resources for Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide (Highgate Hotels), along with InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG). After serving in the hospitality industry for 15 years he rose to Area Director in Training & Performance Improvement for IHG overseeing InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, and EVEN Hotel brands corporate properties. Career ambitions have had him serve in Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Dallas, and New York. Booker currently serves as Founder & Chief Engagement Officer of Astute Culture Consulting an Organizational & Leadership Development enterprise. 

An avid advocate of community engagement, Nathaniel has partnered with the National Urban League, 100 Black Men of America, Future Business Leadership of America, United Nations – Sustainable Development Goals, Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action (PLCCA), and Illinois TeenREACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope). Now a homeowner in Maywood, Illinois a Chicago Cook County western suburb within the Proviso Township, Nathaniel is active in the following:

  • Economic Development Commission Commissioner

Nathaniel is also involved in a variety of organizations and initiatives that focus on prosperity for all in business, community economic development, and quality of life. Nathaniel George Booker a man of integrity, authenticity and great purpose endeavors to foster public prosperity by serving as a catalyst for revitalization, reconciliation and renewal of his community. He was elected as a Village Trustee on April 2, 2019.


Village of Maywood Trustee

Antonio sanchez

Antonio Sanchez was born and raised in the Maywood area, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois Champaign- Urbana, where he studied Economics. After graduation Antonio held positions at local school districts as an Accounting Manager. In 2011, while working full time as an accountant for a technology firm downtown, eager for his turn to help run the family business, Antonio devoted his spare time to help run Mariella’s Banquet Hall. Although Antonio has always helped his father, he was ready to go one hundred percent.

Antonio spent the next five years working hard to completely learn the business and it was then he decided it was time to fulfill his own dream, start his very own business. With help from his Father, encouragement from his family and in an effort to revive the 5th Avenue business district in Maywood, Antonio and his father purchased the building next to the existing banquet hall which gave rise to Ella’s. Ella’s is a smaller modern venue that accommodates more intimate family, social and business gatherings.

With Ella’s completed and ready to go, Antonio’s next fete involved the community. As a Maywood resident, Antonio wants to see his community flourish, and in 2017 Antonio was elected to serve as Trustee for the Village of Maywood. Antonio has also organized yearly toy drives since 2015 to benefit local organizations. With the help of the community, Antonio has donated over 1,000 toys matching every donation received.

In his spare time, Antonio and his wife, Erica Sanchez, enjoy their adventures with their son, Antonio #3. Whether it’s exploring the city, long bike rides or taking a stroll through the zoo. Antonio and Erica look forward to raising their family in Maywood and have made a commitment to help the community through their public work.