Hospitality Industry Mourns Loss of Celebrated Leader, Mike Dimond

  • 06.27.08
The hospitality industry suffered a loss with the death of Michael J. “Shiny” Dimond, 67, who passed away after suffering a heart attack this week. 

Widely recognized as one of the top hotel marketing executives in the nation, Dimond’s career spanned more than four decades. He served in top management and marketing positions with Hyatt Regency Hotels; the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.; Doral in Miami, Fla.; the Boca Raton Hotel & Club in Boca Raton, Fla.; and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nev.  In addition, Dimond served as senior vice president of marketing for Gaylord Entertainment Company. One of the many milestones of his illustrious career included the branding and positioning of Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, placing Nashville on the map as a convention destination.

He retired from The Broadmoor as the senior vice president of sales and marketing in 2006, and was one of the most celebrated leaders in the leisure and hospitality industry. He believed in giving back to the industry he loved and was active in numerous professional organizations, serving on the boards of both the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Meeting Planners International (MPI).

Dimond was the recipient of the ASAE’s Academy of Leaders Award, MPI’s Supplier of the Year Award, was named Sales Executive of the Year for Insurance Conference Planners, and is a member of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s (HSMAI) Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the prestigious Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Hall of Leaders in 2002 and honored as one of The 25 Most Extraordinary Sales & Marketing Minds in Hospitality & Travel for 2003 by HSMAI.  He also received the Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive (CHME) designation from HSMAI.

Dimond was born Feb. 2, 1941 in Lima, Ohio and was a graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School and University of Dayton.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Steve, mother, Lee, and father, Ward. 

Dimond is survived by his wife, Lou; daughter, Debbie Stahl, and her husband, Tom, of Columbus, Ohio; son, Michael, of Nashville, Tenn.; step daughter, Lucy Swayze, and her husband, Charlie, of Greenwood, Miss.; step daughter, Jenny Mutter, of San Francisco, Calif.;  sister, Carol Mingarelle, and her husband, Patrick, of Erie, Pa.; brother, Drew, and his wife, Nancy, of Nashville, Tenn.; granddaughter, Gabriel, Debbie and Tom’s daughter; and six nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, it has been requested that donations can be made to the HSMAI Foundation Scholarship Fund, 1760 Old Meadow Rd., Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102 (703-506-3280).

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