Laura Bajkowski to Receive Top 25 Honor at HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala

  • HSMAI
  • 01.14.10
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has selected Laura Bajkowski as one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing for 2009.

The seventh annual list recognizes the best of the best in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, and the recipients will be honored during a private ceremony preceding the Adrian Awards Gala on Feb. 1, 2010, at the New York Marriott Marquis, and will be recognized on-stage at the Gala. 

The 2009 Top 25 recipients were judged by a panel of senior industry executives for their recent work based on the following criteria: creativity and innovation; cutting edge sales or marketing campaigns; triumph in challenging situations; and sales efforts that resulted in dramatic gains. 

Laura Bajkowski, principal of consulting firm Bajkowski + Partners, is a results-driven marketer with 25 years experience with global brands such as Celebrity Cruises, IHG, Forte Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Le Meridien, Choice Hotels, Best Western, Delta Airlines, Lufthansa, Wal-Mart and Saudi Airlines. Her career began with international communication agencies, McCann-Erickson, and JWT, before joining Choice Hotels International as vice president, advertising and marketing communications where she launched an innovative and integrated marketing communications strategy and award-winning campaign. Laura is also a member of the American Marketing Association, Advertising Women of NY and HSMAI, and twice named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Travel by Travel Agent Magazine.

“The Top 25 is a hot list that celebrates the sales and marketing leaders and innovators of our industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “The creative strategies, passionate dedication and sharp intelligence of these professionals have not only made a difference within their organizations but have also truly raised the bar for the hospitality industry as a whole.”

“This honor is especially meaningful to me as I have been recognized by my peers as well as endorsed by HSMAI and I am exceedingly grateful for this acknowledgment,” said Laura. 

In addition to celebrating Laura’s award-winning work, the Gala will recognize the top achievements in advertising, marketing and public relations in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries with the Adrian Award.  

HSMAI is an organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become an industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry, and bringing together customers and members at annual events, including HSMAI's Affordable Meetings. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region.



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