The Search has Begun for this Year's Top 25 Minds in Hospitality Sales and Marketing

  • 08.10.10
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has announced a call for nominations for its eighth annual HSMAI Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing.

The list, which recognizes the remarkable achievement of sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, is presented in conjunction with HSMAI’s Adrian Awards.

“The Top 25 list is a who’s who of sales and marketing professionals within the industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI.  “Each year the list recognizes new faces and proven sales and hospitality veterans from both established companies and emerging brands. We encourage nominations from all individuals who recognize the groundbreaking work and top-notch creativity of their colleagues that is brining the hospitality arena to new heights.”

All hospitality, travel and tourism industry practitioners and suppliers are eligible for nomination, and submissions must pertain to initiatives developed and implemented since January of 2009. Nominations for the HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing should be submitted online at by September 10, 2010.

The 2009 HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing include:

  • Peter R. B. Armstrong, executive chairman and founder, Armstrong Group; owner and operator of Rocky Mountaineer
  • Laura D. Bajkowski, principal, Bajkowski & Partners
  • Thomas E. Baker, Jr., president and partner, Cruise Center
  • Bart Berkey, director, Ritz-Carlton/Marriott International
  • Lillibeth Bishop, publicity and promotions manager - USA, Hong Kong Tourism Board
  • Roger Bloss, founder, president, chief executive officer, Vantage Hospitality Group
  • Dr. Eric T. Brey, director, Center for Resort and Hospitality Business, University of Memphis
  • Barry Brown, director of sales and marketing, Hotel del Coronado/Beach Village at the Del
  • Julie Canning, president and CEO, Banff Lake Louise Tourism
  • Gisìle Danis, executive director, strategic marketing, Canadian Tourism Commission
  • Chekitan Dev, associate professor, Cornell University
  • Michelle Fee, co-founder, Cruise Planners/American Express
  • Robert W. Gialloreto, president and CEO, Tourism Victoria
  • Sehrab Grewal, director of consumer marketing, Best Western International
  • Erika Harms, executive director, Tourism Sustainability Council
  • Joe Hyman, president and CEO, VIZERGY
  • Tjibbe Lambers, director, marketing analytics, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
  • Michael A. Perhaes, assistant vice president, marketing, MGM Grand Hotel
  • David William Ralls, partner, AIR Marketing
  • Franck Sarrabezolles, regional advertising manager, The Americas, Emirates
  • Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International
  • Christopher L. Thompson, president and CEO, VISIT FLORIDA
  • Scott J. Voeller, vice president of brand strategy and advertising, MGM MIRAGE
  • Andrew D. Wirth, senior vice president of marketing and strategic alliances, Intrawest
  • Rosanne Zusman, senior vice president, brand marketing, Wyndham Hotel Group

The Top 25 recognition program is held in conjunction with HSMAI’s annual Adrian Awards, which honors the best of the best in travel and hospitality marketing in the categories of advertising, public relations and digital marketing. Winners will be recognized at the annual Adrian Awards Gala, January 31, 2011, at the New York Marriott Marquis, and at a VIP reception co-hosted by Expedia Media prior to the Gala.

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