HSMAI Announces the Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing

  • 01.07.11
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) announced its eighth annual who’s who list of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing.

The honorees, who have habitually exemplified traits indicative of the best sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, will be honored during a private ceremony preceding the HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala on Jan. 31, 2011, at the New York Marriott Marquis, and recognized at the Gala. 

“The honorees on this year’s Top 25 list have displayed a pattern of excellence, inspiration and top-notch results in their respective industries,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “The list is a who’s who of sales and marketing professionals from the worlds of hospitality, travel and tourism.”
Recipients were nominated through a call for entries to the industry at-large and judged by a panel of senior industry executives.  Nominators were asked to submit specific sales and marketing accomplishments of the nominee with examples that support the individual’s implementation of an innovative strategy, the story of overcoming a specific challenge, or the development/implementation of a cutting-edge campaign. 

The 2010 HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing include:

  • David Bratton: managing partner, Destination Analysts, Inc.
  • Todd Castor:  area director of e-commerce, Marriott International
  • Andressa F. Chapman: director of marketing, Wild Dunes Resort
  • Ty Christian: managing partner, TRC Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Danielle Saba Courtenay: chief marketing officer, Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
  • Victoria Feldman de Falc: principal, Redpoint Marketing PR, Inc.
  • Anne Fischer: director of digital marketing, Busch Entertainment Corporation
  • Andrew Ross Freeman: owner, Andrew Freeman & Co.
  • Heny Gabay: vice president marketing, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Brian Hall: chief marketing officer, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission
  • Susan Helstab: executive vice president of marketing, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Audrey Hendley: vice president marketing, American Express
  • Steven Heydt: president and chief operating officer, Elite Island Resorts
  • David A. Keys: regional vice president of sales and marketing, Eastern USA and Canada- Hilton Worldwide
  • Steven M. Lambert: director, administration and industry relations, New York University
  • Ric Leutwyler: chief operating officer, Pegasus Solutions Inc.
  • Jody B. Merl: president, Innovative Travel Marketing, Inc.
  • Pat Moscaritol: president and CEO, Greater Boston Convention & Visitor Bureau
  • Michele Nichols: founder, Unique Venues
  • William C. Pate: president and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Tracy Quan: director, brand communications, Royal Caribbean International
  • Scott Schult: executive vice president, marketing, Myrtle Beach Area CVB
  • Kelly Schulz: vice president, communications and public relations, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Heather Allison Smith: director of sales and marketing, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
  • Mark D. Thompson: vice president of marketing, Irving Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau

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, and at a ceremony and VIP reception co-hosted by Expedia Media Solutions prior to the Gala. Tables and tickets for the HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala are on sale now. HSMAI will also be holding a Digital Marketing Strategy Conference Feb. 1, the day after the Gala, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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