Call For Entries Now Open For HSMAI’s Top 25 Hospitality Sales and Marketing Minds

  • 08.16.13
In advance of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International's (HSMAI) annual Adrian Awards Reception and Gala on Feb. 24, 2014, HSMAI announced the call for entries is now open for the 11th annual list honoring the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing.

As part of HSMAI's Adrian Awards, the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing honors leaders in sales and marketing of hospitality, travel and tourism organizations for their accomplishments in the preceding 18 months. The 2013 award recipients will be celebrated at a private reception hosted by HSMAI and Expedia Media Solutions, and honored at the Feb. 24 Adrian Awards Gala, to be held at the New York Marriott Marquis.

"The Top 25 list honors exceptional hospitality sales and marketing professionals who have continually demonstrated excellent performance and extraordinary leadership," said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO of HSMAI. "The winning individuals represent the some of the most admired leaders in our industry and join the ranks of past winners who continue to advance practices in our field."

The 2012 HSMAI Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing include:
  • Anil Aggarwal: CEO, Milestone Internet Marketing Inc.
  • Uri Argov: Founder & CEO, Tourico Holidays Inc., a Travel Holdings Co.
  • Brian Best: Corporate Vice President of e-Commerce, Boyd Gaming Corp.
  • James Boyd: Vice President, Public Relations, Americas Region, Singapore Airlines
  • Elizabeth P. Cambra: Corporate Director, Pricing & Revenue Optimization, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts
  • Lawrence Cassenti: Senior Manager, Marketing & e-Commerce, Marriott International
  • Sloan F. Dean III: Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
  • Nancy Deck: Vice President, Multi-Brand & Loyalty Marketing, Hilton Worldwide
  • Gareth Gaston: Senior Vice President, Global e-Commerce, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Melissa Graves: Director of Revenue, Platinum Hotel and Spa, Marcus Hotels & Resorts
  • Cedar Hames: CEO & Chief Strategy Officer, Paradise Advertising & Marketing Inc.
  • John Lee: Vice President, Brand Marketing, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Worldwide
  • Marina MacDonald: Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Red Roof Inn
  • David Pavelk Head of Travel, Google Inc.
  • Garth Peterson: Regional Director of Sales, IDeaS Revenue Solutions
  • Donna Quadri-Felitti, Ph.D.: Clinical Associate Professor, New York University, Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism & Sports Management
  • Andre Rojer: Marketing Manager, North America, Curaçao Tourist Board
  • Mark Sergot: Vice President, Global Sales, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International
  • Steven Sickel: Senior Vice President, Distribution & Relationship Marketing, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Maureen Siman: Executive Director, Public Relations, Revel
  • Craig Smith: Managing Director, Communications, Best Western International
  • Chris Thompson: President & CEO, Brand USA
  • Brian Tkac: Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Hostmark Hospitality Group
  • Leigh von der Esch: Managing Director, Utah Office of Tourism
  • George Zimmermann: Vice President, Travel Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corp.

"HSMAI is a career launcher and to be in this group is humbling," said 2012 Top 25 honoree Sloan Dean. "It's a great to have our work recognized and a great honor."

To learn insights on the state of the industry from recent Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing, read the HSMAI's Marketing Review from Dec. 2012.

In order to nominate a deserving individual, please visit and complete the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing entry form. There is no cost to nominate a potential recipient and entries close Sept. 16. Nominees are reviewed by a panel of industry experts who have been selected by HSMAI from its membership and board of directors.

Tables and tickets for the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala are now available for purchase. For information on the Adrian Awards competition, email, visit, or follow Adrian Awards news on Twitter at  

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