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HSMAI Accepting Award Nominations

  • 08.08.14
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is now accepting nominations for its Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing and its Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Both awards will be presented during the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception & Gala on Feb. 23, 2015, at the New York Marriott Marquis.
The Albert E. Koehl Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Marketing and the Winthrop W. Grice Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Public Relations awards recognize individuals who have spent a major portion of their careers in the hospitality and travel profession and have contributed to the betterment of the industry in a significant and lasting way, over an extended period of time.

Last year, David Kong, Best Western International president and CEO, received the Albert E. Koehl Award and Richard S. Kahn, Kahn Travel Communications president and owner, received the Winthrop W. Grice Award. Previous winners include Bill Marriott, Richard Branson, Mike Leven, Jonathan Tisch, Ian Schrager, Steve Wynn and Donald Trump, among others.
“We are proud to recognize some of the industry’s greatest minds and careers with our Lifetime Achievement award,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president & CEO of HSMAI.

All nominations are reviewed and voted on by the HSMAI Lifetime Award Committee, comprised of previous award recipients. Nominations for this year’s award can be made at http://www.adrianawards.com/gala/lifetime.asp.

The Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing  honor leaders in sales and marketing of hospitality, travel and tourism organizations for their accomplishments in the preceding 18 months. Nominations can be made at http://www.adrianawards.com/competition/top25.asp.

“To be named to the top 25 list confirms that a hospitality sales and marketing professional has shown great leadership and performed at a high level in the industry,” Gilbert said.

The 2013 Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing were:

  • Benu Aggarwal: President and founder, Milestone Internet Marketing
  • Robert Arnold: Vice president of sales, Vizergy
  • David Atkins: Principal and co-founder, Digital DNA Infusion, LLC
  • Ursula Boll: President, Miles Hospitality Division, Miles
  • Michelle Bozoki: Director of marketing & e-Commerce, Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts
  • George Brennan: Executive vice president of sales and marketing, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
  • Kathleen Cullen: Vice president, revenue and distribution, Commune Hotels & Resorts
  • Michael Dominguez: Senior vice president of Corporate Hotel Sales, MGM Resorts International
  • Jack Easdale: Vice president of yield management, Venetian and Palazzo Hotel and Casino
  • Steve Enselein: Vice president catering and convention services – Americas, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Amir Eylon: Vice president, Partner Engagement, BRAND USA
  • Janet Gerhard: Founder/principal consultant, Hospitality Gal
  • Loren Gray: Director of e-Commerce, Ocean Properties, LTD
  • Adele Gutman Milne: Vice president sales, marketing and revenue, Library Hotel Collection
  • Christian Kuhn: Vice president, Extended Stay Marketing, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites, Hilton Worldwide
  • Theresa Lewis: Vice president, market research, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Jaclyn Lo: Senior marketing manager lodging, Google Inc.
  • Glen MacDonell: Managing director of loyalty and partnership marketing, Best Western International
  • Joey Martin: Director of promotional marketing, Choice Hotels International
  • Larry Mogelonsky: President, LMA Communications Inc.
  • Kasey O’Leary: Senior director Multi-Brands & HHonors Marketing, Hilton Worldwide
  • Harold Queisser: Director of sales and marketing, Omni Dallas
  • Andrew Rubinacci: Vice president, distribution strategy, Intercontinental Hotels Group
  • Mickey Schaefer: CEO and founder, The Experience Institute
  • Noah Paul Tratt: Global vice president at Expedia Media Solutions, Expedia Inc.

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