HSMAI Accepting Nominations for Top 25 Minds and Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • 08.01.17
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is seeking nominations for the HSMAI Lifetime Achievement Awards and the association’s awards honoring the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing and Revenue Optimization.

Honorees will be celebrated during the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception & Gala on Feb. 20, 2018 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 recognize individuals who have spent a significant portion of their careers in the hospitality and travel profession and have contributed to the betterment of the industry in a noteworthy and lasting way, over an extended period of time.
Nominations for awards can be made at www.adrianawards.com/gala/lifetime.asp. The HSMAI Lifetime Awards Committee, which is composed of previous recipients, will review all nominations and select this year’s winners.
Randy Smith, chairman and co-founder, STR, was the 2016 recipient of the Albert E. Koehl Award recipient. Melanie Brandman, founder and CEO, The Brandman Agency, was honored last year with the Winthrop W. Grice Award.
“I join the HSMAI Lifetime Awards Committee in encouraging industry members to nominate leaders of the field whose contributions have had a substantial impact on the hospitality and travel profession,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO of HSMAI.
Each year, HSMAI honors The HSMAI Top 25: Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing and Revenue Optimization. This list recognizes leaders in sales and marketing of hospitality, travel, and tourism organizations for their accomplishments in the preceding 18 months. Nominations can be made at www.hsmaitop25.com until Sept. 15, 2017. The “Top 25” awardees will be selected by a panel of senior industry executives based on creativity and innovation, cutting-edge sales or marketing campaigns, triumph in challenging situations and sales efforts that resulted in dramatic gains.
“The Top 25 awards give well-deserved recognition to an extraordinary group individuals whose creative and strategic contributions have helped advance the hospitality industry,” Gilbert said.
HSMAI will honor The Top 25 in conjunction with the Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala, and in a private ceremony co-hosted by Questex Hospitality + Travel.
The 2016 Top 25: Extraordinary Minds were:
Justin Barnette: Manager, Marketing & Communications USA, South African Tourism
DC Becker: Principal & Co-Owner, Titan Group of New York
Josh Belkin: VP & General Manager, North America, Hotels.com
Bree Brostko: Managing Director, Kindred Resorts & Hotels
Bonnie Buckhiester: President, Buckhiester Management Limited
Patrick Campbell: Director of Advertising, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Lisa Checchio: VP, Brand Marketing and Insights, Wyndham Hotel Group
Britton Cordill: Director of Marketing & eCommerce, Marriott International
Santiago Corrada: President/CEO, Visit Tampa Bay
Chris Flatt: EVP of Hotel Sales & Marketing, Wynn Las Vegas
Isaac Gerstenzang: Assistant Vice President, Corporate E-Commerce, Two Roads Hospitality
Jennifer Hill: Regional Director, Revenue & Distribution, Highgate
Daniel Hostettler: President and Group Managing Director, Ocean House Management Collection
Danny Hughes: Senior Vice President & Commercial Director, Hilton Worldwide
Victoria Isley: Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Bermuda Tourism Authority
Cherry Kam: Director, Marketing Communications/Americas, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Lynn Kaniper: Owner/President, Dana Communications
Leora Halpern Lanz: Lecturer, Boston University School of Hospitality Administration
Michael Lau: Regional Director of Revenue Management, Accor Hotels
Lisa Ross: President and Partner, rbb Communications
Ed Skapinok: Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Hostmark Hospitality Group
Edgar Tapan: Head of Industry, Travel, Google
Paolo Torchio: VP Digital & E-Commerce, Two Roads Hospitality
Vicki Varela: Managing Director, Utah Office of Tourism, Film & Global Branding
Daniel Wise: Founder & Chief Product Architect, revcaster - a Rainmaker company
Building on a 60-year legacy as the most prestigious travel advertising, public relations and digital marketing competition, the HSMAI Adrian Awards honor innovative, results-oriented campaigns focused on hospitality, travel and tourism industries. Entries in this year’s competition, which is open to HSMAI members and non-members, will be accepted until Sept. 15.

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