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HSMAI Welcomes Nominations for Lifetime Achievement and Top 25 Minds Awards

  • 07.20.18

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Americas is accepting nominations for its Lifetime Achievement Awards and The Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing and Revenue Optimization. Awards will be presented to honorees during the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception & Gala on Jan. 22, 2019 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

HSMAI’s Lifetime Achievement awards, 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 here. The HSMAI Lifetime Awards Committee, which comprises previous recipients, will review all nominations and select this year’s winners.

In 2017, Edwin “Ed” Fuller, president, Laguna Strategic Advisors, was honored with the Albert E. Koehl Award and Terence “Terry” Gallagher, president, Lou Hammond Group, received the Winthrop W. Grice Award.

“Many of the advances within the hospitality industry are spurred by the visionary ideas and contributions of dedicated individuals over the course of their lifelong careers,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “On behalf of the HSMAI Lifetime Awards committee, I encourage hospitality professionals to take some time to consider seasoned travel professionals who have played such a role in the field, and to nominate them.”

Each year, HSMAI honors The HSMAI Top 25: Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Optimization. This list showcases exceptional sales and marketing leaders of hospitality, travel, and tourism organizations for their accomplishments in the preceding 18 months. Nominations can be made here, until Aug. 22, 2018. 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 are a tangible way to celebrate senior-level hospitality professionals whose innovative thinking consistently generates tremendous results and also challenges and inspires colleagues at their organizations and across the travel industry,” said Gilbert.

HSMAI will honor The Top 25 in conjunction with the Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala, and in a private ceremony.

The following individuals were celebrated as the 2017 Top 25: Extraordinary Minds:
Chris Anderson, chief commercial officer, White Lodging
Krista Bentley, strategic accounts director, Expedia Media Solutions
Michael Cady, VP, marketing, Charlestowne Hotels
Adriaan Coppens, chief executive officer, OTA Insight
Kelly Dalton, director of communications, Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Kyle Rutledge Edmiston, assistant secretary, Louisiana Office of Tourism
Elliott Ferguson, president & CEO, Destination DC
Leon Goldberg, complex director sales & marketing, New York Marriott Marquis & The Sheraton New York Times Square
Terri Haack, president, Terranea
Katie Johnson, senior director of branding & marketing, Two Roads Hospitality
Christine Lawson, SVP, Loews Sales Organization, Loews Hotels & Co.
Robert Levine, vice president hotel revenue optimization & customer care, Seminole Gaming
Sarah Beam Lukas, director, RitzCarlton.com, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Kerry Mack, EVP of revenue & distribution, Highgate
Mariana Mechoso Safer, SVP, global marketing, HEBS Digital
Chris Nixon, AVP of revenue optimization, Ashford
Joelle Park, senior director all suites marketing, Hilton
Tammy Peter, VP distribution & connectivity strategy, Wyndham Hotel Group
Tim Peter, president, Tim Peter & Associates
Tim Sullivan, chief sales & marketing officer, Cendyn
Jenny Thomassian, head of travel marketing & sales, Google
Amanda Voss, vice president of sales, Park MGM Las Vegas
Dan Wacksman, senior vice president of marketing and distribution, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts
Kurt Weinsheimer, senior vice president of property solutions, Sojern
Ernest Wooden, president and CEO, Los Angeles Convention & Tourism Board

Building on a more than 60-year legacy as one of 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. The HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala, Jan. 22, 2019 at the New York Marriott Marquis, will celebrate recipients of the Adrian Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards, and the Top 25.

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