Meet HSMAI's Top 25 Extraordinary Minds of 2019

  • 12.05.19
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI) is thrilled to recognize the brightest minds in the hospitality industry with the 2019 HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing and Revenue Optimization.

These professionals have been selected by a panel of senior industry executives and will be celebrated at the Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala and at a private reception on January 22, 2020, at the New York Marriott Marquis.
HSMAI’s Top 25 Extraordinary Minds have shared innovative ideas and achieved exceptional results in the preceding 18 months. Each of these individuals has exemplified leadership and brilliance in their respective roles. Collectively they are contributing to the bright future of the hospitality industry.

“These 25 leaders are an inspiration to the entire hospitality and tourism industry. Their out-of-the-box thinking, and creativity is setting our industry up for success,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “The future of hospitality is optimistic when we have professionals like HSMAI’s Top 25 who are actively driving advancement, growth, and creativity across sales, marketing, and revenue optimization.”


The HSMAI Americas Top 25 Extraordinary Minds are as follows: 
Tammie Carlisle, Head of Hospitality, Milestone Inc. 
Leah Chandler, Chief Marketing Officer, Discover Puerto Rico 
Alex Ferdinand, Senior Director, Worldwide Sales, Best Western Hotels & Resorts 
Christen Garb, Vice President, Revenue Management-Americas, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts 
Thomas Garzilli, Chief Marketing Officer, Brand USA
Valerie Gavin, Vice President, Hotel Sales & Marketing, North & Central America, Accor 
Lisa Giamo, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, OTO Development 
Kristie Goshow, Chief Marketing Officer, Preferred Hotels & Resorts 
Lauren Grech, CEO, LLG & Adjunct Professor, New York University 
Linda Gulrajani, Vice President, Revenue Strategy & Distribution, Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Patrick Harrison, Chief Marketing Officer, Visit Tampa Bay 
Matt Jones, Head of Analytics, Travel, Google 
Jonathan Kaplan, Vice President, Global Sales Strategy, IHG Hotels & Resorts 
Nancy Kern, Vice President of Marketing, Coral Tree Hospitality 
Jayna Leach, Vice President of Marketing, Visit Panama City Beach 
Caroline MacDonald, Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Rosewood Hotel Group 
Rene Mack, President, Percepture 
Starla Middlebrooks, Director, eCommerce Services, Marriott International 
Frank Passanante, Senior Vice President, Hilton Worldwide Sales Americas, Hilton Worldwide
Derek Price, Director of Business Development, North America, Expedia Group Media Solutions 
Karin Salinas, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Baha Mar
Monica Salter, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Outrigger Hospitality Group 
Phil Yi, Vice President, Marketing, Omni Hotels & Resorts 
Tony Yousfi, Vice President, Sales, MGM Resorts International
Lou Zameryka, Director, Global Chains, 
Tables and tickets for the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala are still available for purchase. For additional information on the HSMAI Adrian Awards and the HSMAI Lifetime Achievement Awards, visit 

Co-located with the Adrian Awards, HSMAI’s Marketing Strategy Conference, on January 22, at the New York Marriot Marquis, is designed to provide practical information, insights, and strategies to drive revenue and engage guests before, during, and after their stays. 

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing and optimize revenue through programs such as the Marketing Strategy Conference, Adrian Awards and HSMAI ROC.

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