Industry Update
Press Release10 August 2010

The Search Has Begun For This Year’s Top 25 Minds In Hospitality Sales And Marketing

HSMAI Announces Call for Nominations for Annual Hot List in conjunction with 2010 HSMAI Adrian Awards

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The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has announced a call for nominations for its eighth annual “hot list” of the HSMAI Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing. The list, which recognizes the remarkable achievement of sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, is presented in conjunction with HSMAI’s Adrian Awards.


“The Top 25 list is a 'who’s who’ of sales and marketing professionals within the industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “Each year the list recognizes new faces and proven sales and hospitality veterans from both established companies and emerging brands. We encourage nominations from all individuals who recognize the groundbreaking work and top-notch creativity of their colleagues that is brining the hospitality arena to new heights.”

All hospitality, travel and tourism industry practitioners and suppliers are eligible for nomination, and submissions must pertain to initiatives developed and implemented since January of 2009. Nominations for the “HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing” should be submitted online at by September 10, 2010.

The 2009 HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing:

  • Peter R. B. Armstrong, Executive Chairman & Founder, Armstrong Group; Owner and Operator of Rocky Mountaineer
  • Laura D. Bajkowski, Principal, Bajkowski & Partners
  • Thomas E. Baker, Jr., President & Partner, Cruise Center
  • Bart Berkey, Director, Ritz-Carlton/Marriott International
  • Lillibeth Bishop, Publicity & Promotions Manager- USA, Hong Kong Tourism Board
  • Roger Bloss, Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Hospitality Group
  • Dr. Eric T. Brey, Director, Center for Resort and Hospitality Business, University of Memphis
  • Barry Brown, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hotel del Coronado/Beach Village at the Del
  • Julie Canning, President & CEO, Banff Lake Louise Tourism
  • Gisìle Danis, Executive Director, Strategic Marketing, Canadian Tourism Commission
  • Chekitan Dev, Associate Professor, Cornell University
  • Michelle Fee, Co-Founder, Cruise Planners/American Express
  • Robert W. Gialloreto, President & CEO, Tourism Victoria
  • Sehrab Grewal, Director of Consumer Marketing, Best Western International
  • Erika Harms, Executive Director, Tourism Sustainability Council
  • Joe Hyman, President & CEO, VIZERGY
  • Tjibbe Lambers, Director, Marketing Analytics, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
  • Michael A. Perhaes, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, MGM Grand Hotel
  • David William Ralls, Partner, AIR Marketing
  • Franck Sarrabezolles, Regional Advertising Manager, The Americas, Emirates
  • Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International
  • Christopher L. Thompson, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA
  • Scott J. Voeller, Vice President of Brand Strategy & Advertising, MGM Mirage
  • Andrew D. Wirth, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Alliances, Intrawest
  • Rosanne Zusman, Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing, Wyndham Hotel Group

The “Top 25” recognition program is held in conjunction with HSMAI’s annual Adrian Awards, which honors the “best of the best” in travel and hospitality marketing in the categories of advertising, public relations and digital marketing. Winners will be recognized at the annual Adrian Awards Gala, January 31, 2011, at the New York Marriott Marquis, and at a VIP reception co-hosted by Expedia Media prior to the Gala. For more information on the Adrian Awards Competition and Gala, visit .

For more information on the Top 25 and the Adrian Awards competition, please contact Desiree LaFont at (703) 506-3297, email [email protected], visit , or follow Adrian Awards news on Twitter at and Facebook at .

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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 HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy Conference, Adrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. Founded in 1927 and celebrating 90 years in 2017, HSMAI is a membership organization comprising more than 5,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at, HSMAI Facebook, HSMAI Twitter, and HSMAI YouTube.

Bo Morris
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