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Press Release24 February 2021

HSMAI Welcomes a New 2021 Americas Board

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The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is proud to announce the members of its 2021 Americas Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The board is composed of senior travel and hospitality executives from a representative selection of HSMAI member organizations.


"Now more than ever, the hospitality industry needs strong leadership that will guide the road to recovery. HSMAI's 2021 Americas Board is prepared to guide our organization through the new normal," said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO of HSMAI. "The Americas Board members have exemplified their resilience during the pandemic. It is an honor to have a diverse group of hospitality, sales, marketing, and revenue optimization experts comprise the board."

HSMAI Americas Executive Committee members:

Chair: Marina MacDonald, CHDM, Chief Marketing Officer, Red Roof

Chair Elect: John Washko, Vice President of Exhibitions & Convention Sales, Mohegan Sun

Vice Chair: Andrew Rubinacci, CHSP, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Omni Hotels & Resorts

Treasurer: Michael Innocentin, Vice President of E-Commerce & Digital, North & Central America, Accor

Immediate Past Chair: Mark Thompson, CHBA, CHSE, CHDM, Senior Vice President of Tourism, VisitDallas

President: Robert Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, President & CEO, HSMAI

2021 HSMAI Americas Board Members:

  • Chris Anderson, Professor, Cornell University
  • Brian Berry, Executive Vice President of Commercial Strategy, Pyramid Hotel Group
  • Dustin Bomar, Head of Industry - Travel, Google
  • Katie Briscoe, President, MMGY Global
  • Lisa Checchio, Chief Marketing Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Vito Curali, Executive Director of International Sales and Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide
  • Derek DeCross, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, IHG
  • Agnelo Fernandes, Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, Terranea Resort
  • Andre Fournier, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, & Revenue, CoralTree Hospitality
  • Brian Hall, Chief Marketing Officer, Explore St. Louis
  • Rhetto Hirko, Global Vice President of Revenue Optimization, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
  • Andrew Kauffman, Senior Vice President of Marketing Optimization, Marriott International
  • Erica Kruse, CRME, Director of Revenue Strategy, Regency Hotel Management
  • Tammy Lucas, CHDM, Vice President of Marketing, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Flo Lugli, Founder & Principal, Navesink Advisory Group, LLC
  • Kelly McGuire, Principal, ZS
  • Katie Moro, Regional Vice President of Demand360 Data Partnerships, TravelClick
  • David Nix, Vice President Revenue Management and Corporate Sales, G6 Hospitality
  • Helene Okabe, Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Concord Hospitality
  • Wendy Olson Killion, Senior Vice President, Expedia Group Media Solutions
  • Garth Peterson, CRME, Managing Director of Americas, IDeaS Revenue Solutions
  • Scott Pusillo, CRME, Vice President of North America Business Development, Sabre Hospitality Solutions
  • Vail Ross, Senior Vice President of Global Business Development & Marketing, STR
  • Mark Theis, Vice President of Sales, Strategy, & Operations, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Michael Wylie, Senior Vice President and Head of eCommerce, Aimbridge Hospitality
  • Lou Zameryka, Director of Booking Accounts,

2021 Americas Board also supports the cross-pollinization of the disciplines of sales, marketing, and revenue optimization. Relevant industry issues are tackled at HSMAI Curate: An HSMAI Executive Insights Forum event. Curate hosts executives from HSMAI's Organizational Membership program, which is comprised of over 60 leading hospitality companies and universities.


HSMAI is a global organization of sales, marketing, and revenue optimization professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI leads the way in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry. Operating as a leading voice for both hospitality and the sales, marketing, and revenue optimization disciplines, HSMAI connects its members with customers. Founded in the United States in 1927, HSMAI is a membership organization comprising 5,000 members from 35 countries and chapters worldwide. HSMAI operates around the globe via regional boards of directors and staff. There are four regions: the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. Each region has signature programs and services for association members. HSMAI has a Global board which is made up of delegates from each region.

Nicole Quain
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