MCLEAN, VA (November 19, 2008) –The Hospitality Sales & Marketing
Association International (HSMAI) has selected the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary
Minds in Sales and Marketing” for 2008. The sixth annual list recognizes
the “best of the best” minds in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries.
The recipients will be honored at HSMAI’s annual Adrian Awards Gala on
Jan. 26, 2009, at the New York Marriott Marquis.
“This year, HSMAI received more nominations than ever,” said Dorothy
Dowling, HSMAI board of directors’ chair and senior vice president of marketing
and sales at Best Western International. “The quality of the field of candidates
was outstanding and is truly representative of the creative work being
implemented throughout the industry by top professionals today.”
The 2008 “Top 25” recipients were judged by a panel of senior industry
executives for their recent work based on the following criteria: creativity
and innovation; cutting edge sales or marketing campaigns; triumph in challenging
situations; and sales efforts that resulted in dramatic gains.
The 2008 “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing” are:
In addition to being honored at the annual Adrian Awards gala, recipients
will be featured in an HSMAI Marketing Review article, receive a personalized
plaque, and will be honored at a VIP luncheon on January 26, 2009. The
HSMAI Adrian Awards honor creative brilliance and best practices in hospitality,
travel, and tourism-related marketing. In its 52nd year, the competition
has evolved into the world's most renowned and prestigious advertising,
public relations, and web marketing competition specifically tailored for
the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries.
Rick Antonson, president & CEO, Tourism Vancouver
Mindy Bianca, director of public relations, Hershey Entertainment &
Douglas Carrillo, senior vice president of sales & marketing, Tecton
Bill Duncan, vice president, brand sales & marketing, Homewood Suites
William Edmundson, brand president, Cambria, Choice Hotels International
Andre’ Fournier, vice president of field sales & marketing, Destination
Hotels & Resorts
Jena Gardner, president & CEO, JG Black Book of Travel
Randy A. Garfield, executive vice president worldwide sales & travel
operations, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Mark Glickman, president, The Glickman Group
Cynthia Goodrich, head of marketing, travel, Google Inc.
Kathy Hood, vice president, sales & revenue management, Davidson Hotel
Pam Johnston, president, PJ Inc.
Felix Laboy, president & CEO, E-site Marketing
John Moser, chief marketing & brand officer, DHG – Affinia Hotels,
The Benjamin & The James
David Nostrand, vice president of sales eastern region, Marriott International
Betsy O’Rourke, senior vice president of marketing & communications,
Tom Santora, chief marketing officer-senior vice president of sales &
marketing, Omni Hotels
Max Starkov, chief eBusiness Strategist & CEO, Hospitality eBusiness
Trevor Stuart-Hill, vice president, revenue generation, SynXis
Kimberly A. Tranter, assistant professor/lead faculty lodging, Johnson
& Wales University – Denver
Louise Upshaw-McClenny, sales training manager, Freeman
Grace Villamayor, director, international marketing & sales, Hertz
Jerry Wayne, vice president, sales & marketing, The Greenbrier
Karen Weiner Escalera, president & chief strategist, KWE Group, Inc.
Blake Yeaman, director, corporate marketing, Hornblower Cruises & Events
Tables and tickets for the HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala are on sale now.
Tables of 10 can be reserved for $3,500 or $350 per ticket if purchased
by Jan. 12, 2009; the price increases to $3,750 per table or $375 per ticket
after Jan. 12. For more information or to purchase tables, visit
www.adrianawards.com or contact HSMAI at (703) 506-2025 or email@example.com.
HSMAI is an organization of sales and marketing professionals representing
all segments of the hospitality industry. With a strong focus on education,
HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating
trends in the hospitality industry, and bringing together customers and
members at annual events, including HSMAI's Affordable Meetings(r). Founded
in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more
than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region.
For more information on HSMAI, contact the Hospitality Sales & Marketing
Association International, 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, Va.
22102; (703) 506-3280; fax (703) 506-3266, or visit the website at www.hsmai.org.