|MCLEAN, VA (Jan. 22, 2009) The Hospitality Sales and
Marketing Association International (HSMAI) announces its 2009 Americas
Board of Directors.
Three new directors join the board this year:
Jack Easdale, corporate director of revenue management, Gaylord Hotels;
Brenda Fields Malone, founder, Fields & Company;
Marina MacDonald, senior vice president, sales & marketing, Red
The new board members will attend their first meeting Jan. 27 in New
York City after the previous nights HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala.
As chair of HSMAIs Americas Board, I look forward to working with
these talented and experienced industry leaders, said Dorothy Dowling,
senior vice president, marketing and sales, Best Western International.
The strength of the professionals involved on the board will be a great
asset to HSMAI and the travel industry. The board will be focused in 2009
on the continued development of programs and services relevant to members
in these challenging times.
The 2009 HSMAI Americas Board of Directors also includes:
David Atkins, Chair Elect, Digital Media Consultant
Kim Schaller, Vice Chair, chief marketing officer, Hershey Entertainment
Barb Bowden, Treasurer, assistant general manager and corporate director
of revenue management, Peabody Hotels
Jack Schmidt, Immediate Past Chair, vice president regional director
sales and marketing, Destination Hotels & Resorts
Maureen Callahan, vice president, marketing, Destination Hotels &
Frank Fredericks, managing director, Wild Dunes Resort
Christian Gayet, senior vice president of sales, Accor North America
Melissa Maher, vice president, strategic accounts, Expedia, Inc.
Alice McQuade, director of travel agency sales & marketing, InterContinental
Jeff Senior, executive vice president, sales & marketing, Fairmont
Raffles Hotels International
Pamela Streeter, vice president for electronic distribution and marketing,
Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Mark Thompson, vice president, marketing, Irving Texas CVB
Jens Thraenhart, managing director, Chameleon Strategies
Rob Torres, managing director, travel, Google
John Washko, vice president, sales & marketing, The Broadmoor
Partner Association Representatives:
Tim Grace, director of marketing, Caribbean Hotel Association
Gary Oster, senior vice president, business development, U.S. Travel
Kathryn Potter, senior vice president of marketing & communications,
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Doug Price, senior vice president, professional development, Destination
Marketing Association International
HSMAI is the hospitality industry source for knowledge,
community, and recognition for leaders committed to professional development,
sales growth, revenue optimization, marketing, and branding. 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®.
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.