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25 Most Extraordinary Sales and Marketing Minds
in Hospitality and Travel; HSMAI


Senior Execs Vote to Determine “Hot List”

MCLEAN, VA (Jan. 12, 2004) – Who are the most extraordinary sales and marketing minds in hospitality and travel today?  The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) polled senior executives throughout the marketplace to identify the “Hot List of Top 25.” 

“There is an amazing amount of creativity, intelligence and passion in our profession, which all too often goes unrecognized,” states Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI.

“We see such clever campaigns and brilliant strategies all year long, and as the leading organization of sales and marketing professionals in hospitality and travel we wanted to shed some light on these individuals and create an annual “hot list” of the “25 Most Extraordinary Sales and Marketing Minds in Hospitality and Travel.”

HSMAI asked top tier executives throughout the hospitality, travel and tourism industries to submit nominees who best exemplified the set criteria: Whose marketing strategies are truly innovative and clever?  Whose campaigns are standouts? Whose companies represent a sales focused organization?  Who gets results?  Whose work do you wish was yours?

Nominees submitted were reviewed and scored by HSMAI’s Executive Committee, resulting in debut of the first annual Top 25 list.

The “Top 25” have been invited to participate in HSMAI’s annual Adrian Awards on Monday, January 26, 2004 in New York as an on-stage Platinum Award presenter. The black-tie event honors marketing excellence for advertising, public relations, and web marketing.    Additionally, all 25 will be featured in an article in the spring issue of HSMAI’s Marketing Review.

HSMAI’s “Hot List” of 25 Most Extraordinary Sales & Marketing Minds in Hospitality & Travel

  • Mickey Arison, CEO, Carnival Cruise Lines 
  • Jim Berra, Vice President, Loyalty Marketing, Starwood Hotels & Resorts 
  • Dan Collins, Vice President of Marketing, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company 
  • Amy Curtis-McIntyre, Vice President of Marketing, JetBlue
  • Mike Dimond, CHME, Senior Vice President of Marketing, The Broadmoor Resort 
  • Dorothy Dowling, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, ARAMARK, Sports & Entertainment
  • Dan Hanrahan, Senior Vice President, Royal Caribbean 
  • Vicky Freed, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Carnival Cruise Lines 
  • Dave Hartvigsen, Senior Vice President of Lodging, Intrawest 
  • Priscilla Hurley, Director of Marketing Communications, Affinia Hospitality 
  • Dave Johnson, CEO, Aimbridge Hospitality 
  • Andrew Jordan, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing & CMO, Wyndham International 
  • Mike Leven, President & CEO, US Franchise Systems
  • David Neeleman, CEO, JetBlue Airways 
  • Jill Noblett, Vice President of Loyalty and Direct Marketing, Cendant Corporation 
  • Betsy O'Rourke, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Travel Industry Association of America 
  • Steve Pinetti, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants 
  • Spencer Rascoff, Vice President, Hotels and Packages,
  • Michael Reichartz, Vice President, Lodging, 
  • Barry S. Sternlicht, Executive Chairman, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Tom Storey, Executive Vice President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
  • Jens Thraenhart, Director of Internet Strategy, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts 
  • Wayne Wielgus, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Choice Hotels International 
  • Mike Wylie, Vice President of e-commerce, Wyndham International 
  • Peter Yesawich, President & CEO, YPB&R 
HSMAI is an international 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, while operating as a leading voice for both hospitality and sales and marketing management disciplines.  Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising nearly 7,000 members from 35 countries and 60 chapters worldwide.

Tickets and table sales for the HSMAI Awards Dinner at the New York Marriot Marquis are available at $2,500 per table of 10 ($250 an individual seat), if reserved prior to Jan. 16, 2004; seats cost an additional $25 after that date. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Cass Bullock at phone: (609) 628-2348; fax: (609) 628-2819; or e-mail: [email protected] or visit

Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300
McLean, VA 22102
phone (703) 610-9024
Also See: HSMAI to Honor Marilyn Carlson Nelson with the Grice Award and Stanley C. Plog, Ph.D. with the Koehl Award / January 2004
HSMAI Competition Reveals the Best of Travel and Hospitality’s Advertising, Public Relations and Web Marketing / Jan 2003

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