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HSMAI Recognizes the “Best-of-the-Best”
in Chapter Practices
MCLEAN, VA (April 23, 2004) – The 2004 HSMAI Chapter Leadership Forum, which was just held in Chicago, recognized the “Best-of-the-Best” in chapter practices from over 78 entries (the largest amount to date) from 19 chapters from across the Americas. 

The 24th Annual HSMAI Frank W. Berkman Chapter Awards Program was presented at the Leadership Forum, attended by HSMAI leaders representing both chapters in the Americas, as well as members of the HSMAI Board of Directors.

The competition (for the 2003 calendar year) awarded winners in nine categories (recognizing both large and small chapters): Awards & Recognition, Communications, Community Involvement, Educational Programming, Fundraising, Leadership, Partnership Development, Membership Retention and Development and Web Sites.

Winners were selected in each category based on a “quality” point system determined by the HSMAI “Best-of-the-Best” Advisory Committee and HSMAI Americas Board of Directors.  Entries were judged independently by the HSMAI Americas Board members, and judging took place in New York City during the week of the HSMAI Adrian Travel Industry Awards presentation in January 2004.

small chapter winning entries:

  • Awards & Recognition: Colorado Springs Chapter
  • Communications: Northeast Florida Chapter
  • Educational Programming: Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chapter
  • Community Involvement: Magnolia Chapter
  • Fundraising: Northeast Florida Chapter
  • Leadership: Oregon Chapter
  • Membership Retention: Missouri Chapter
  • Partnership Development: Maryland Chapter
  • Web Sites: Magnolia Chapter
small chapter second place winners:
  • Communications: Oregon Chapter
  • Educational Programming: Southern Arizona Chapter
  • Community Involvement: Colorado Springs Chapter
  • Fundraising: Oregon Chapter
  • Membership Retention: Maryland Chapter
  • Partnership Development: Missouri Chapter
large chapter winning entries:
  • Awards & Recognition: Northern California Chapter
  • Communications: Greater Phoenix Chapter
  • Educational Programming: Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter
  • Community Involvement: Central Florida Chapter
  • Fundraising: Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chapter
  • Leadership: Greater Phoenix Chapter
  • Membership Retention: Big Apple Chapter
  • Partnership Development: Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chapter
  • Web Sites: Big Apple Chapter
large chapter second place winners:
  • Awards & Recognition: Greater Phoenix Chapter
  • Communications: Big Apple Chapter
  • Educational Programming: Greater Phoenix Chapter
  • Community Involvement: Mile High Chapter
  • Fundraising: Greater Phoenix Chapter
  • Leadership: Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter
  • Membership Retention: Greater Phoenix Chapter
  • Partnership Development: Greater Phoenix Chapter
  • Web Sites: Greater Phoenix Chapter
In addition to winning a cash reward and receiving a plaque, first place winners are further recognized by having their winning entries posted in the chapter resource section of the HSMAI’s web site as “Best-of-the-Best” Chapter Awards.  Second place winners received plaques of recognition.

“This program was developed to recognize and reward best practices in HSMAI individual chapter operations in various categories,” states Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI.  “Furthermore, it serves as a referral source for chapters to learn about and be inspired by what their peers are doing, and at the same time, challenges them to be even more creative and innovative in their programming and initiatives,” he added.

The “Best-of-the-Best” presentation is used to inspire and guide all HSMAI chapters to raise the bar of their chapter operation.  All 78 entries were on display at the Leadership Forum.

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.

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Also See: HSMAI's 2001 “Chapter Hall of Fame” Award Presented to Chapter Norway / April 2002
HSMAI Recognize the 'Best-of-the-Best' in Chapter Practices / June 2001

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