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The 25 Most Extraordinary Sales and Marketing
Minds in Hospitality & Travel


Senior Execs Vote to Determine “Hot List”
MCLEAN, VA (Jan. 11, 2006) – 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 for 2005.”  
“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 shed light on those individuals responsible with our annual ‘hot list’ of the ‘25 Most Extraordinary Sales and Marketing Minds in Hospitality & Travel’,” Gilbert added. 
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 the third annual “Top 25” list.
The “Top 25” will be acknowledged at HSMAI’s annual Adrian Awards Gala on Monday, January 30, 2006 in New York.  The black-tie event honors marketing excellence for advertising, public relations and web marketing.  Additionally, all 25 honorees 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
  • Hoyt Bacon, CHME, Senior Vice President of Revenue & Distribution Management, MeriStar Hospitality
  • Jane Butler, Managing Director, Travel, Google, Inc.
  • Scott Dahl, Senior Vice President of Revenue Management, Sunstone Hotels
  • David Dudar, Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications, RockResorts
  • Jose Estorino, Senior Vice President Marketing, Orlando/Orange County CVB 
  • Mike Fegley, Vice President-Global Sales the Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group 
  • Frank Fredericks, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Wild Dunes Resort 
  • Randy Garfield, Executive Vice President Global Sales and Travel Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
  • Fortune Gfroehrer, Director of Web Marketing, Driftwood Hospitality
  • Scott Gober, Director, CTN Marketing & Business Strategy, American Express Travel Services 
  • Bruce Himelstein, CHME, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company
  • Leonard Hoops, Vice President/CMO, Sacramento CVB
  • Cary Jehl Broussard, author, “From Cinderella to CEO: How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life,” and formerly Senior Vice President, Women on Their Way, Wyndham International
  • Richard Keating, Director of Marketing, Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan 
  • Dann Lewis, Director of Tourism, State of Maine
  • Yvonne La Penotiere, President, Carlson Hotel Corporation
  • Steve Pinnetti, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Kimpton Hotel Group
  • Brian Richardson, Vice President Brand Marketing & Communications, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts 
  • Alec Sanguinetti, Director General, Caribbean Hotel Association
  • Pam Streeter, Vice President of Electronic Distribution and Marketing, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
  • Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Director General, Caribbean Tourism Organization
  • Lynn Walka, Senior Marketing Executive, Emirates
  • Dawn Walzak, CHME, First Vice President, Tishman Hotel Corporation 
  • Terry Whaples, Operating Partner/President, Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn
  • Scott Wiseman, Vice President Marketing, Accor North America
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, 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 worldwide, with 38 chapters in the Americas region.
Tickets and table sales for the HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis are available at $2,850 per table of 10 ($285 an individual seat) if reserved prior to Jan. 20, 2006; seats cost an additional $25 after that date.  For more information or to purchase tickets contact Cass Bullock phone: (609) 628-2348; fax: (609) 628-2819; e-mail:; or visit

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Also See: 25 Most Extraordinary Sales and Marketing Minds in Hospitality and Travel; HSMAI / January 2004
The 25 Most Extraordinary Sales and Marketing Minds in Hospitality and Travel Named by HSMAI / January 2005

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