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HSMAI Launches Puerto Rico Chapter As It Strengthens Presence
In The Caribbean

New Chapter Charter Initiated Feb. 1, 2007
MCLEAN, VA (Feb. 6, 2007) – In a strategic move to re-establish its presence in the Caribbean region, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) launched a new chapter in Puerto Rico last week (Feb. 1, 2007), making it the 40th HSMAI chapter in the Americas.

“The charter of a chapter in Puerto Rico presents unlimited possibilities as the destination’s hospitality and tourism industry is so vital and dynamic,” said Fran Brasseux, executive vice president, HSMAI.

“The hospitality and travel community is excited by the knowledge and information HSMAI will bring, and we all understand the importance of learning, staying educated and network plays in today’s marketplace,” noted G. Armando Emanuelli, Puerto Rico Chapter board president and director of sales at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort.  “This initiative has been a long time coming, and the overwhelming enthusiasm and support of the industry at-large will ensure the chapter’s growth and success,” he added.

“We are also very excited about the accomplishments we’ve made in garnering support and participation from the local tourism communities and the members at-large,” Brasseux added.  “Partnering with the local hotel and tourism organizations will be a driving force in making the Puerto Rico chapter grow and succeed.”

The HSMAI Puerto Rico Chapter Board includes:
President: G. Armando Emanuelli, Director of Sales, Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Immediate Past President: Ramon Sanchez, Vice President of Marketing, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
Treasurer: Mitzi Segarra, Director, Destination Sales, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
Secretary: Jeannette Aviles, Director of Event Booking Centre, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Director of Fundraising & Sponsorships: Charlie Bautista, Director of Sales, Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel
Vice President of Membership: Margaret Colon, Director of Sales & Marketing, Puerto Rico Convention Center
Director of Students Committee: Wanda Hernandez, President, Caliope Events Management & Corporate Communications Director of Events: Alejandra Petkoff, Sales Manager, Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Vice President of Education: Iván Puig, Director of Business Development. Ponce Hilton Golf & Casino
Director of Committee Recruitment: David Reed, Partner, Entertainment Concepts
Director of Technology: Gloribel Wachtel, Director of Marketing, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
Board Members At-Large: Esmeralda Perez, Director of Marketing – Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association (PRHTA) and Willie Chin, Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Resort

This initiative is on the heels of local HSMAI chapters started in Aruba and Curacao recently (along with partnerships with the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association and Curacao Tourism Association), and a chapter that is in development for the Dominican Republic.

The re-emergence in the Caribbean marketplace comes off the success of HSMAI’s partnership with the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), through which the organizations jointly-held the first Caribbean Sales & Marketing Strategy Conference in 2005.  The second annual event took place in Miami, Dec. 7-8, 2006.

Individuals or hotel associations looking to establish or re-establish an HSMAI chapter should contact Fran Brasseux
at (703) 610-9024.

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®.  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, 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102, phone (703) 610-9024; fax (703) 610-9005, or visit the web site at

Richard S. Kahn, (516) 594-4100
Taryn Schneider, (954) 525-1394

8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300
McLean, VA 22102
phone (703) 610-9024
fax (703) 610-9005



Also See:
HSMAI's Comprehensive Schedule of Events Planned for 2007 / January 2007

Celebrate HTNG and It’s On-going Successes, the Story Could Have Played Out Quite Differently / Brian Cunningham / January 2007

HSMAI Names “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing” for 2006 / January 2007


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