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 HSMAI's DFW Chapter Appoints 2009 Board of Directors;
Windy Barnard Elected 2009 Chapter President

DALLAS (December 3, 2008) — The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of  Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International started the  season off with some major changes and announcements for 2009,  headlined by the induction of its 2009 Board of Directors, the  appointment of a new managing director and its decision to continue  the support of EQUEST Therapeutic Horsemanship as its 2009  philanthropy. 

The 2008-2009 board followed up the gala with an intense  2-day planning retreat at Garrett Creek Ranch to discuss changes and  member enhancements in 2009. 

The 2009 HSMAI DFW Board of Directors: 

  • Windy Barnard, President - Dave & Buster’s Frisco 
  • Vickie Chavez, VP Education & Programs - Embassy Suites DFW Airport  South 
  • Heather Fogg, Past President - Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre 
  • Jeanne Hatcher, VP Administration - Marriott DFW Airport South 
  • Alicia Fuqua, VP Finance - USA Hosts 
  • E.J. Wells, Board Member Extraordinaire 
  • Kristie Vento, VP Public Relations - inChorus Marketing & Promotion 
  • Mary Fallon Scheef, Board Member Extraordinaire - Go Yellow Checker  Shuttle 
  • Eddie Hill, VP Membership -  Team Up, Inc. 
  • Carrie Riney, Managing Director - Inman Promotional Team 
HSMAI also announced the decision to continue its support of  philanthropic partner, EQUEST Therapeutic Horsemanship, who, through  an extensive Equestrian program, provides therapeutic sports riding  classes and hippotherapy to children and adults with disabilities.   HSMAI presented a check to EQUEST in 2008 for $6000 raised at its  annual Chinese Auction, and the association plans to increase its  donation in 2009 with new programs. 

“We are very excited about 2009 and bringing increased value to our  members, especially in our challenging economic environment,” says  Windy Barnard, 2009 chapter president. “We are looking forward to our  enhanced activities in 2009 that will directly impact our members in a  positive way.” 

Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is  comprised 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. For more information on HSMAI DFW membership, visit


Kristie Vento




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