News for the Hospitality Executive
MCLEAN, VA (April 23, 2009) – The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) honored 15 of its chapters with "Chapter Best of the Best Awards" in the 2008 Frank W. Berkman Chapter Awards Program at the 2009 Annual HSMAI Leadership Conference at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Va. April 13-15, 2009.HSMAI presented 29 "Chapter Best of the Best Awards," an award representing chapter excellence and performance, in three groupings – large, medium and small chapters – in 10 categories. HSMAI received a record number of entries, 125, from more than half of HSMAI’s 40 Americas Region chapters.
"HSMAI Chapter leadership is comprised of some of the most talented minds in the hospitality profession,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. "The awards program recognizes chapters that embody HSMAI’s values and implemented strategic and creative programs for professionals to help the growth of the profession and organization."
Robert A. Gilbert, HSMAI president & CEO,
presents South Florida Chapter leaders, Julie Wernick (left)
and Stacie Faulds, with the 2008 Chapter of the Year honors.
In addition to giving out the chapter awards, members of the HSMAI Americas board of directors and Special Interest Group Advisory Boards (SIGs), managing directors and presidents of more than 32 chapters, collegiate chapter presidents and faculty liaisons gathered together for two days of leadership bootcamp that focused on the theme “When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going!”
Each year, HSMAI hosts chapter, SIG and student leaders at this special conference to meet with other association leaders, discuss common issues and hear from renowned industry leaders on best practices related to key hospitality issues.
This year's program kicked off with Major Nicole Malachowski, the first woman USAF Thunderbird pilot, to energize and motivate conference attendees to be leaders within the organization and for their team. The conference was moderated for a second year by John Parke, President and CEO of Leadership Synergies, who led one-on-one discussions with Bill Connors, executive vice president and COO of the National Business Travel Association and Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI.
The first panel of the conference, “A View from the Top,” included HSMAI’s Americas Executive Committee members and generated lively conversation amongst panelists and attendees about the current economic state and best practices.
Additionally, Karen McSteen, president of brandMatters, emphasized the importance of a personal brand as well as a company brand to define success. McSteen left attendees with guidelines to help them create their personal brand in 2009.
On the final day, Edelman senior vice president, Cathleen Johnson, presented on Good Purpose and how chapters can incorporate social causes into chapter activities. The conference concluded with a chapter best practices exchange.
Sponsors of the HSMAI Leadership Conference were American Express, Newmarket International, and the Marriott Westfield Washington Dulles.About HSMAI
HSMAI is the hospitality industry source for knowledge, community, and recognition for leaders committed to professional development, sales growth, revenue optimization, marketing, and branding. 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, 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, Va. 22102; (703) 506-3280; fax (703) 506-3266, or visit the website at www.hsmai.org.
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