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HSMAI Names the Top 25 Minds in Hospitality
and Travel Sales and Marketing

Winners to be Honored at Adrian Awards Gala

MCLEAN, VA (January 6, 2010) – The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) announced its seventh annual “hot list” of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing. The honorees, who represent the best sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, will be honored during a private ceremony preceding the HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala on Feb. 1, 2010, at the New York Marriott Marquis, and recognized on-stage at the Gala.

“The Top 25 is a 'hot list' that celebrates the sales and marketing leaders and innovators of our industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “The creative strategies, passionate dedication and sharp intelligence of these professionals have not only made a difference within their organizations but have also truly raised the bar for the hospitality industry as a whole.”

The 2009 HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing:
  • Peter R. B. Armstrong, Executive Chairman & Founder, Armstrong Group; Owner and Operator of Rocky Mountaineering
  • Laura D. Bajkowski, Principal, Bajkowski & Partners
  • Thomas E. Baker, Jr., President & Partner, Cruise Center
  • Lillibeth Bishop, Publicity & Promotions Manager- USA, Hong Kong Tourism Board
  • Roger Bloss, Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Hospitality Group
  • Dr. Eric T. Brey, Director, Center for Resort and Hospitality Business, University of Memphis
  • Barry Brown, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hotel del Coronado/Beach Village at the Del
  • Julie Canning, President & CEO, Banff Lake Louise Tourism
  • Giséle Danis, Executive Director, Strategic Marketing, Canadian Tourism Commission
  • Chekitan Dev, Associate Professor, Cornell University
  • Michelle Fee, Co-Founder, Cruise Planners/American Express
  • Robert W. Gialloreto, President & CEO, Tourism Victoria
  • Sehrab Grewal, Director of Consumer Marketing, Best Western International
  • Erika Harms, Executive Director, Tourism Sustainability Council
  • Joe Hyman, President & CEO, VIZERGY
  • Tjibbe Lambers, Director, Marketing Analytics, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
  • Michael A. Perhaes, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, MGM Grand Hotel
  • David William Ralls, Partner, AIR Marketing
  • Franck Sarrabezolles, Regional Advertising Manager, The Americas, Emirates
  • Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International
  • Christopher L. Thompson, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA
  • Scott J. Voeller, Vice President of Brand Strategy & Advertising, MGM Mirage
  • Andrew D. Wirth, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Alliances, Intrawest
  • Rosanne Zusman, Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing, Wyndham Hotel Group
The Adrian Awards honors the “best of the best” in travel and hospitality marketing in the categories of advertising, public relations and web marketing. For more information on the Adrian Awards Competition and Gala, visit

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 Join our social networking communities on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. 


Rachel Rosenberg

Also See: HSMAI Names the 37 Advertising Division Award Winners, the 53 Public Relations Division Award Winners and the 33 Web Marketing Division Award Winners for the Year 2009 / December 2009

HSMAI's 52nd Adrian Awards Honors Top Companies and Individuals in Hospitality Advertising, Public Relastions and Web Marketing / January 2009

HSMAI's Adrian Awards, Known as the “Oscars” of Travel and Hospitality Marketing, Presented at Gala In New York City / February 2008

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