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

Winners to be Honored at Reception and Adrian Awards Gala January 31

MCLEAN, VA (January 06, 2011) – The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) announced its eighth annual “who’s who” list of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing. The honorees, who have habitually exemplified traits indicative of 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 Jan. 31, 2011, at the New York Marriott Marquis, and recognized at the Gala.
“The honorees on this year’s Top 25 list have displayed a pattern of excellence, inspiration and top-notch results in their respective industries,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “The list is a who’s who of sales and marketing professionals from the worlds of hospitality, travel and tourism.” Recipients were nominated through a “call for entries” to the industry at-large and judged by a panel of senior industry executives.  Nominators were asked to submit specific sales and marketing accomplishments of the nominee with examples that support the individual’s implementation of an innovative strategy, the story of overcoming a specific challenge, or the development/implementation of a cutting-edge campaign. 

The 2010 HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing:

  • David Bratton: Managing Partner, Destination Analysts, Inc.
  • Todd Castor:  Area Director of eCommerce, Marriott International
  • Andressa F. Chapman: Director of Marketing, Wild Dunes Resort
  • Ty Christian: Managing Partner, TRC Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Danielle Saba Courtenay: Chief Marketing Officer, Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
  • Victoria Feldman de Falco: Principal, Redpoint Marketing PR, Inc.
  • Anne Fischer: Director of Digital Marketing, Busch Entertainment Corporation
  • Andrew Ross Freeman: Owner, Andrew Freeman & Co.
  • Heny Gabay: Vice President Marketing, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Brian Hall: Chief Marketing Officer, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission
  • Susan Helstab: Executive Vice President of Marketing, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Audrey Hendley: Vice President Marketing, American Express
  • Steven Heydt: President and Chief Operating Officer, Elite Island Resorts
  • David A. Keys: Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Eastern USA and Canada- Hilton Worldwide
  • Steven M. Lambert: Director, Administration and Industry Relations, New York University
  • Ric Leutwyler: Chief Operating Officer, Pegasus Solutions Inc.
  • Jody B. Merl: President, Innovative Travel Marketing, Inc.
  • Pat Moscaritolo: President and CEO, Greater Boston Convention & Visitor Bureau
  • Michele Nichols: Founder, Unique Venues
  • William C. Pate: President and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Tracy Quan: Director, Brand Communications, Royal Caribbean International
  • Scott Schult: Executive Vice President, Marketing, Myrtle Beach Area CVB
  • Kelly Schulz: Vice President, Communications and Public Relations, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Heather Allison Smith: Director of Sales & Marketing, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
  • Mark D. Thompson: Vice President of Marketing, Irving Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau

The “Top 25” recognition program is held in conjunction with HSMAI’s annual Adrian Awards, which honors the “best of the best” in travel and hospitality marketing in the categories of advertising, public relations and digital marketing. Winners will be recognized at the annual Adrian Awards Gala, and at a ceremony and VIP reception co-hosted by Expedia Media Solutions prior to the Gala. Tables and tickets for the HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala are on sale now. HSMAI will also be holding a Digital Marketing Strategy Conference Feb. 1, the day after the Gala, at the New York Marriott Marquis. For more information on the Top 25 and the Adrian Awards Gala, please contact Desiree LaFont at (703) 506-3297, email, visit, or follow Adrian Awards news on Twitter at and Facebook at .  
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.

Bo Morris
 Edelman Orlando
Also See: HSMAI Names the Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing; Winners to be Honored at Adrian Awards Gala / January 2010

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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