McLean, VA (Jan. 30, 2024)  The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Americas announced the recipients of the Frank W. Berkman “Best of the Best” Awards on January 23, 2024, at the HSMAI Mike Leven Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Named the Best of the Best in chapter leadership and operations, the chapter’s programs and accomplishments serve as best practices for all chapters as they continue to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue for HSMAI members on the local level.

This past week, HSMAI chapter leaders gathered at the Mike Leven Leadership Conference to celebrate excellence in education, communications, membership, partnership, and special events. During the program, the chapters also had the opportunity to discuss best practices and hear from expert and motivational speakers, including Peggy Hoffman, FASAE, CAE, President, Mariner Management & Marketing; Holly Zoba, CHDM, Owner, Scout Simply & Influencer Sales Training; and Lieutenant Colonel Jason O. Harris.

The HSMAI Chapter Award Program is named after Frank W. Berkman, who was appointed HSMAI’s executive director in the 1960s and served until his retirement in 1981. Each year HSMAI recognizes the best of the best in honor of Frank W. Berkman.

The 2023 Frank W. Berkman Best of the Best winners are:


  • Small Chapter: Minnesota

  • Medium Chapter: Arizona

  • Large Chapter: Greater New York


  • Small Chapter: Mid-South

  • Medium Chapter: Hawaii; Central Florida; Arizona

  • Large Chapter: Greater New York; Washington D.C.


  • Small Chapter: Seattle

  • Medium Chapter: Boston

  • Large Chapter: South Florida


  • Small Chapter: British Columbia

  • Medium Chapter: Arizona

  • Large Chapter: Greater New York; Washington D.C.

Special Events:

  • Small Chapter: Minnesota

  • Medium Chapter: Hawaii

  • Large Chapter: South Florida; Greater New York

The conference was renamed the HSMAI Mike Leven Leadership Conference following a generous donation from the Mike and Andrea Leven Foundation in 2013. This year’s conference was made possible by Paris Las Vegas, Encore, and Ole Red.