The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI) is proud to recognize the brightest minds in the hospitality industry with the 2021 HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Optimization. These professionals have been selected by a panel of senior industry executives and will be celebrated March 30 at The Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Florida, in conjunction with the annual Adrian Awards Celebration.

HSMAI’s 2021 Top 25 Extraordinary Minds have shared innovative ideas and overcame obstacles in the last two years. Each of these individuals has exemplified leadership and brilliance in their respective roles. Collectively, they are empowering the hospitality industry recovery.

“The ‘Top 25’ always celebrates the sales, marketing and revenue optimization leaders and innovators in our industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, President and CEO of HSMAI. “Throughout the pandemic, these extraordinary professionals have risen to each challenge and met unprecedented circumstances with creativity, strength, and ingenuity. These innovators and top performers will be a guiding light that will accelerate the industry’s recovery.”

The 2021 HSMAI Americas Top 25 Extraordinary Minds are as follows:

  • Jamieson Asselta, Director of Global Enterprise Sales, IDeaS – A SAS Company
  • Kevin Barosso, Director of Convention Sales, Mohegan Sun
  • Mercedes Blanco, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, The Hotels Network
  • Victoria Cimino, Chief Executive Officer, Visit Williamsburg
  • Alex J. Cisneros, Senior Vice President of Revenue Generation, Red Roof
  • Heidi Cosio, Vice President of Revenue Effectiveness, Aimbridge Hospitality
  • Jessica Davidson, CHDM, Senior Vice President of Digital & Brand Marketing, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Nina Georgoulias Garrison, Senior Brand Manager of Global Brands, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Michelle Gilman Jasen, Vice President of Hotel Sales and Marketing, Accor
  • George Horaitis, Executive Director of Reservations & Distribution, Preferred Hotel Group
  • Liz Jaquez, CHDM, CRME, Vice President of Revenue Generation, Janko Hospitality
  • Lori Kiel, CHDM, Chief Commercial Officer, Kessler Collection
  • Flo Lugli, Principal, Navesink Advisory Group, LLC
  • Michael Mason, Chief Creative Officer, Ideas Collide
  • Kelly McGuire, Managing Principal of Hospitality, ZS Associates
  • Karen McWilliams, CRME, Vice President of Revenue Strategy, Concord Hospitality Enterprises
  • Mary Monroe Brown, Director, Wisconsin Office of Outdoor Recreation
  • Alexa Montgomery Krnjaic, Vice President of Channel Management & Strategic Initiatives, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation
  • Kim Moore, CHDM, Director of MDS Client Services, Marriott International
  • Jeremy Murray, CHDM, Vice President of Digital Marketing, Apple Hospitality REIT
  • Stephanie Ochs, Head of Commercial of Above Property Services, IHG
  • Andres Orta, Senior Director of Marketing Analytics U.S. & Canada, Marriott International
  • Katarina Stanisic, Managing Director of Marketing, BWH Hotel Group
  • Monty White, CHDM, Senior Director of Marketing Communications, Visit Irving
  • Paula Zeller, Divisional Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Remington Hotels


For additional information on the Top 25, HSMAI Adrian Awards and the HSMAI Lifetime Achievement Awards, visit