McLean, VA (Feb. 21, 2023) The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Foundation is proud to announce the members of its 2023 Board of Directors. HSMAI Foundation leaders have a passion for helping solve the sales, marketing, and revenue talent challenges being faced by many hotel and hospitality companies. The board is composed of senior travel and hospitality executives, led by chair, Michelle Woodley, President, Preferred Travel Group, who is in her second year of a two-year term.

“I’m excited to champion another year of initiatives that help to attract, develop, and engage diverse talent in our industry” – Michelle Woodley, President, Preferred Travel Group.

2023 HSMAI Foundation Executive Committee:

Chair: Michelle Woodley, President, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Treasurer: Amanda Voss, CMP, Vice President of Sales, MGM Resorts International

Immediate Past Chairman: Agnelo Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer, COTE FAMILY COMPANIES

Executive Director: Robert Gilbert, CHME, CHA

Newly Appointed 2023 HSMAI Foundation Board Members:

  • Phill Burgess, CHA, VP Sales and Revenue Strategies, Athena Hospitality

  • Dawn Gallagher, Chief Commercial Officer, Crescent Hotels and Resorts

  • Michael Goldrich, CHDM, CRME, Chief Experience Officer, The Hotels Network

  • Kristi Goshow, Chief Commercial Officer, KSL Resorts

  • Robert Kwortnik, Associate Professor, Cornell University

  • Anna Paccone, CHDM, VP Digital/eCommerce, Aimbridge Hospitality

  • Bernadette Ruby, Division VP North America, Amadeus Hospitality

  • Chinmai Sharma, CRME, President – Americas, RateGain

  • Katarina Stanisic, Managing Director – Marketing, BWH Hotel Group

See a full list of board members here.

The HSMAI Foundation will continue to elevate the overall caliber and performance of sales, marketing, and revenue management professionals in the global hospitality industry in 2023 by driving initiatives that will attract new talent, while continuing to grow and engage existing talent.

The Foundation’s efforts to attract talent include encouraging and providing resources for students and other targeted audiences seeking or exploring careers in hospitality sales, marketing, and revenue optimization. To develop talent, the Foundation creates and provides resources to both re-skill and up-skill industry professionals. Foundation initiatives engage leaders in a way that mentors and encourages others to excel and retains them in hospitality. For more information on the Foundation and its programs, visit