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(McLean, VA, March 28, 2019) The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is pleased to announce its Las Vegas Chapter’s Advisory Board. The board is composed of a diverse range of travel and hospitality executives from a representative mix of HSMAI members.

The HSMAI Las Vegas Advisory Board will be led by Chair Chris Flatt, executive vice president of hotel sales and marketing, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. Flatt’s 30+ year career began with sales for Hilton and continued with leading key sales, marketing, and planning initiatives at Mirage Resorts—including Treasure Island and Bellagio. She has been counted among the Top 50 Female Executives in the travel industry and HSMAI’s Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Optimization.

“Las Vegas is a unique market for hospitality,” said Chris Flatt, HSMAI Las Vegas Advisory Board Chair. “I’m honored to help HSMAI provide valuable programming to hotel and travel professionals in the region in the year ahead that addresses their needs.”

Flatt will be joined by Chair-elect Gavin Mealiffe, vice president of sales, Tropicana Las Vegas. Mealiffe’s nearly 30 years of hospitality industry experience includes sales leadership roles for several major hotels including the Beverly Hilton, The Mirage, and Las Vegas Hilton. In addition to HSMAI, he has industry affiliations with PCMA, ASAE, MPI, and IAEE.

The 2019 HSMAI Las Vegas Advisory Board Members:
Angie Dobney - Vice President, Gaming and Casino Sales - Rainmaker
Jack Easdale - SVP, Revenue Management & Enterprise Analytics - Sands Corporation
Ken Gifford - Chief Revenue Strategist - Revenue Optimization
*Ashley Lowe - Director of Sales, Las Vegas - Caesars Entertainment
*Lisa Messina - Vice President of Sales - Caesars Entertainment
Chris Meyer – Vice President of Global Sales - LVCVA
*Nick Naggar - Vice President of Group Revenue Optimization – MGM Resorts International 
Pedram Pakneshan - Executive Director, Convention Sales -Wynn Las Vegas
Vail Ross - Senior Vice President of Global Business Development & Marketing - STR
Stowe Shoemaker – Dean, Harrah College of Hospitality - UNLV
Tyler Stewart - Vice President of Convention Sales - Sands Corporation
Gus Tejeda – Director of Marketing - Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Amanda Voss - Vice President Sales - MGM Resorts International

HSMAI Las Vegas Staff:
Alison Francis-Smith, Managing Director  
Arun Tanpanuwat, Director of Marketing

*New 2019 Board Member

The HSMAI Las Vegas Advisory Board oversees one of HSMAI’s most dynamic chapters. Its education programming and professional networking events help carry out the global organization’s mission of growing business at hotels and their partners—fueling sales, inspiring marketing, and optimizing revenue. Learn more at


The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy Conference, Adrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is a membership organization comprising more than 5,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at,,, and

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