HSMAI's Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) announced its seventh annual “hot list” of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing. The honorees, who represent 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 February 1 at the New York Marriott Marquis, and recognized on-stage at the Gala.

“The Top 25 is a 'hot list' that celebrates the sales and marketing leaders and innovators of our industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “The creative strategies, passionate dedication and sharp intelligence of these professionals have not only made a difference within their organizations but have also truly raised the bar for the hospitality industry as a whole.”

HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing

*    Peter R. B. Armstrong, executive chairman and founder, Armstrong Group; owner and operator of Rocky Mountaineering
*    Laura D. Bajkowski, principal, Bajkowski & Partners
*    Thomas E. Baker, Jr., president and partner, Cruise Center
*    Bart Berkey, director, Ritz-Carlton/Marriott International
*    Lillibeth Bishop, publicity and promotions manager USA, Hong Kong Tourism Board
*    Roger Bloss, founder, president, CEO, Vantage Hospitality Group
*    Dr. Eric T. Brey, director of Center for Resort and Hospitality Business, University of Memphis
*    Barry Brown, director of sales and marketing, Hotel del Coronado/Beach Village at the Del
*    Julie Canning, president and CEO, Banff Lake Louise Tourism
*    Giséle Danis, executive director of strategic marketing, Canadian Tourism Commission
*    Chekitan Dev, associate professor, Cornell University
*    Michelle Fee, co-founder, Cruise Planners/American Express
*    Robert W. Gialloreto, president and CEO, Tourism Victoria
*    Sehrab Grewal, director of consumer marketing, Best Western International
*    Erika Harms, executive director, Tourism Sustainability Council
*    Joe Hyman, president and CEO, VIZERGY
*    Tjibbe Lambers, director of marketing analytics, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
*    Michael A. Perhaes, assistant VP marketing, MGM Grand Hotel
*    David William Ralls, partner, AIR Marketing
*    Franck Sarrabezolles, regional advertising manager, the Americas, Emirates
*    Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International
*    Christopher L. Thompson, president and CEO, VISIT FLORIDA
*    Scott J. Voeller, VP of brand strategy and advertising, MGM Mirage
*    Andrew D. Wirth, senior vice president of marketing and strategic alliances, Intrawest
*    Rosanne Zusman, senior vice president, brand marketing, Wyndham Hotel Group

The Adrian Awards honors the “best of the best” in travel and hospitality marketing in the categories of advertising, public relations and web marketing. For more information on the Adrian Awards Competition and Gala, visit www.adrianawards.com.