HSMAI recognizes Extraordinary Minds

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI) will also be recognizing 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, FL, in conjunction with the annual Adrian Awards Celebration.

“2021 was an unforgettable year for anyone in the commercial space who had to navigate sales, marketing, revenue or distribution strategy,” said Robert A. Gilbert, president/CEO, HSMAI. “This year’s honorees represent a class of individuals who stand out not only because of their resilience during the pandemic, but their extraordinary efforts to drive results and recovery for their companies.”

The 2021 HSMAI Americas Top 25 Extraordinary Minds are:

Jamieson Asselta, director, global enterprise sales, IDeaS, a SAS company

Kevin Barosso, director, convention sales, Mohegan Sun

Mercedes Blanco, VP, strategic partnerships, The Hotels Network

Victoria Cimino, CEO, Visit Williamsburg

Alex J. Cisneros, SVP, revenue generation, Red Roof

Heidi Cosio, VP, revenue effectiveness, Aimbridge Hospitality

Jessica Davidson, SVP, digital & brand marketing, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Nina Georgoulias Garrison, senior brand manager, global brands, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Michelle Gilman Jasen, VP, hotel sales and marketing, Accor

George Horaitis, executive director, reservations & distribution, Preferred Hotel Group

Liz Jaquez, VP, revenue generation, Janko Hospitality

Lori Kiel, chief commercial officer, Kessler Collection

Flo Lugli, principal, Navesink Advisory Group, LLC

Michael Mason, chief creative officer, Ideas Collide

Kelly McGuire, managing principal, hospitality, ZS Associates

Karen McWilliams, VP, revenue strategy, Concord Hospitality Enterprises

Mary Monroe Brown, director, Wisconsin Office of Outdoor Recreation

Alexa Montgomery Krnjaic, VP, channel management & strategic initiatives, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Kim Moore, director, MDS client services, Marriott International

Jeremy Murray, VP, digital marketing, Apple Hospitality REIT

Stephanie Ochs, head of commercial above property services, IHG

Andres Orta, senior director, marketing analytics U.S. & Canada, Marriott International

Katarina Stanisic, managing director, marketing, BWH Hotel Group

Monty White, senior director, marketing communications, Visit Irving

Paula Zeller, divisional VP, sales & marketing, Remington Hotels

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