The HSMAI Top 25: Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, Revenue Optimization

HSMAI Honors 2017 Top 25 Extraordinary Minds

The HSMAI Top 25 Americas awards recognize leaders in sales, marketing, and revenue optimization of hospitality, travel, and tourism organizations for their accomplishments in the preceding 18 months. Selected by a panel of senior industry executives, “Top 25” awardees are high achievers who stand out through their creativity and innovation, cutting-edge campaigns and programs, triumph in challenging situations and efforts that resulted in dramatic gains.

“HSMAI is proud to pay tribute to this extraordinary group of hospitality sales, marketing, and revenue professionals,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president & CEO of HSMAI. “The Top 25 are innovators both at their own businesses—helping them thrive, regardless of the economic climate—and within the travel industry as a whole, inspiring their peers with creative solutions.”

The HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds for 2017 are as follows:

  • Chris Anderson, Chief Commercial Officer, White Lodging
  • Krista Bentley, Strategic Accounts Director, Expedia Media Solutions
  • Michael Cady, VP, Marketing, Charlestowne Hotels
  • Adriaan Coppens, Chief Executive Officer, OTA Insight
  • Kelly Dalton, Director of Communications, Best Western Hotels and Resorts
  • Kyle Rutledge Edmiston, Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Office of Tourism
  • Elliott Ferguson, President & CEO, Destination DC
  • Leon Goldberg, Complex Director Sales & Marketing, New York Marriott Marquis & The Sheraton New York Times Square
  • Terri Haack, President, Terranea
  • Katie Johnson, Senior Director of Branding & Marketing, Two Roads Hospitality
  • Christine Lawson, SVP, Loews Sales Organization, Loews Hotels & Co.
  • Robert Levine, Vice President Hotel Revenue Optimization & Customer Care, Seminole Gaming
  • Sarah Beam Lukas, Director,, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
  • Kerry Mack, EVP of Revenue & Distribution, Highgate
  • Mariana Mechoso Safer, SVP, Global Marketing, HEBS Digital
  • Chris Nixon, AVP of Revenue Optimization, Ashford
  • Joelle Park, Senior Director All Suites Marketing, Hilton
  • Tammy Peter, VP Distribution & Connectivity Strategy, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Tim Peter, President, Tim Peter & Associates
  • Tim Sullivan, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Cendyn
  • Jenny Thomassian, Head of Travel Marketing & Sales, Google
  • Amanda Voss, Vice President of Sales, Park MGM Las Vegas
  • Dan Wacksman, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Distribution, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts
  • Kurt Weinsheimer, Senior Vice President of Property Solutions, Sojern
  • Ernest Wooden, President and CEO, Los Angeles Convention & Tourism Board

Nominations for the Top 25 are reviewed by a panel of industry experts selected by HSMAI from among its membership and/or Board of Directors. HSMAI selects judges who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability and have outstanding knowledge of the hospitality industry. Judges are held to the highest standards of integrity and commitment to honoring those individuals that have shown extraordinary leadership in our industry over the last 18 months. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles and judges must recuse themselves from scoring any nomination that may present a conflict of interest. Nominations are scored on a scale of 1-10 for the results of their leadership for specific sales, marketing, and revenue management initiatives.