Lifetime Achivements awards

HSMAI to honor the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards in Marketing and Public Relations at Gala, February 23, 2015. 

2014 Honorees:

 Christopher J. Nassetta
, President & CEO, Hilton Worldwide, has been selected as the Albert E. Koehl Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Marketing recipient for 2014. “Chris has shown a dedication to the hospitality industry throughout his career, and is an ambassador for the global hospitality industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert president and CEO of HSMAI. “Since coming to Hilton, he has energized their brands, with a renewed focus on guest experience, strategic marketing, culture and innovation. He is most deserving and we are excited to present him with the Albert E. Koehl Award.”

Nassetta joined Hilton Worldwide in 2007 after serving as President and CEO of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. for seven years. Prior to joining Host Hotels & Resorts, Nassetta co-founded Bailey Capital Corporation in 1991, where he was responsible for the operations of the real estate investment and advisory firm. 

 Geoffrey Weill, President of WEILL, is the 2014 recipient of the Winthrop W. Grice Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Public Relations. “Throughout his career, Geoffrey has been hugely successful,” said Robert A. Gilbert, president and CEO of HSMAI. “He is knowledgeable and supportive of his fellow practitioners, offering advice and counsel and sharing opportunities with others. Geoffrey epitomizes everything that is good about public relations and continues to promote the joys of travel for visitors from first timers to sophisticated and discerning people.”

Weill opened his agency in 1995 and has worked in the tourism public relations industry since 1976, starting with the Israel Government Tourist Office, a client he continues to represent.


The Albert E. Koehl Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Marketing and theWinthrop W. Grice Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Public Relations awards recognize individuals who have spent a major portion of their careers in the hospitality and travel profession and have contributed to the betterment of the industry in a significant and lasting way, over an extended period of time.


Albert E. Koehl & Winthrop W. Grice Selection Committee:

Committee Chair
Gary Leopold, CHME
Neil Ostergren, CHME
Hospitality Marketing Consultant
Peggy Bendel
Bendel Communications International
John J. Russell, Jr., CHME
Sentry Hospitality
Melinda Bush, CHA
President & CEO
HRW Holdings/Hospitality Resources Worldwide, LLC
Barbara Talbott
Founder & CEO
GlenLarkin Advisors
Lou Hammond
Lou Hammond & Associates
Peter Warren
NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management Advisory Board
Michael Leven
President & COO
Las Vegas Sands Corporation        
Peter Yesawich, Ph.D.
Vice Chairman 
MMGY Global 
Irma Fisher Mann
Founder and President
IRMA, Inc.

David Kong
President & CEO
Best Western International            

Roger Dow
President & CEO
U.S. Travel Association
Rene Mack

Laura Davidson
Laura Davidson Public Relations