HSMAI Hospitality Recovery Heroes | An Adrian Awards Honor

Given the unique current landscape of hospitality and travel and the emergence of extraordinary leaders, HSMAI created a new recognition program in 2020 “HSMAI Hospitality Heroes: An Adrian Awards Honor.” Carrying on the mission of those honors, the 2021 Hospitality Recovery Heroes will honor the individuals behind the recovery at the local and front-line levels,  supporting destinations, hotels, safety measures, and charitable programs that have helped make a difference.

Industry professionals can nominate the colleagues they think deserve recognition for their efforts to take a leadership position, champion a cause, or create a program that has directly benefited the industry as it has emerged as a leading force in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Nominations will be reviewed each week by a panel of Adrian judges and selected Heroes will be honored weekly online leading up to the Adrian entry period, as well as at the 2022 Adrian Awards celebration.

HSMAI Hospitality Recovery Heroes

Meet the 2020 Heroes

» Matt Maddox, president and CEO of Wynn Resorts

» Holly Zoba, CHDM, owner of Scout Simply and Influencer Sales Training, based in Chandler, Arizona, and an HSMAI member

» Geoffrey A. Mills, regional vice president and general manager at Hudson New York for sbe Lifestyle Hospitality

» Ardy Edgerton, CGTP, senior national account executive for Red Roof

» Yvette Koebke, director of sales and marketing for Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona

» Brian Stiglets, general manager of The Inn at Longwood Medical in Boston

» Nicole McAlister, CHSE, area director of franchise services for Choice Hotels International, working out of Schertz, Texas, and an HSMAI member and Austin chapter board member

» Dr. Peter Ricci, CHA, CHSE, CRME, director of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and an HSMAI member.

» Jean-Cédric Callies, director of sales and marketing for Hotel Monville in Montreal, Quebec, and an HSMAI member

» Ava Espano, guest services agent, Accor

» Kenan Tekin, dual opening general manager, Hyatt House/Hyatt Place Los Angeles International Airport

» Jill Flynn, director of sales, events, and marketing for the Hyatt Regency Dulles in Herndon, Virginia

» Jonathan DiFonzo, district sales representative for Cheney Brothers Inc. in Boynton Beach, Florida

» Mary Parks, director of sales for the Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown

» Sheela Martinez, most recently front office assistant and manager at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills in West Hollywood, California