HSMAI Announces 2023 Top 25 Extraordinary Minds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: McLean, VA (Dec. 6, 2023) – The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) announces the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds awardees to be presented in conjunction with the HSMAI Adrian Awards Celebration on February 13, 2024, at the New York Marriott Marquis. These awards recognize exceptional Sales, Marketing, Revenue Optimization, and Distribution leaders in hospitality, travel, and tourism organizations for their achievements in the preceding 18 months. Selected by a panel of top industry executives, the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds are high achievers who stand out through their creativity and innovation, cutting-edge campaigns, triumph in challenging situations, and efforts that resulted in dramatic gains.

“It is with great admiration that we celebrate HSMAI’s 2023 class of Top 25 honorees in hotel sales, marketing, revenue optimization and distribution,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, President and CEO of HSMAI. “Through their creativity, dedication, and impact, these remarkable professionals not only excel in their respective fields, but have set benchmarks of excellence for the industry that inspire us all.”


The 2023 Top 25 Extraordinary Minds are:

  • Maddi Bourgerie, Senior Director of Communications, RVshare
  • Nick Breedlove, Executive Director, Jackson County, NC Tourism Development Authority
  • Gretta Brooks, CEO & Founder, SalesBoost, LLC
  • Shannon Cummings, CHDM, Global Brand Marketing Manager, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Jamari Douglas, Vice President Marketing, PR, Communications, Bermuda Tourism Authority
  • Mark Fancourt, Co-Founder & Principal, TRAVHOTECH
  • Michael Feldman, Senior Vice President of Revenue Management and Distribution, Atrium Hospitality
  • Anja Fiedler, CHBA, CRME, Executive Director, Revenue Management Integration, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
  • Matthew Guglielmetti, Associate Principal, Travel & Hospitality, ZS Associates
  • Theo Holloway, CHDM, Senior Director Loyalty, Customer Engagement, BWH Hotels
  • Lisa Jordan, CHDM, Senior Director of Digital Marketing, Red Roof
  • Barbara Karasek, CEO, Paradise Advertising & Marketing, Inc.
  • Jeffrey LeFrancois, Executive Director, Meatpacking District Management Association
  • Stephanie Leger, Chief Excellence Officer, First Rate Hospitality
  • Tess McGoldrick, Vice President, Travel & Hospitality, Revenue Analytics
  • Raul Moronta, CRME, Chief Commercial Officer, Remington Hospitality
  • Vikram Pradhan, Senior Vice President, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Benjamin Premack, Commercial Director, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
  • Michael Sherwood, CRME, Vice President, Revenue Management Services, PTG Consulting
  • Katlyn Svendsen, Global Public Relations & Content Services Director, Travel South Dakota
  • Scott Taylor, Vice President, Global Sales Operations & Enablement, IHG Hotels & Resorts
  • Craig Trost, Communications Director, Travel Wisconsin
  • Julie Wagner, Chief Executive Officer, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau
  • Donovan White, Director, Jamaica Tourist Board
  • Vanessa Williams, General Manager, The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club


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. For additional information on the Top 25 Minds, the HSMAI Adrian Awards, and the HSMAI Lifetime Achievement Awards, visit adrianawards.com.



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The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as the Commercial Strategy Conference, Sales Leader Forum, and Adrian Awards. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is a membership organization comprising more than 5,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at hsmai.org.