HSMAI Honors Arizona Chapter as HSMAI Chapter of the Year

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HSMAI recognized its, “Best of the Best” chapters in the Americas Region for leadership, development, educational programming, and community involvement at HSMAI’s annual Mike Leven Leadership Conference. The HSMAI Arizona Chapter was honored as 2015-2016 Chapter of the Year.

The HSMAI Arizona Chapter was named HSMAI 2015-2016 Chapter of the Year at HSMAI’s annual Mike Leven Leadership Conference.

Our chapters continue to develop innovative programs and events that improve revenue performance for member hotels and their partners.

The HSMAI Arizona Chapter was named Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International 2015-2016 Chapter of the Year at HSMAI’s annual Mike Leven Leadership Conference in Boca Raton. The Chapter of the Year winner and the "Chapter Best of the Best" award recipients were honored at the conference.

“Our chapters continue to develop innovative programs and events that improve revenue performance for member hotels and their partners,” said Fran Brasseux, HSMAI executive vice president. “We are proud to honor these talented chapters for their outstanding work.”

At the Leadership Conference, HSMAI recognized chapters in the Americas Region for leadership, development, educational programming, and community involvement. This year’s Frank W. Berkman Best of the Best winners are:

Leadership Award Winners

  • Constantino Papadopulos, South Florida
  • Casey Lindsey, Missouri
  • Michael Lau, British Columbia
  • Ellen Wilson, Washington, D.C.

Large Chapter Winners

  • Arizona, Membership, Special Events, Partnership
  • New York City, Communications
  • South Florida, Education

Medium Chapter Winners

  • Austin, Special Events
  • Boston, Membership, Partnership
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Communications
  • Minnesota, Education

Small Chapter Winners

  • British Columbia, Communications, Education, Partnership
  • Mid-South, Education
  • Missouri, Membership
  • Seattle, Special Events
  • Southern Colorado, Education

Collegiate Chapter of the Year

  • The University of Wisconsin-Stout Chapter

Conference highlights included “deep dives” into critical topics such as volunteering, partnerships, recruiting, and profitability. The conference kicked off with an executive interview with conference benefactor Mike Leven, CEO, Georgia Aquarium & Former President and Chief Operating Officer, Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Attendees were treated to an insightful discussion of how the hospitality industry can better attract and retain graduates by Peter Ricci, Director, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida Atlantic University, and Dean Mike Hampton, Florida International University. As part of the HSMAI Helps service program, attendees built 750 Clean the World hygiene kits to send to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to help those in need in flooded areas in shelters and relief efforts.

The conference was renamed the HSMAI Mike Leven Leadership Conference following a generous donation from the Mike and Andrea Leven Foundation in 2013. This year leaders came together at the Boca Raton Resort & Club on September 7 - 8. The conference was made possible by Conference Partners: The Michael and Andrea Leven Family Foundation, Rainmaker, Booking.com, Discover the Palm Beaches, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, and PSAV.

About HSMAI

The Hospitality Sales and 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 & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI ROCET, Adrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at http://www.hsmai.org, http://www.facebook.com/hsmai, http://www.twitter.com/hsmai and http://www.youtube.com/hsmai1.

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