Leadership

HSMAI America’s leaders represent a cross section of the industry’s most respected hotel and hospitality brands, destinations, and suppliers.

HSMAI Americas Executive Committee

Chair
Mark Thompson, CHBA, CHSE, CHDM
Senior Vice President of Tourism
VisitDallas

Mark Thompson is the vice president of tourism for the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he oversees the Bureau’s domestic and international tourism sales, cultural tourism, international strategic plans, and as the primary liaison for partnerships and marketing opportunities with DFW International Airport and Love Field.

Chair Elect
Marina MacDonald, CHDM
Chief Marketing Officer
Red Roof Inn

Prior to joining Red Roof, Marina gained extensive experience in global and national hotel marketing and sales while working with Remington Hotels and Wyndham International.

Vice Chair
John Washko
VP Exhibitions & Convention Sales
Mohegan Sun

Washko has enjoyed a career of over 25 years in hospitality Sales & Marketing, focusing the vast majority of his time in the independent resort sector. Prior to joining Mohegan Sun, Washko has held executive level roles with Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas and The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. He sits on the Elite Meetings Advisory Board, as well as the Ct. Convention & Sports Bureau Bureau’s Board.

Secretary-Treasurer
Andrew Rubinacci, CHSPS
VP of revenue management and global distribution
Omni Hotels & Resorts

Mr. Rubinacci is a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, with extensive experience spanning sales, revenue management, guest services, hotel operations and e-commerce. Most recently, Mr. Rubinacci served as Senior Vice President, Distribution & Revenue Management Strategy, responsible for all facets of IHG’s channel strategy, pricing, and revenue optimization.

Immediate Past Chairman
Jeff Senior
Vice President of Marketing
KSL Resorts

A 30-year veteran of the travel industry, Jeff Senior joined KSL in 2015. Senior, a biology major at the University of California, Santa Barbara, also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is global chair of HSMAI; serves on the United States Travel Association executive committee, and serves as a commissioner on the California Travel and Tourism Commission.

President
Robert Gilbert, CHME, CHA
President & CEO
HSMAI

Prior to joining HSMAI in 1995 (in an executive capacity), Gilbert was the vice president of marketing for Richfield Hospitality Services, Inc., the largest hotel management company in the world, where he oversaw the corporate marketing support for all Richfield hotels, which included product from every price tier in the industry. Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and has been a member of HSMAI since joining the student chapter at Cornell.

HSMAI Americas Board Members

Calvin Anderson, Head of Commercial, Oyo Hotels

Chris Anderson, Academic Director, Cornell University

Brian Berry, Senior Vice President of Global Revenue Management, Hyatt Hotels

Katie Briscoe, President, MMGY Global

Derek DeCross, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, IHG

Kieran Donahue, Vice President of Brand Marketing & Digital Americas, Marriott International

Agnelo Fernandes, Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President of Revenue, Terranea Resort; Chair, HSMAI Foundation

André Fournier, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Revenue, CoralTree Hospitality Group

Bruce Gudenberg, Executive Director of Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide

Brian Hall, Chief Marketing Officer, Explore St. Louis

Jay Hubbs, Senior Vice President of eCommerce, Remington Hotels

Michael Innocentin, Vice President, E-Commerce & Digital, North & Central America, AccorHotels

Matt Jones, Head of Analytics, Travel, Google

Sarah Kennedy, Chief Marketing Officer, Marketo

Tammy Lucas, Vice President of Marketing, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Flo Lugli, Principal, Navesink Advisory Group LLC

Hari Nair, Global Senior Vice President, Expedia Group Media Solutions

Garth Peterson, Area Manager – American Sales, IDeaS Revenue Solutions

Mark Theis, Vice President of Sales Strategy & Operations – Americas, Hyatt Hotels

Michelle Woodley, President, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Lou Zameryka, Regional Director of Global Chains, Booking.com