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

Marina MacDonald, Red Roof, for Red Roof uses only!

Chair
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.

Chair Elect
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.

Vice Chair
Andrew Rubinacci, CHSPS
Executive Vice President Revenue Strategy
Aimbridge Hospitality

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.

Secretary-Treasurer
Michael Innocentin
Vice President, E-Commerce and Digital
North and Central America, AccorHotels

Michael Innocentin leads the digital marketing strategy across all of the Group’s brands in the North and Central American region. His key responsibilities include maximizing digital activity for the Group’s portfolio by increasing traffic and revenue generated to proprietary brand sites through eCRM, SEO, SEM, social media, affiliate marketing, display advertising and other tactics.

Immediate Past Chairman
Mark Thompson, CHBA, CHSE, CHDM
Senior Vice President of Tourism and Acting CMO
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.

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

Chris Anderson, Academic Director, Cornell University

Brian Berry, Executive Vice President of Commercial Strategy, Pyramid Hotel Group

Dustin Bomar, Head of Industry, Travel, Google

Katie Briscoe, President, MMGY Global

Lisa Checchio, Chief Marketing Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Vito Curali, Executive Director of International Sales and Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide

Derek DeCross, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, IHG

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

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

Mandy Gill, Vice President Global Marketing – US & Canada, Marriott International

Brian Hall, Chief Marketing Officer, Explore St. Louis

Rhetto Hirko, Global Vice President of Revenue Optimization, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Jay Hubbs, Vice President – Advertising, Marketing, Innovation and Analytics, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Erica Kruse, CRME, Director of Revenue Strategy, Regency Hotel Management

Flo Lugli, Principal, Navesink Advisory Group LLC

Kelly McGuire, Principal, ZS

Katie Moro, Regional Vice President of Demand360 Data Partnerships, TravelClick

David Nix, Vice President Revenue Management and Corporate Sales, G6 Hospitality

Helene Okabe, Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Concord Hospitality

Wendy Olson Killion, Senior Vice President, Expedia Group Media Solutions

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

Scott Pusillo, CRME, Vice President of North America Business Development, Sabre Hospitality Solutions

Vail Ross, Senior Vice President of Global Business Development & Marketing, STR

Mark Theis, Vice President, Sales and Marketing – Americas, Hyatt Hotels

Michael Wylie, Senior Vice President and Head of eCommerce, Aimbridge Hospitality

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