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

John Washko
 Vice President of Sales & Marketing
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 Ct. Convention & Sports Bureau’s Board.

Chair Elect
Andrew Rubinacci, CHSP
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.

Vice Chair
Michael Innocentin
Senior Vice President, Commercial Projects
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

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.

Agnelo Fernandes

An industry veteran, specializing in hospitality and lifestyle brand leadership, with more than 25 years of experience, Agnelo has led the development, launch, and repositioning of resorts and hotels in North America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Central America. He has held senior executive positions within the hospitality industry with recognized brands such as Canyon Ranch, Sonesta Hotels International, and Rex Resorts.

Immediate Past Chairman
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.

Robert Gilbert, CHME, CHA
President & CEO

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

  • DC Becker, Principal, Titan Group
  • Brian Berry, Executive Vice President of Commercial Strategy, Pyramid Hotel Group
  • Nelson Boyce, Managing Director of Travel, Google
  • Lisa Checchio, Chief Marketing Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Chris Davidson, Executive Vice President, Travel Intelligence, MMGY Global
  • Stephen Fitzgerald, CHDM, CHA, Vice President Hotels, Sojern
  • Andre Fournier, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Revenue, CoralTree Hospitality
  • Angie Gadwood, Vice President, Sales, G6 Hospitality
  • Mike Gamble, President & Chief Executive Officer, Searchwide Global
  • Mandy Gill, Vice President of Marketing – United States and Canada, Marriott International
  • Stephanie Glanzer, Chief Sales Officer and Senior Vice President, MGM Resorts
  • Kristi Goshow, Chief Commercial Officer, KSL Resorts
  • Brian Hicks, Senior Vice President of Commercial & Revenue Management – Americas, IHG
  • Rhett Hirko, CRME, Vice President of Global Revenue Optimization, Preferred Hotels
  • Jay Hubbs, CHDM, Vice President of Advertising, Marketing, Innovation, and Analytics, BWH Hotel Group
  • Pavan Kapur, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Caesars Entertainment
  • Lori Kiel, CHDM, Chief Commercial Officer, Kessler Collection
  • Michael Klein, Vice President of Global Revenue Management, Hyatt Hotels
  • Leora Lanz, ISHC, Assistant Dean Academic Affairs, Boston University School of Hospitality Administration
  • Flo Lugli, Principal, Navesink Advisory Group, LLC
  • Kevin McAteer, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Concord Hospitality
  • Thomas McDermott, Vice President, Marketing, Tambourine
  • Kelly McGuire, Principal, ZS
  • Katie Moro, Regional Vice President of Demand360 Data Partnerships, TravelClick, an Amadeus company
  • Kim Napolitano, Executive Director of Industry Relations and Intermediary Group Sales, Hilton Worldwide Sales
  • Garth Peterson, CRME, Managing Director of Americas, IDeas Revenue Solutions
  • Scott Pusillo, CRME, General Manager of Eastern United States, Sabre Hospitality Solutions
  • Vail Ross, Senior Vice President of Global Business Development & Marketing, STR
  • Jennifer Schneider, CRME, Vice President of Revenue Optimization, Radisson
  • ​​Ed Skapinok, Chief Marketing Officer, Appellation
  • Dan Surette, Chief Sales Officer, Omni Hotels & Resorts
  • Haley White, Senior Director Hotel Strategic Accounts, Expedia Media Group Solutions
  • Michelle Woodley, Chair of HSMAI Foundation, President, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
  • Lou Zameryka, Director of Global Accounts, Booking.com

Past Chairs

  • 2020-2021 Marina MacDonald
  • 2018-2019 Mark Thompson
  • 2016-2017 Jeff Senior
  • 2014-2015 Rob Torres
  • 2012-2013 Barb Bowden
  • 2010-2011 David Atkins
  • 2008-2009 Dorothy Dowling
  • 2006-2007 Jack Schmidt
  • 2004-2005 Maureen O’Hanlon
  • 2002-2003 Sal Dickinson
  • 2001 Bruce Himelstein
  • 2000 Bill Weld
  • 1999 Peter Warren
  • 1998 Hoyt Bacon
  • 1997 Dawn Walzak
  • 1996 Gary Leopold
  • 1995 Chris Avery
  • 1994 Pam Richardson
  • 1993 Bruce Timson
  • 1992 Karen Colliton-Thompson
  • 1991 Bill Volk
  • 1990 Jim Tierney
  • 1988-1989 John Russell