Rising Leader Councils

HSMAI’s Rising Leader Councils are professional development and advocacy groups, comprised of up-and-coming professionals working in a mix of hospitality roles (e.g., hotel on-property, regional, or corporate, DMO, DMC, Management Company, brand or partner, etc.).

The Rising Leader Council is part of the HSMAI’s respective Advisory Board’s work to cultivate the next generation of industry leaders by providing this unique opportunity for emerging professionals to advance their skill sets, shape the future of HSMAI, network with peers, and contribute to the industry and the Advisory Board via their insights, feedback, and thought leadership.

Rising Sales Leader Council | Rising Marketing Leader Council | Rising Revenue Optimization Leader Council

Rising SALES Leader Council

2023 Members include:

  • Kathryn Alioto, Director of Sales, Springhill Suites Madison / Raymond Management
  • Estefania Arevalo, Global Business Development Manager, Leisure, Accor
  • Mackenzie Bennett, Account Manager, GitGo
  • Sophia Burge, Sales Manager, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts/Rosewood Sand Hill
  • Megan Chase, CMP, SMERF, Sales & Events Manager, The Otesaga Resort Hotel
  • Cecilia Dominguez, Convention Sales Manager, Bellagio
  • Ashley Edwards, Sr. Director, SMB Sales, Sojern
  • Mike Estrin, Senior Catering Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency Dulles
  • Danielle Fournier, Sales Manager, Hilton Denver Inverness
  • Heather Harmeyer, Director of Sales, Greenwood Hospitality/Embassy Suites
  • Tayla Hull, Convention Sales Manager, ARIA Resort & Casino
  • Zoe Katz, Marketing Coordinator, Rosewood Hotel Group
  • Jenna Keegan, Regional Director of Sales, Aimbridge
  • Nicole Lazo, National Sales Manager for the Southeast Market, Terranea Resort
  • Jenna Light, Group Sales Manager, Parks Hospitality Group
  • Sara Maly, CRME, Director of Sales, IDeaS Revenue Solutions
  • Rachel Martin, Director of Sales, Graduate Hotels
  • Jake Moreland, Property Sales Manager, Worldwide Sales, BWH Hotel Group
  • Max Smith, Sr. Sales Manager, Groups WWS, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Kate Swantak, Sales Manager, Kessler Collection

Rising MARKETING Leader Council

2023 Members include:

  • Megan Allen, Marketing Manager, Second Wave Markeitng
  • Taylor Davis, Vice President of Brand Marketing, AutoCamp
  • Hilary Feutz, CHDM, Director, Sales Marketing, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Laura Grissen, Senior Manager, Customer Success (MDS), Marriott International
  • Emily Hill, Account Manager, Field Marketing, IHG
  • Katie Horner, CHDM, Email Marketing Manager, Red Roof
  • Trecy Jacalne, CHDM, Hotel Marketing Manager, Hilton Grand Vacations
  • Davis Keeter, CHDM, Marketing Activation Consultant, Best Western International
  • Garrick Lee, Digital Marketing Manager, Oneida Nation Enterprises
  • Michele Marcinick, Communications & Events Coordinator, Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Sarah Merrell, , IHG Hotels & Resorts
  • Meredith Pittman, CHDM, Digital Marketing Manager, Remington Hotels
  • Kelsey Prince, CHDM, Area Director of Marketing, Pacific Hospitality Group
  • Jessie Radcliff, Director of Revenue Management & Direct Marketing, Perdido Beach Resort
  • Ashley Seier, Director of Marketing, Blue Mountain Resort
  • Bianca Sewake, Social Media Manager, Aqua-Aston Hospitality
  • Jacob Smith, , Oxford Collection
  • Isaiah Tillman, Marketing Specialist, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Jennifer Torres, CHDM, Markerting and Communications Manager, Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort


2023 Members include:

  • Matt Acker, CRME, Corporate Manager of Revenue Strategy, Concord Hotels
  • Taylor Baca, CRME, CHDM, Director of Revenue Management, Balboa Bay Resort
  • Emily Bardin, CRME, Area Director, Revenue Strategy, Aimbridge Hospitality
  • Amanda Bruun, CRME, Cluster Director of Revenue Management, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
  • Kari Costanza, CRME, Revenue & Inventory Manager, Terranea Resort
  • Natalie Fournier, CRME, CHDM, Director of Revenue, Thompson San Antonio
  • Sadie Garside, CRME, Senior Manager, Client Engagement, Kalibri Labs
  • Jesslyn Gillespie, CRME, Cluster Revenue Manager, Autocamp
  • Yvonne Gu McDowell, CRME, CHDM, CHBA, Revenue Manager, Kaanapali Beach Hotel
  • Charity Hanke, Corporate Revenue Strategy Manager, Oxford Hotel Collection
  • Haley Maltz, CRME, Director of Revenue Strategy, CoralTree Hospitality
  • Anthony Martely, Sales Leader, Business Intelligence, OTA Insight
  • Cheryl McMaster, CHA, Senior Manager, Distribution & Channel Management, Sonesta International
  • Shelby Neal, Director, Revenue Management, Atrium Hospitality
  • Dev Patel, Owner/VP Revenue, Mission Hospitality
  • Anthony Rose, CRME, Director of Sales,, IDeaS Revenue Solutions
  • Scott Schachter, CRME, Account Manager, Booking.com
  • Emma Scher, Strategy Insights & Planning Consultant, ZS
  • Danielle Wurtzell, CRME, Area Director of Revenue Strategy, Remington Hotels