Best in Hospitality Industry Marketing to be Honored at HSMAI Gala; Hilton CEO Nassetta to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2014 HSMAI Awards recognize the "Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing" in the hospitality industry © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The 2014 HSMAI Awards recognize the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing” in the hospitality industry © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association is honoring the 2014 HSMAI Adrian Award lifetime achievement award winners during the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala, February 23, 2015, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

This year’s recipients, Christopher J. Nassetta and Geoffrey Weill, have shown dedication to the travel and hospitality industry, driving unique and noteworthy advertising, marketing and public relations initiatives.

Christopher J. Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton Worldwide, has been selected as the Albert E. Koehl Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Marketing recipient for 2014. “Chris has shown a dedication to the hospitality industry throughout his career, and is an ambassador for the global hospitality industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert president and CEO of HSMAI. “Since coming to Hilton, he has energized their brands, with a renewed focus on guest experience, strategic marketing, culture and innovation. He is most deserving and we are excited to present him with the Albert E. Koehl Award.”

Nassetta joined Hilton Worldwide in 2007 after serving as President and CEO of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. for seven years. Prior to joining Host Hotels & Resorts, Nassetta co-founded Bailey Capital Corporation in 1991, where he was responsible for the operations of the real estate investment and advisory firm. 

Geoffrey Weill, President of WEILL, is the 2014 recipient of the Winthrop W. Grice Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Public Relations. “Throughout his career, Geoffrey has been hugely successful,” said Robert A. Gilbert, president and CEO of HSMAI. “He is knowledgeable and supportive of his fellow practitioners, offering advice and counsel and sharing opportunities with others. Geoffrey epitomizes everything that is good about public relations and continues to promote the joys of travel for visitors from first timers to sophisticated and discerning people.”

Weill opened his agency in 1995 and has worked in the tourism public relations industry since 1976, starting with the Israel Government Tourist Office, a client he continues to represent.

The HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala, February 23, 2015, at the New York Marriott Marquis, is a multifaceted, black-tie networking extravaganza celebrating award-winning work, lifetime achievement, and the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing.”

The event opens with a dinner reception before the Awards Presentation that includes Adrian Awards Platinum & Best of Show; American Express Loyalty Award; Leader in Sustainable Tourism Award, presented in conjunction with National Geographic Traveler; TravelClick eMarketer of the Year; Yahoo! Yodeler of the Year ; Albert E. Koehl Award for Marketing: Christopher J. Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton Worldwide; and Winthrop W. Grice Award for Public Relations: Geoffrey Weill, President, WEILL.

For more information, visit www.adrianawards.com/gala/gala.asp.

 

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