HOTEL MANAGEMENT Magazine Reveals "Thirty Under 30" - 30 Influential Rising Stars in Hospitality, All Under 30 Years of Age

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HOTEL MANAGEMENT releases its annual “Thirty Under 30” list, showcasing the hospitality industry’s rising talent. 

Each year, HOTEL MANAGEMENT opens up its call for nominations to the greater industry in order to capture true rising talent that deserves widespread recognition for their dedication to the field. Nominees must be 30 years old or younger as of Dec. 31, 2017, currently work at any level in a hotel field (operations, management, ownership, technology, asset management, consulting, training, sales & marketing), have completed a significant project for his or her hotel or organization and be recognized by leaders of his or her own hotel or organization as an emerging leader.

This year's class is a testament to hard work and dedication within the hospitality industry and I salute these young professionals on a job well done and look forward to watching their careers evolve.

David Eisen, Editor-in-Chief, Questex Hospitality Group & HOTEL MANAGEMENT magazine

This year, more than 60 nominations were received and the below 30 professionals were chosen by HOTEL MANAGEMENT’s senior editorial staff for their outstanding achievements:

1.     Alexa Abbananto, Manager, Global Brand Sales & Commercial Integration, Hilton

2.     Aaron Allison, Membership Development Coordinator, RLH Corporation

3.     Andrew Bou-Sliman, Vice President of Acquisitions & Development, Naples Hotel Group

4.     Stacey Carr, Manager, Member and Franchise Operations, Americas Best Value Inn and Canadas Best Value Inn, Red Lion Hotels Corporation

5.     Tim Goebel, Manager, Marketing, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

6.     Gabby Gordon, Director, Finance, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

7.     Daniel Heagney, General Manager, Found Hotels

8.     Joseph (Joe) Heck, Director of People Support, HHM

9.     Billy Joyeux, Assistant General Manager/Revenue Manager, Ramada Columbus North/Polaris

10.  Samantha Kapellusch, Assistant General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn/Chattanooga Downtown

11.  Katherine Kies, Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, Pollin Miller Hotel Group

12.  Lia Knight, Benefits Coordinator, First Hospitality Group, Inc.

13.  Sean Kreiman, Senior Associate, Asset Management, CHMWarnick. LLC

14.  Pierce Meck, Senior Associate on the Acquisitions and Development, Hersha Hospitality Trust

15.  Melody  Odell, General Manager, Innisfree Hotels

16.  Saajan B. Patel, Vice President, Operations, Mirage Hospitality

17.  Sawan Patel, Managing Partner, Unity Hotels Group

18.  Marleen Perez, Human Resources Manager, Hilton West Palm Beach

19.  Greg Prescott, Director of New Business & Talent management, Columbia Hospitality

20.  Danielle Rakowitz, Digital Content Producer, Wyndham Hotel Group

21.  Chelsea Salamone, Senior Investment Analyst, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

22.  Sam Schwartz, Development Director, First Hospitality Group

23.  Anthony Scotland, Senior Manager of Loyalty and Brand Marketing for the Independent Hotel Portfolio, HHM

24.  Collette Sembler, Brand Marketing Manager, Wyndham Hotel Group

25.  Sommer Shiver, Corporate Communications & Marketing Manager, Hotel Equities

26.  Jacob, Verstegen, Executive Chef, LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton

27.  Eduard Wedel, Senior Director, Asset Management, The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC

28.  Tricia Wieser, Restaurant Manager, Marriott Los Angeles Airport

29.  Emma Williams, Area Director of Revenue Management, Independent Hotel Portfolio, HHM

30.  Jeff Wu, Director, Corporate Finance and Business Development, Viceroy Hotel Group

"This year's class is a testament to hard work and dedication within the hospitality industry and I salute these young professionals on a job well done and look forward to watching their careers evolve," said David Eisen, Editor-in-Chief of the Questex Hospitality Group and HOTEL MANAGEMENT magazine. "These are the leaders of tomorrow and the list is proof that the industry is in great hands."

The 2017 Thirty Under 30 winners will be featured in the Oct. 17 print issue of HOTEL MANAGEMENT. Visit to learn more.


About Hotel Management, a Division of Questex Hospitality Group

HOTEL MANAGEMENT is a leading B2B centralized print and online source for the latest news, trends and analysis across the hospitality industry. Stay up-to-date on breaking news in global and local investment, development, technology, operations, food & beverage and design.

HOTEL MANAGEMENT is a division of Questex, a leading global business information company headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts. We drive business investment, innovation and demand creation in the markets we serve by bringing investors, buyers, sellers and professionals together through a wide range of business events; inform them through our business information and intelligence products and support marketers with a comprehensive platform of demand generation, lead-gen, branding, digital media, events and marketing products and services produced by our professional staff and delivered worldwide.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: David Eisen, 212-895-8436,

MARKETING DIRECTOR: Alexandra Aldridge, 212-895-8284,

Source: Questex Hospitality Group


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