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Questex’s Hotel Management Announces the Inaugural List of “Forty Over 40”

NEW YORK, March 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Questex’s Hotel Management today announces the inaugural “Forty Over 40” list, which showcases strong, passionate leaders in the hospitality industry who are age 40 plus.

For the first time, Hotel Management opened up its call for nominations to the greater industry in order to capture true talent forty or over that deserves widespread recognition for their dedication to the field.

More than 115 nominations were received, and 40 professionals were chosen by Hotel Management’s senior editorial staff for their dedication and outstanding achievements. They are:

Kurt Alexander, President, Omni Hotels & Resorts
Mark Alvarez, Chief People & Culture Officer, HP Hotels
Matthew Barba, Chief Operating Officer, Charlestowne Hotels
Sam Barnwell, Vice President Operations & Development, Hotel Investment Services
Alycia Bilbrey, Regional Director of Operations, National Hospitality Services
Rik Blyth, Vice President & General Manager, La Fonda on the Plaza
John Brewster, Chief Engineer, SpringHill Suites Franklin (Tenn.) Cool Springs
Lynda Campbell, Vice President of Operations, 5 Senses Hospitality
Brian Cooke, Vice President of Food & Beverage, Driftwood Hospitality
Liz Dahlager, Executive Vice President, Mereté Hotel Management
Carol Davies, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Driftwood Hospitality Management
David Duncan, CEO & President, First Hospitality
Sarah Eustis, Founder & CEO, Main Street Hospitality
Jenni Gaherty, Regional Director of Sales, HHM
Gary Gobin, Director of Operations, hihotels by Hospitality International
David Gould, President of Operations, Superhost Hospitality
Tinisha Green, Revenue Strategist, Crown Hotel & Travel Management
Felicia Haynes, Director of Sales, Embassy Suites Memphis
Rhett Hirko, Senior VP, Revenue Optimization & Distribution, Preferred Travel Group
Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Vice President, Historic Hotels of America & Historic Hotels Worldwide
Brent Jackson, President, Jackson Hotel Management
Sue James, Senior Director, Hilton Worldwide Sales Asia, Hilton
Thomas Kirkland, CEO & Founder, TEKMAK Development
Willis Loughhead, General Manager, The Algonquin Hotel, Times Square
Simon Mais, Chief Operating Officer, EOS Hospitality
David Mariotti, Area General Manager, Remington Hotels
James Meminger, Vice President of eCommerce, HHM
Brian Mock, General Manager, Ideal Hospitality
Kirk Pederson, President, Sightline Hospitality
Jack Poling, General Manager, Hampton Inn Wheeling
Michelle Sedlak, Area Director of Sales, Aimbridge Hospitality
Daymain Smith, CEO & Founder, Synergy Hospitality Group
Richard Squires, Managing Partner, Lennox Capital Partners
Samantha Stallings, Corporate Director – Sales & Culture, HD-Hospitality
Lisa Starks, Director of Human Resources, Crestline Hotels & Resorts
Carolina Torres, Area Director of Sales & Marketing, Economos Properties
Kirt Trivedi, President & Managing Partner, Anant Operations
Hubert Viriot, CEO, YOTEL
Mihir Wankawala, Managing Director, The Wankawala Organization
Shanna Wright, Vice President of Distribution Services, Red Roof

“Millennials—and now those even younger—have received much attention as of late for their contributions to the industry, but Gen X and above are still in the prime of their careers,” said Elaine Simon, Senior Managing Editor with Questex Hospitality and Hotel Management. “HM’s inaugural Forty Over 40 project celebrates some of the most amazing over-40 hoteliers in the business today, ranging from general managers and directors of sales up to CEOs and company founders. We are so excited to present this group to the industry at large and are happy to announce that it will be an annual project going forward. Congratulations to our first Forty Over 40 winners!“

The 2023 “Forty Over 40” winners are featured in the March 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.

About Questex
Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

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