For release: January 26, 2010
For press information, contact Debra Burns, 214/952-2130
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has selected
Dr. Eric T. Brey of the University of Memphis’ Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality
and Resort Management as one of the “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and
Marketing” for 2009. The seventh annual list recognizes the “best of the best” in
the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries. The recipients will be honored during
a private ceremony preceding the Adrian Awards Gala on Feb. 1 at the New York Marriott
Marquis, and they will be recognized on stage at the event.
Dr. Eric T. Brey
The “Top 25” recipients were judged by a panel of senior industry executives for their
recent work based on the following criteria: creativity and innovation, cutting edge
sales or marketing campaigns, triumph in challenging situations, and sales efforts
that resulted in dramatic gains.
Brey is director of the Center for Resort and Hospitality Business and assistant professor
in the Kemmons Wilson School. His career continues to focus on understanding consumer
experiences and their effect on hotels and resorts. For his work, Brey has received
several research excellence awards, has been recognized for teaching innovation, and
has been quoted by more than 125 international publication and media outlets, including
Forbes, Business Week, USA Today, The New York Post, The Washington Post, and CBS News.
Brey has also presented internationally to industry conferences including the Caribbean
Sales and Marketing Strategy Conference, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association
Small Hotels Retreat, and the Women’s Foodservice Forum. He received his Ph.D. degree
in hospitality and tourism management from Purdue University and earned bachelor’s
and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
“With recipients including major hotel and resort companies to CEOs of marketing organizations,
this is the highest honor that I could receive as an educator for my work within hospitality
marketing,” said Brey. “As an industry award given by executives to professionals,
this validates a firm focus on providing industry support through practitioner-directed
research, an applied teaching focus, and service in support of industry organizations.”
“The Top 25 is a ‘hot list’ that celebrates the sales and marketing leaders and innovators
of our industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert, president and CEO of HSMAI. “The creative
strategies, passionate dedication, and sharp intelligence of these professionals have
not only made a difference within their organizations, but have also truly raised
the bar for the hospitality industry as a whole.”
In addition to celebrating Brey’s work, the New York gala will recognize the top achievements
in advertising, marketing and public relations in the hospitality, travel and tourism
industries with the Adrian Award.