About us

The Mid-South Chapter of HSMAI has a long and successful history since our beginning in the mid 1980’s. We have won multiple Frank Berman HSMAI awards over the years, including Leadership Development, Eudcational programming, Community Involvement, Customer Interaction,Communications and Marketing, Sponsorships and Partnerships.  We even won "Chapter of the Year" in 2007!  

We award hospitality scholarships to area hospitality students and welcome students and faculty members to join us as they prepare to rock their own hospitality careers.  We think HSMAI helps them get off to a great start! 

For over 20 years, we have collected teddy bears (and tigers and gators,and dogs) to donate to Child Advocacy Center during our Annual Holiday Luncheon program and we are grateful to have been able to make cash donations to this worthy organization as well.  Our members give back to the community every year through events and fundraisers and we are so proud of their generosity.  

Beginning in 2012, we started the annual "Carrie Turner Board Member of the Year" award.  This award is given to a board member who best exemplifies the dedication, determination and leadership qualities that founding board member, Carrie Turner brought to this organization in her over 20-years as a board member.  Although retired from the board, Carrie still helps us out and is a strong advocate for us.  

We continue to work to make this chapter an outstanding resource for hospitality professionals in the Mid-South and each year our goal is to do our best to help our members fuel sales, inspire marketing and optimize revenue.  

 

2016 HSMAI Mid-South Board of Directors  

PRESIDENT
Courtney Ray

PRESIDENT
Colleen Palmertree

PAST PRESIDENT 
Shirley Davis Conner
 
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Amy Gray
hsmaiamy@yahoo.com

SECRETARY
Kelly Woods
 
VP FUNDRAISING/SPECIAL EVENTS
Ashley Atkins-Free
 
VP FINANCE
Mary Howton
 
STUDENT LIAISON / VP COMMUNICATIONS
Inna Soifer

VP MEMBERSHIP
Helen Nelson

Asst VP MEMBERSHIP
Diedra Anderson

VP EDUCATION/PROGRAMS
Nicole Marton

Asst VP EDUCATION/PROGRAMS
Mary Ruth Yates

BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE
Mike Lee
mlee@nolansav.com

HONORARY BOARD MEMBER
Carrie Turner