Nominations and applications are now being received for HSMAI San Diego's Board of Directors for 2018.

This is your personal invitation to get involved with HSMAI in 2018 and make a difference in YOUR industry association. The current Board of the San Diego Chapter (BOD) of HSMAI is in the process of planning next year's programs and building the Leadership Team for the upcoming New Year. 

As a member of the HSMAI Board of Directors, you will be on the Chapter's leadership team, responsible for ensuring that HSMAI San Diego meets the professional, educational, and social needs of our ever-expanding hospitality industry.     

To be elected to the Board of Directors nominees must:

  • Be a member in good standing of HSMAI San Diego
  • Agree to attend monthly Board of Directors meetings (typically about 1 1/2 hour)
  • Actively engage in a minimum of one committee or task force during their term
  • Commit to furthering the Chapter's strategic goals and objectives

Serving on the BOD also offers a great opportunity to give back to both colleagues and community! 

If you (or someone you know) fits the above qualifications, please COMPLETE APPLICATION HERE no later than Thursday, September 21, 2017.  

If you have questions please contact us: Managing Director (HSMAIManagingDirector@gmail.com) or Nominating Committee Chair (Gware@sandiego.org).

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Become an HSMAI Board or Committee Member Now!

Are you interested in volunteering in an organization committed to the San Diego hospitality community? We welcome applications to become a Board or Committee member year round with an official Board change at the end of every calendar year. Please refer to this document for the board position descriptions. Please fill out the online application form or contact us with your interest to serve and we'll find a place for you.

2017 Board and Commitee Members

Dana Cariss - Evolution Hospitality

Immediate Past President
Gillian Ware, CMP - SD Tourism Authority

Managing Director
Denise Vissat - Very Well Done Productions

Richard Hancock - Realtor/ Mobile Notary

Elaine La Placa Heston - Goldfield Stage Company

Vice President/Membership & Recruitment
Harold Johnson - Expedia

VP of Programs
Elizabeth Fuller - The Bristol Hotel, San Diego

Director of Communications
Charlie Portman - Video Advertising Specialists

Director of Sponsorship 
Filipe Machaz - GuestCentric

Director of Social Media/Technology
Jeremiah Magone - MoreDirectBooking.com

Director of Logistics
Jose Curiel - Westin San Diego

Director of Fundraising
Heidi Alcantara - Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services

Director at Large
Umut Aslan - Men In Black Transportation

Director of Student Relations
Heather Boye - Flagship Cruises

Student Liaison
Christina Vazquez - SD State University

Committee Member

Darlene G. Larson - San Diego Zoo

Committee Member
John Parker - Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown

Committee Member
Lucy Lopez -
San Diego Convention Center

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