Lori O’Connell


President’s Message


Greetings and welcome to the HSMAI Greater New York Chapter.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Consuela Hooblal for all of her hard work these past two years as President of our chapter. Her continued efforts with both the chapter and with building our collegiate relations and Young Professionals Special Interest Group reflect not only her dedication to the organization today, but the future of the industry as well.

As your president, I am excited about all of the programs and events we have in store for 2017. At the close of 2016, your leadership team took part in an extensive planning session in which we set our goals and initiatives for the coming year.

To finish off the first half of 2017, on April 20th we welcome Jesse Comly, Founder & CEO of SenStay, and Steven Gottlieb, VP Revenue Management, East Coast, SBE for a discussion on Revenue Management, Differing Perspectives and Strategies.  Join us May 22nd for an expert panel discussion – What Are People Saying About You? Online Reputation Management – Perception vs. Reality with Tim Peter

Save the date! Join us on June 12, 2017 for the 24th Annual HSMAI Greater New York Chapter Awards of Excellence and the Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award to celebrate exceptional achievements in travel and tourism in New York City.  This year we honor the Central Park Conservancy at the landmark Rainbow Room. We will announce this year’s nominees for the Awards of Excellence in April.

More exciting programs to come, so watch for announcements via email, social media, and on our newly relaunched website.

I would like to thank all of our partners and sponsors whose continued support is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in becoming a platinum, gold, silver or bronze partner, or if you are interested in sponsoring a luncheon or our upcoming Frank W. Berkman Awards Dinner, please reach out to our Director of Partnerships & Sponsorships, Julian Emanuel.

Lastly, this organization would not be what it is without the help and dedication of our volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved (which I highly recommend), please feel free to contact anyone on the executive committee.

Thank you, and here’s to a great 2017!


Lori O’Connell


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