Blake Bacall receives Thirty under 30 award from Hotel Management - Press - Elite Hospitality Group - Blake_Bacall_(1)

Questex Hospitality, the parent company of Hotel Management, has announced the annual “Thirty Under 30” list, showcasing up-and-coming talent in the hospitality industry. 



Each year, Hotel Management opens up its call for nominations to the greater industry in order to capture true rising talent that deserves widespread recognition for their dedication to the field. Nominees must be 29 years old or younger as of Dec. 31, 2020, currently work at any level in a hotel field (operations, management, ownership, technology, asset management, consulting, training, sales & marketing), have completed a significant project for his or her hotel or organization and be recognized by leaders of his or her own hotel or organization as an emerging leader.


This year, more than 75 nominations were received, and 30 professionals were chosen by Hotel Management’s senior editorial staff for their dedication and outstanding achievements. They are:

  1. Blake Bacall, managing principal/VP of investments & operations, Elite Hospitality Group
  2. Alex Biondi, director of sales, Hyatt Place Greenville Haywood
  3. Thomas Botts, guest service representative, Sugar Lake Lodge
  4. David Carrera, front desk manager, Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown
  5. Ashley Cluster, general manager and director of sales & marketing, Holiday Inn Express & Suites I-95 Capitol Beltway-Largo
  6. Silvie Cohen, VP, hotelAVE
  7. Maddy Cretella, director of engagement + Marketing, Landmark Hospitality
  8. Lerah Foreman, Marketing & Business Development Coordinator, Pathfinder Development
  9. Levi Forester, general manager, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Forest
  10. Lily Gaspar, Front of House manager, The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa
  11. Justin Grigull, assistant director of finance, Hyatt Regency Orlando
  12. Ashley Honeycutt, director of sales & events, Holiday Inn Cincinnati Riverfront
  13. Nick Isernia, assistant general manager, Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa
  14. James Kay, Chief of Staff, Life House
  15. Kyle Lennon, director of sales, Staybridge Suites Harrisburg Hershey
  16. Marissa-May Little, revenue analyst, Hotel Equities
  17. Audrey Mathis, enterprise business travel sales manager, Atrium Hospitality
  18. Cheryl McMaster, senior manager of distribution & channel management, Sonesta/RLH Franchising
  19. Jack Meakin, regional director of business development, Hotel Equities
  20. Ana Morales, corporate accounting manager, Atrium Hospitality
  21. Shelby Norris, area director sales, Aimbridge Hospitality
  22. Parth Patel, CEO, Apex Hotel Group
  23. Skye Pluchino, assistant general manager, Homewood Suites Carmel
  24. Eric Rubino, principal, Extreme Hospitality
  25. Tracey Sandler, assistant general manager, Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown
  26. Rachael Stevens, front of house manager, Pennyhill Park
  27. Hannah Tomkins, recruiting manager, HHM
  28. Ashlee Trevis, area director of sales, HHM
  29. Adam Winning, dual general manager, Hampton Inn & Suites Clearwater Beach/Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club, An Ascend Hotel Collection
  30. Ashley Xu, managing director, GreenTree Hospitality Group

“This year's Thirty Under 30 winners showcase an amazing array of talent and drive, and Hotel Management is proud to spotlight these young hoteliers,” said Elaine Simon, Senior Managing Editor with Questex Hospitality and Hotel Management. “We look forward to hearing their unique perspectives on our Young Professionals pages throughout 2022 as well as watching how their careers progress in coming years.”

The 2021 Thirty Under 30 winners are featured in the October print issue of Hotel Management. Hotel Management’s 2021 “Thirty Under 30” Awards are sponsored by DIRECTV HOSPITALITY.

Source: Hotel Management