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Top 40: Lindsay Hamm

Lindsay Hamm’s personal philosophy is simple – never be afraid to try something different, set your goals high and work hard.

The Austin, Texas, native certainly has lived by her own words as a working professional. As area sales director for MMI Hotel Group, Hamm oversees sales and promotion of two Cabot Lodge hotels and Madison’s Hilton Garden Inn. Through participation and a partnership with the Mississippi Development Authority’s tourism board, she gladly promotes her adopted state as a prime destination for business and leisure travelers.

“My boss, Scott Sledge, who is regional director of operations for MMI, is my role model,” Hamm said. “He has taught me that through persistence and dedication, results are achieved. Scott also reminds me that being passionate about what you do makes goals more attainable.”

A University of Mississippi graduate, Hamm is the current president of the Madison The City Chamber of Commerce. She’s worked for the organization for a decade and served as a board member prior to her being appointed to the top position.

Another professional accomplishment for Hamm was being selected as runner-up for the Hilton Garden Inn Brand Director of Sales of the Year.

“To be chosen among the best of the best was quite an honor,” she said. “Even more exciting to me was the fact that our hotel in Madison was considered for this honor while competing against markets such as New York and Los Angeles.”

Additionally, Hamm was honored as the Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year by the Mississippi Hotel & Lodging Association in 2004.

Rosie Vassallo, a former executive director of Madison The City Chamber of Commerce, says the affable Hamm is a passionate advocate for the city and her employer.

“Lindsay is a remarkable young lady with a can-do attitude,” said Vassallo. “She is dedicated to excellence in customer satisfaction, which has made a significant difference in the lives of so many as well as the success of the chamber.”

Being a motivator and working to engage and energize others towards a goal are Hamm’s most valuable personal skills, she acknowledges.

“I try to set a good example and to only ask others to do what I would do myself,” Hamm said.


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