Dave Hilfman at the Readers Choice Awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Andrei Jackamets
Dave Hilfman, United’s senior vice president of worldwide sales from 2010 to 2018, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Readers Choice Awards ceremony.
At United, Hilfman was responsible for directing the efforts of a team of more than 800 sales professionals who manage sales programs, relationships and revenue with corporations, travel management companies and distributors around the world.
Hilfman started his airline career in 1981 with Eastern Airlines as a campus sales representative at the University of South Florida, his alma mater. He held sales positions of increasing responsibility with Eastern throughout the Southeastern U.S. until joining Continental Airlines in 1986, where he served as regional sales manager in New York and director of the Western sales division based in Los Angeles.
In 1992, Hilfman moved to the airline’s corporate headquarters in Houston, where he held the positions of senior director of U.S. field sales, vice president of multinational sales and revenue programs and vice president of sales and reservations. From 2004 to 2010, Hilfman was senior vice president of worldwide sales for Continental.
The Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to individuals whose efforts have led to extraordinary results within an organization and who have also made significant contributions to the industry as a whole.