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Chapter Events - March 16-31

17 March 2017
HFTP Chapters have the following events scheduled for the 16 - 31 of March.March 16 - 18, 2017 2017 HFTP Mid-West Regional ConferenceRadisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington, MN2017 HFTP Mid-West Regional ConferenceFor further details - CLICK HERE March 16, 2017Southern Alberta Chapter12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Best Western Plus Port O'Call HotelCredit Card and Other Fraud Presented by: Heather Gramantik from the Hotel Police divisionFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 17, 2017Charlotte-Blue Ridge Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Country Club of AshevilleWage/Hour UpdateFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREBay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Stonebrae Country ClubControllers RoundtableFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERELos Cabos Chapter7:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Il Forno Di Gio, Vidanta HotelChapter vendor meetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 21, 2017Florida - Gold Coast Chapter8:30 - 10:00 a.m. | The Delray Beach ClubFoundation for Success presented by: Scott Garvis, Owner and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training Southeast FloridaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida - Manasota Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Laurel OakMicrosoft Office Applications Overview - Speaker: Paul Hoffman, CPA, President - SouthTechFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJamaica ChapterTime and Location: TBDMarch Membership MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENorth Texas Chapter6:00 p.m. | Doubletree Hotel - Dallas/Campbell CentreProperty Tax...the only annual tax based on OPINION! Presented by: Richard Osteen, Principal - MERITAX Property Tax ConsultantsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew Mexico Chapter11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Sheraton Albuquerque UptownJoint meeting with HRMA Albuquerque ChapterFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 22, 2017San Diego Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Wyndham San Diego BaysideHFTP San Diego Dinner with speaker: Todd Seiders, Director of Risk Management, for Petra Risk SolutionsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREBuffalo-Niagara Chapter6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Location TBDBuffalo Niagara HFTP Chapter MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida - Treasure Coast Chapter5:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Willoughby Golf ClubCyber Security in the Club World Presented by: Cynthia Zimmerman, Senior Vice President - Cyber Liability Co-Practice Leader at Socius Insurance ServicesFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 23, 2017Monterey Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Cypress InnMohammed Zaie, What's New With PCI?For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Philadelphia Chapter8:30 a.m. | The Radnor HotelElectronic Payment Systems in Clubs and Hotels, Cyber Security & Fraud Hosted by Mary Beth Fisher of globalVCardFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERERocky Mountain Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | The Crawford Hotel at Union StationCybersecurity Presented by: Dan Domagala - EKS&HFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREArizona - Valley of the Sun Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Embassy Suites ScottsdaleFast-Paced Industry of Sports and Television with Fox Sports newscaster Jodi JacksonFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREOhio Valley Chapter4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Columbus Hospitality ManagementMarch Board MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 24, 2017Jamaica ChapterTime and Location: TBDJamaica 10th Annual SeminarFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 28, 2017Northern Connecticut ChapterTime and Location: TBDCyber Fraud PresentationFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid-Florida - Orlando Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando DowntownHFTP General Membership Meeting - Speaker, Julie BarterFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 29, 2017Long Island Chapter4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Wheatley Hills Golf ClubBig Changes for the Affordable Care Act in 2017: Differentiating your Employee Benefits Plan Presented by: William Hussey, Cook Maran Associates, Employee Benefits and JP Galaris, Savoy Associates, VP New York RegionFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew York City Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Hotel Chelsea - El Quijote RestaurantTax Reform Proposals Presented by Leo Parmegiani, Partner PKF O'Connor Davies, LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREBritish Columbia Chapter2:00 p.m. | St. Regis Bar & GrillMarch 2017 Chapter Meeting - How do you Manage a 21st Century WorkforceFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMilwaukee Chapter4:15-7:30 p.m.| Racine Country ClubMarch Chapter Meeting - Roundtable: Sarit Singhal - Presenting Financial InformationFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 30, 2017Mid-Jersey Chapter4:00 p.m. | Deal Golf and Country Club2017 Employment Law Update Presented by: James J. Panzini - Principal, Jackson Lewis PCFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 31, 2017Central Carolina Chapter10:00 a.m. | The Country Club of North Carolina"Washington Update on Savings Initiatives" Presented by: Duff Meyer, Director of Retirement Plans at Carolina Wealth Management | "Emerging Issues in Human Resources" Presented by: Mike Womble, owner of Carolina Human Resources, Inc.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - March 17

17 March 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:What hoteliers should know about overbooking - Hotel News NowMassive new investment in hotel development - eHotelier Make your travel website mobile-friendly or it won't rank in search - simples - TnoozWhy CIOs Make Great Board Directors - Harvard Business ReviewWhich PMS integrations are the most important? - Hotel ManagementVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

Reserve Your Spot Today - CHTP Review Webinar Series

10 March 2017
Registration is now open for the CHTP Review Webinar Series! Reserve your spot today and set a foundation for success today. Click here to view the full list of HFTP webinars. April 06 | CHTP Review Course Part 1April 13 | CHTP Review Course Part 2April 20 | CHTP Review Course Part 3Registration FeesHFTP Members: $50 USD per each sessionNonmembers: $100 USD per each sessionAbout CHTPThe Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) is a hospitality specific designation. As opposed to other technology designations, the CHTP shows both a dedication to hospitality AND technology. The review webinar series is designed to help those who are interested int he CHTP Certification program, prepare and set a foundation for success in passing the the exam. Those needing educational credits to renewal their certifications may also attend. Click here to learn more about the CHTP.

HFTP Digital Learning Day Speakers Announced - Register Today!

10 March 2017
Register today for HFTP's second annual Digital Learning Day from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST on March 22, 2017. This completely online event will explore some of the hottest topics our industry faces today. Enjoy all of this great learning right from your own desktop. Choose from one or more of the online session topics below. Click here to view all upcoming HFTP webinars. 2017 Schedule1) Ethical Dilemmas | Register Now10:30-11:30 a.m. CSTPresented by: Phillip Maltin, Partner at Lathrop & Gage, LLP.Finance and IT professionals bump into ethical predicaments with surprising frequency. Worse, many don't recognize them when they encounter them. Failing to recognize an ethical issue is means to resolving it by pure luck. This program looks beyond the canons of ethics to teach the skills needed for identifying ethical problems and the sharp thinking that professionals need to attack ethical problems.2) The Many Shades of Grey: Avoiding Costly Employment Litigation | Register Now12:00-1:00 p.m. CSTPresented by: Melodie Craft, Shareholder at Littler and Van Goodwin, Shareholder at LittlerThis session will provide an overview of new developments in labor and employment law and their impact. The speakers will also address key employment issues and challenges facing companies that can result in costly employment litigation, and provide practical suggestions and strategic takeaways for employers to minimize the risks of such litigation.3) Cybersecurity/Personal Identity Theft | Register Now1:30-2:30 p.m. CSTPresented by: Daniel Johnson, Chief Operations Officer at Venza, Inc.This session is a comprehensive exploration of data security as the business issue that it is. Long gone are the days of relegating data security as a process of allocating funds for a technological solution to a technological nuisance.4) Hot Topics of Immigration Law for the Club and Hospitality Industry | Register Now3:00-4:00 p.m. CSTPresented by: Keith Pabian, Esq., Immigration Attorney at Pabian Law, LLC.Visa and immigration issues have been front and center for the club and hospitality industry over the past few months. Northern organizations have been greatly affected by the H-2B visa cap being reached earlier than ever. The H-1B visa system continues to provide roadblocks for organizations in need of year-round talent. Travel bans, a border wall, and rumors of changes to various visa regulations have all been topics of conversation from coast to coast. This webinar will focus on understanding the current immigration landscape and what it means for clubs and hospitality organizations. We will also discuss visa options for private clubs and hospitality organizations, including the H-2B seasonal visa and year-round visa options with an eye toward understanding what the future will hold for these options under the new administration.Enjoy all of this great learning right from your own desktop., and earn educational credits that may be applied toward your current renewal cycle. HFTP Member ($20.00 USD per session); Prospective Industry Professional Member ($50.00 USD per session).Contact the HFTP Meetings and Event Department for more information: Linnet Baskett by email or phone +1 (512) 220-4018.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - March 10

10 March 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:Tech experts clarify ins and outs of door lock security - Hotel News NowTourism boards admit large effort needed for relevancy in digital world - TnoozWhy Hospitality Does Not Make an Emotional Connection to Its Guests - Hotel Business ReviewThe effects of the U.S. travel ban on bookings - Hotel ManagementWhat to Expect in LED Lighting in 2017 - Lodging MagazineVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

Now Available Online: The Bottomline Winter 2017

8 March 2017
The Bottomline is HFTP's quarterly journal which includes feature articles on finance and technology best practices, industry research reports, general management tips, HFTP news and profiles of industry and association leaders. Learn More> HFTP Membership>The Bottomline Winter 2017Volume 31, Number 4In this issue: Device Management: How Travelers Secure Electronics During a Hotel Stay * The Role of the Asset Manager * Demystifying the Digital Marketplace, Part II * A Tribute to The Bottomline -- Past, Present and Future * Do Self-service Technologies Matter In Improving Consumer Commitment? * Tech Talk with Carson Booth, HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council ChairQuestions?Eliza SeligHFTP Director of Communicationseliza.selig@hftp.org+1 (512) 220-4026.Stay ConnectedStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Welcome New HFTP Members from February 2017

6 March 2017
HFTP(r) is proud to welcome its new members who joined last month in February. Please welcome the newest members to HFTP. Learn more about HFTP Membership by watching a quick membership video.Stay ConnectedStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - March 3

3 March 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:Attracting Millennial Applicants with Technology - Lodging MagazineTraveling At The Speed Of Technology - Hotel InteractiveCould new mobile biometrics hold the key to global traveller identity? - TnoozKey to good budgeting: Be realistic, flexible - Hotel News NowA starter guide for hospitality companies - eHotelierVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

Join HFTP's Digital Learning Day 2017

3 March 2017
Join HFTP for its second annual Digital Learning Day this month - registration opens soon.Who: HFTP members & nonmembers What: HFTP Digital Learning Day 2017When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 10:30-4:00 p.m. CSTWhere: Online eventWhy: Excpetional educational opportunity for hospitality professionals How Much: $20.00 USD per session (HFTP member); $50.00 USD per session (nonmember)This completely online event will explore some of the hottest topics the hospitality technology and finance industry faces today. Enjoy all of this great learning right from your own desktop. Earn educational credits that may be applied toward your current renewal cycle. Additional session information will be available soon. Contact the HFTP Meetings and Event Department for more information: Linnet Baskett by email or phone +1 (512) 220-4018Click Here to View all Upcoming Webinars

Congratulations to the New CHAE Designees

2 March 2017
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) last month in February.New CHAEsLynn Liptak, CHAE * Assistant Controller River Bend Golf and Country Club * USAZenaida Dulce, CHAE * Controller Scarboro Golf and Country Club * USAFor questions or more information on HFTP's certification programs, contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at robin.bogdon@hftp.org or +1 (512) 220-4021. Learn more about the CHAE and CHTP.

Chapter Events - March 1-15

1 March 2017
Chapter events for the first half of March 2017:March 7, 2017Mid Florida Chapter6:00 p.m. | OCCCMarch Board MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJamaica ChapterTime and Location: TBDBoard of Directors MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 9, 2017New England Club Chapter4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Dedham Country & Polo ClubThe Top Ten Things that CFO's, Controllers & HR Managers should be concerned about - presented by: Frank Zych, VP of HR KnowledgeFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 10, 2017South Florida Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Delray Yacht CruisesMarch Chapter Event - Sunset Yacht CruiseFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 15, 2017Chicago Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Cafe BaBa Reeba - Valencia RoomHelping Make a Lasting Impression on Your Guests - Presented by: Sager Patel co-founder of TraknProtectFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew England Hotel Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | The Charles HotelGeneral Manager's Panel - hosted by Yianni Korkovelos, IT DirectorFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Student Receives HFTP Scholarship

24 February 2017
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) student Hailey Young received a scholarship from HFTP during the HFTP Southern Alberta Chapter dinner event that took place on campus from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Young is currently pursuing her Hospitality Management diploma at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Young's industry experience consists of accounting duties including: reconciling daily revenue; paying supplier invoices; processing payroll; and attending budget meetings to forecast the hotel's budget for the following year. In addition, she maintains front office management skills including: charging room folios on the PMS system Maestro; and checking guests in/out while exercising customer service skills.Young hopes to one day travel overseas and manage a hotel. She believes her education from SAIT will prepare her with the tools and experience to fulfill her goal, and mentioned the funding from the HFTP scholarship will further her education and hospitality career. About SAITThe Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is a polytechnic institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. SAIT offers more than 100 career programs in technology, trades and business.A SAIT education offers students practical experience and theoretical knowledge in a real-world context. Students benefit from hands-on learning in unique labs and classrooms, participation in applied research on campus with industry partners and, in many programs, workplace practicums that enable them to apply their learning to meet current industry needs.SAIT's close partnerships with industry, government and other post-secondaries help to give students the skills and connections they need to succeed in local, national and global economies. Learn More>Stay Connected with HFTPStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - February 24

24 February 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:The Rising Cost of Rooms - Lodging MagazineHotel guests are changing but hoteliers not keeping up with their IT needs - Web in TravelAre alternative payment methods mature enough for broad adoption? - Tnooz U.S. Data Breaches Hit All-Time High - CFO MagazineHow hotels can reduce laundry costs and preserve linens - Hotel ManagementVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

Thank You To The 2017 HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Sponsors

23 February 2017
Thank you to all of the 2017 HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference sponsors:Platinum SponsorsClear Sky SoftwarePOST Integrations, Inc.Jonas Club SoftwareFairway Forms & Printing, IncNorthstarDixon Hughes Goodman, LLPGold SponsorClubessentialSilver SponsorsADPBlack Lantern SecurityCSPEben ConceptsEZ Club APHughes Pittman & Gupton, LLPPaycomOasis OutsourcingOneDigitalEZ LinksSyscoUSIVGM ClubUS FoodsReception SponsorCarr Riggs & IngramBronze SponsorsCherry Bekaert, LLPCarolina Wealth ManagementSIA GroupProfessional Accounting Soluctions, Inc. (PAS)PBMaresAttendee SponsorsEvelyn GreenSteve ArgoTerese DailyStay Connected with HFTPStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

2017 HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference

23 February 2017
The 2017 HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference began today and is taking place from February 23-25, 2017 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown in Raleigh, North Carolina USA. HFTP Director of Membership Development & Services Bryan Wood is in attendance. A joint effort by the HFTP Central Carolina, Charlotte-Blue Ridge, South Carolina, and Central Virginia Chapters, the Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference is held in an effort to bring together all the HFTP professionals in the region for continuing professional education with time for socializing and getting to know each other better.Schedule of Events>More Information>

Another Fun Sharing Session at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

23 February 2017
I met a few of these students at the HCAA AGM and Annual Dinner late last year and felt they could do with some help in how to prepare a decent CV and apply for jobs in hotels, so offered to organise a small session for them.We met this week with this very charming group of students who are all studying Hotel & Tourism Management at HK's Polytechnic University and are part of HFTP's Student Chapter there. I was delighted to be joined by two old friends from The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Group and Elsie Leung gave a terrific PPT presentation addressing all the key areas that framed our discussions. Together we were able to give them lots of great insights, information and hopefully also some encouragement as they go about trying to land their first ful-time job. Good luck to you all!Everyone needs a little help when starting out - ok, we can't help everyone, but surely we need to do what we can for those who come across our path.Full Article>HFTP Hong Kong Polytechnic University Student Chapter>

Chapter Highlight: HFTP Houston Chapters

17 February 2017
The University of Houston Student Chapter celebrated Valentine's Day with a successful bake sale on Tuesday, February 14 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Hilton Student Lobby. Click here to follow the HFTP Student Chapter on Facebook. Visit the student chapter's official website to find additional information about upcoming events, new members, videos and much more. HFTP's Greater Houston Chapter hosted its first meeting of 2017 last night on Thursday February 16, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the new Marriott Marquis Houston. The student chapter also was invited. Hosted by Rosa Tang, director of finance and accounting at Marriott Marquis Houston, the meeting agenda ran as follows:Hotel Tour: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.Reception: 6:30 - 7:00 p.mDinner and Speaker: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.Speaker David Parker, president of DP Consulting, gave a presentation on "The Houston Economy and its Impact on Hotel Demand." The chapter's next dinner meeting is scheduled for April, and its next organization event will consist of food bank volunteering on Friday, March 3, 2017. Visit the HFTP Greater Houston Chapter website to find additional information about upcoming events, new members, leadership, involvement and much more. Find an HFTP chapter near you>Stay Connected with HFTPStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - February 17

17 February 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:5 Simple Ways Hotels Can Use Data to Increase Revenue - HospitalityNetHoteliers Comb the Ranks of Tech Workers to Gain an Edge - New York TimesEngaging Your Hotel's Financial Leaders - Hotel OnlineSocial Media Drives Engagement, but Does It Drive Revenue? - Hotel Business ReviewHarnessing the power of cloud and mobile hotel PMS - eHotelierVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

Chapter Events - February 16-28

16 February 2017
The following are the events planned for the remainder of February 2017:February 16, 2017Bay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | San Jose State UniversityEngaging the Millennial with guest Speaker: Meghna Virick, Professor and Director, School of Management College of Business, San Jose State UniversityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMonterey Chapter11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Marriott Monterey2017 Employment Laws - New Rules! With Guest Speaker: Jeanine Debacker, Employment Lawyer, McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida Gold Coast Chapter4:30 - 8:30 p.m. | The Club at Admirals CoveEducational Event - Cyber Hacks and Threats: Don't be the Next Victim, presented by Cino Ltd. & Service as a Life Culture, presented by Andy Stangenberg, Founder, CEO Q-Principle, Author and Life CoachFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Puget Sound Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Hotel DecaPresentation: Management Contract Compliance Issues Presented by: Sandip Soli, Partner, RP Law GroupFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew England Club Chapter11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Framingham Country ClubIt's Just A 401K Plan - What Can Go Wrong? Presented by: George Zoglio and Carol Crowley of Edward Jones InvestmentsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESouthern Alberta Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | SAITScholarship awarding & networking meet and greetFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid-Jersey Chapter3:30 p.m. | Beacon Hill ClubExcel Tips & TricksFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREHouston Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Marriott Marquis HoustonThe Houston Economy and its Impact on Hotel Demand Presented by: David Parker, President of DP ConsultingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE February 20, 2017Cleveland/Akron Chapter8:30 - 10:00 a.m. | The Pepper Pike ClubPresident's Day Breakfast Meeting and presentation: Cyber SecurityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFebruary 21, 2017Bay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | San Jose State UniversityEngaging the Millennial with guest Speaker: Meghna Virick, Professor and Director, School of Management College of Business, San Jose State UniversityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREManasota Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Stoneybrook Golf and Country ClubFPL Changing the Current (solar and renewable energy) Presented by: Rae Dowling, Florida Power and Light Company, Area ManagerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJamaica Chapter6:30 - 9:00 p.m. | Half Moon Resort"Transfer Pricing" presented by Lorna Pearce a representative from Tax Administration of JamaicaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid Florida Chapter6:30 - 9:00 p.m. | The Castle Hotel2017 Joint HFTP & IMA Annual Meeting and presentation - A Study of Cash Flow by: Dr. Darryl E. Allen, Kenneth G. Dixon Graduate School of Business, University of Central FloridaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREChicago Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Cafe BaBa Reeba - Valencia RoomHelping Make a Lasting Impression on Your Guests presented by: Sagar Patel, co-founder of TraknProtectFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew York City Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | The Greenwich Hotel - Locanda VerdeUnderstanding Your Real Estate Taxes and the Appeals Process Presented by Joel Ditchik, Property Tax Attorney, Ditchik & Ditchick, LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew Mexico Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | LaPosada de Santa Fe Resort and SpaGeneral Insurance & Cyber Insurance presented by: Brandon Writtenberry-Aon Insurance ServicesFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE February 22, 2017Long Island Chapter8:30 - 10:00 a.m. | Hampton Inn - N. Ocean Ave.Electronic Payment Systems in Clubs, Cyber Security and Fraud Presented by: Mary Beth Fisher, Global V cardFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Milwaukee Chapter4:30 p.m. | The Town ClubFebruary Chapter Meeting - "Moving the Needle"; Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business, and Life Presented by world-renowned speaker and executive coach, Joe SweeneyFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESan Diego Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | La Jolla Shores HotelGM Panel - Roll of the Director of FinanceFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE February 23, 2017Georgia (Atlanta) Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Four Seasons Hotel AtlantaSecurity Issues in the Hospitality Industry Presented by: Martin Kwitschau, VMP GlobalFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERERocky Mountain Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Stapleton NorthWhy Your Wellness Program Takes Too Much Time: Doesn't Engage Employees and Lacks ROI Presented by: Brad Cooper, CEO US Corporate Wellness, Inc.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREOhio Valley Chapter4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Nationwide Hotel & Conference CenterCredit Cards in the Hospitality IndustryFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Nashville Chapter7:00 p.m. | Bridgestone ArenaSocial - Nashville Predators Hockey GameFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENorth Texas Chapter6:00 p.m. | The Sheraton - ArlingtonChapter Meeting & Presentation: The Future of the Arlington Entertainment District Presented by: Ronnie Price, President & CEO-Arlington Convention & Visitors BureauFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREOntario Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Scarboro Golf & Country ClubTown Hall Meeting - Dinner, Conversation, and DrinksFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Philadelphia Chapter4:30 p.m. | Overbrook Golf ClubPreparing an Accounting Procedures Manual Hosted by Steven Flick, CPA and James Gilson Condon O'Meara McGinty & Donnelly LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid-South Atlantic Regional Conference - February 23-25Hilton North Raleigh/MidtownA joint effort by the HFTP Central Carolina, Charlotte-Blue Ridge, South Carolina, and Central Virginia Chapters, the Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference is held in an effort to bring together all the HFTP professionals in the region for continuing professional education with time for socializing and getting to know each other better.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

HFTP Call for Presentations - Submit Your Ideas Today

15 February 2017
Submit your best session ideas for HFTP's upcoming Club & Hotel Controllers Conference (CHCC) and Annual Convention programs to help attendees reach their full potential and advance their careers. We are seeking proposals that are designed for seasoned hospitality professionals and delivered in innovative ways by dynamic speakers. Presenters receive complimentary registration to events. For more information, and to submit ideas, click the links below. Submit ideas for CHCC> *Submission Deadline: March 1Submit ideas for Annual Convention>*Submission Deadline: March 17HFTP's upcoming Club & Hotel Controllers Conference will be June 26-28, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Learn More>HFTP's upcoming Annual Convention will be October 25-27, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida USA. Click here to view images from Annual Convention 2016 at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Learn More> Stay ConnectedStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Community@HFTP Snap Shot - Digital Learning Day

14 February 2017
Community@HFTP Snap Shot provides a glimpse into the industry-specific discussions happening on HFTP's online community. Community@HFTP is an online resource which provides an environment for HFTP's members to share experiences, industry information and best practices, seek and share advice, exchange resources and build relationships. It is an opportunity for HFTP members to collaborate with each other no matter where they are in the world.Featured Topic: Digital Learning Day In this discussion, members discuss the upcoming Club Technology Digital Learning Day. Many members have shared their excitement for the educational opportunities that are available. One member shared that their club has multiple members that are joining in and they will even have a post education meeting to discuss all of the information. Learn more about this topic, and see more hospitality industry conversations by visiting the Community@HFTP website.JOIN THE DISCUSSIONCommunity@HFTP is your connection to an incredible resource - 5,200+ of your colleagues who share your challenges, uncertainties and successes. The goal is for you to find it to be a supportive and safe space that fosters dialogue and helpful connections across the globe.Get Started Today For a step-by-step guide on how to get involved in Community@HFTP, please take a moment to view the Getting Started Guide. Questions, comments and suggestions can be sent to communityhelp@hftp.org.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch - February 10

10 February 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:Ten Steps to Restore Your P&L - Hotel InteractiveTop hotel marketing trends for 2017 - GuestRevu4 ways mobile training is the future - Hotel ManagementWhy Hotels Should Reevaluate Their Tech Stack - Lodging MagazineThe Young Hoteliers Summit 2017 - an exhange of industry insights - eHotelierVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

Learn about HFTP and HFTP Club Bytes at the 90th CMAA World Conference

8 February 2017
HFTP(r) representatives are onsite this week at the 90th Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo. Visit HFTP's booth 209 to learn more about the global hospitality association and its exensive, and progressive, membership benefits such as HFTP Club Bytes. The event is CMAA's largest annual gathering and is taking place from Febraury 7-11, 2017 in Orlando, Florida USA. Click here to view upcoming HFTP events. HFTP Membership Video>HFTP Media Kit>About HFTP>About CMAA's World ConferenceCMAA's World Conference and the Club Business Expo is the largest network gathering of industry professionals, which is held in major cities throughout the United States. Attendees engage in a variety of educational and networking opportunities, including approximately 80 education programs tailored to the 10 core competencies needed for success in the club industry, a two day exposition, the Club Business Expo, featuring innovative products and services, and the annual Idea Fair featuring hundreds of club-tested ideas. Social media hashtag: #ImGoingCMAA. About CMAA>Stay Connected with HFTPStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Welcome New HFTP Members from January 2017

6 February 2017
HFTP(r) is proud to welcome its new members who joined last month in January. Please welcome the newest members to HFTP. Learn more about HFTP Membership by watching a quick membership video.Stay ConnectedStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC(r); the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - 2/03/2017

3 February 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:Guestroom TVs are only the beginning for electronic displays - eHotelierThe Financial Impact of Hotel Renovations - TOPHOTELNEWSThe Hotel Industry Thinks 2017 Could Be the Year Corporate Travel Bounces Back - SkiftHackers Hijack Hotel Smart Locks, Demand Ransom - Lodging MagazineLet cooler heads prevail in control of room temperature - Hotel News NowVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.Stay Connected with HFTP Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC(r); the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

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