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Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - April 28

28 April 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 industry experts want from a hotel stay - Hotel News NowPutting the Front Desk in the Hotel Guest's Pocket - New York TimesIndustry Struggles to Track Travelers Across Devices - Lodging MagazineBusiness Travelers Are Stressed About Safety and Work-Life Balance - skiftThe nose knows: Hotel scents are no accident - Boston GlobeVisit 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.

Open Travel Alliance Published New Golf 2.0 Distribution Standard Enhancing the Golfers Digital Experience

27 April 2017
The OpenTravel Alliance (OpenTravel) has finalized and published the highly anticipated Golf 2.0 Digital Standard for adoption free of charge throughout the travel and tourism industry.The Golf 2.0 Digital Standard is designed to allow the golf enthusiast to research and reserve a round of golf effortlessly by being able to search and retrieve information for facilities with golf, check tee time availability, book tee times, and much more. Furthermore, this updated Standard provides an added value for various travel and tourism verticals, such as hotels or car rental companies, and ground transportation by enabling the opportunity for the golfer to secure golf reservations on site instantly."On behalf of the PGA of America and as a board member of the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition we support consistent technical standards for connectivity and content to facilitate an efficient, open marketplace," said Paul Levy, President of the PGA of America. "The challenge is getting disparate systems to talk to each other and share information (rates, reservations, customer data). As we look to benchmark the golf industry against lodging and airlines, the OpenTravel 2.0 Direct Connect Standard is an important step forward."The Golf 2.0 Standard was commissioned for development by a group of companies who will also be some of the first adapters. This dynamic group made up the Project Team who represents various parts of the golf, travel, tourism, and leisure industry and includes companies such as Disney, Avis Budget Group, Marriott and Golf USA Tee Time Coalition. Other companies included in the development are Century Golf, Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), LinksRez (Project Team Chair), National Golf Course Owners Association, National Golf Course Owners Association - Myrtle Beach Chapter, TinkeyWorks and Travelport.Read Full Press Release>

HFTP Plans for Annual Convention 2017

26 April 2017
The HFTP Annual Convention Education Advisory Council and Nominating Committee met last week at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida USA to prepare for this year's Annual Convention. HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE was in attendance along with other association representatives.A tentative secudule for this year's program can be found on the Annual Convention website, and will be continuously updated as new information becomes available. Those who would like to attend the event in October can justify their attendance with helpful tips found on the website.Annual Convention 2017 will take place from October 25-27 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - April 21

21 April 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:Independent hotels tie green strategy into experience - Hotel News NowAutomation Opportunities for Luxury Hotels & Travel - Hotel Speak... Talking HotelsDoes the Guest of the Future want High Tech or High Touch? - Ecole hoteliere de LausanneHow to control costs at your hotel - Hotel ManagementHeightened Millennial Expectations Shift the Travel Industry - Marketing TravelVisit 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.

Canadian Officials Welcome HFTP's HITEC Toronto

21 April 2017
HFTP is honored to receive greetings from Tourism Toronto and Canadian officials including the Prime Minister, Mayor of Toronto and The Premier of Ontario. The officials extended a warm welcome to everyone attending HFTP's Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)) being held in Toronto this June - the 45th anniversary since the event's creation in 1972.In a personal message from Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, HFTP and its members were recognized for "the vital role they play in fostering a global network of interest and expertise in the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry." Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., commended HFTP and it's organizers for developing a conference program - the largest of its kind - that supports the growth and advancement of the hospitality technology industry. Also mentioning that the event's wealth of new ideas will be an inspiration for professional success. View the welcome letters below.About HITECHITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand backed by 45 years of planning expertise from the only organization that internationally produces nonprofit hospitality conferences -- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)). HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP breaks tradition in 2017 with plans to host for the first time, three different HITECs all taking place outside of the United States: Amsterdam, Toronto and Dubai. HITEC Amsterdam was held March 28-30. HITEC Toronto is June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and HITEC Dubai is November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai.For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.

Congratulations 2017 CHTP of the Year: Clint DeMill, CHTP

19 April 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), will honor Clint DeMill, CHTP as the 2017 Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)) of the Year at HITEC Toronto this June. The CHTP of the Year award honors the individual that scored the highest on the CHTP certification exam within a given year. HITEC Toronto, HFTP's second and largest HITEC of 2017, will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada.DeMill began his hospitality career at a mountain resort in Utah USA in 1996. He later moved to The University Guest House at the University of Utah, which was preparing to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He has worked in hospitality accounting while earning a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Utah. DeMill contributes to many areas of the hotel, conferences and events, and also received his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2016. He is currently working as associate director of administration at The University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center.Read More>

HT-NEXT Visits Rosen College of Hospitality Management

18 April 2017
Almost 300 HT-NEXT conference attendees filled the Rosen College of Hospitality Management's Darden Auditorium on Monday, April 10, 2017, as part of the conference's first day of sessions. For a little over an hour, information and ideas about hospitality technology workgroups was shared, in a lead up to the soft-opening of the Rosen College's Hospitality Technology & Innovation Lab.The Lab, is a hub of product demonstration and testing, research, professional training and innovative education to advance the hospitality industry. In its current temporary space on the second floor of the campus' main classroom building, the Lab links practical lecture-based learning to real-life experience, and extends high quality education and training to students and professionals worldwide.At launch, in its infancy, the Lab is supported by two major sponsors, Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) and Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), and industry partners such as Samsung and Freeman. HTNG is a global not-for-profit trade association that fosters, through collaboration and partnership among hoteliers and technology providers, the development of next-generation solutions enabling global business enterprises. HTNG is providing work group opportunities and solutions for the Lab over at a three-year period. Rosen College will be undergoing an expansion over the next two years, adding a 50,000 square-foot building to the campus. In the new building, 4,000 square-feet will be carved out to house the Lab, allowing for more work groups and greater flexibility for learning and research.The Lab's mission, goals and purpose are as follows:Establish a product and service test-bed along with evaluation services for the hospitality industry and supporting technology suppliers.Consumers can perform product testing on new technologies and innovations and lead focus group efforts.Develop a lab for the hotel of the future and technologies for the next generation of travelers.Enhance the quality of education by providing students with a virtual hotel world lab.Students will practice customer service and operational skills in an online, multi-user 3D simulation, allowing them to visualize and interact with the tools.The idea for the lab was spawned by alumni David Heckaman, Vice President of Technology, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, who fully supports training future leaders of the hospitality industry with the latest technology available.HT-NEXT's visit to the Rosen College campus culminated with a reception in the college's courtyard. HTNG sponsored the reception. The HT-NEXT conference was hosted at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, located next door to the college and ran from April 10 to April 13, 2017.Read Full Article>Rosen College's Hospitality Technology & Innovation Lab>Lab Founding Sponsors>

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - April 17

17 April 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:Smart business hotels where work meets play - CNNDon't prioritize profits over hospitality - Hotel News NowA Career in Luxury: Passion Required - Hotel OnlineTravel experiences shouldn't include mismatched outlets - Hotel ManagementThe impact of emerging technology on corporate travel - tnoozVisit 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 - April 16-30

12 April 2017
HFTP Chapter events for the second half of April, 2017 April 18, 2017Florida Gulf Coast Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Palmira Golf ClubFlorida Sales Tax presentation by Guest Speaker Dave Elder from RSM US, LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew Mexico Chapter6:00-8:30 p.m. | Buffalo Thunder ResortCrime Statistics, Identity Fraud & Credit Card FraudFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 19, 2017Florida Treasure Coast Chapter5:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Maple StreetSocial with Daniel Conti HFTP Global Past PresidentFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERELong Island Chapter4:30 - 7:30 p.m. | North Fork Country ClubLong Term Capital Planning-The Roadmap to Financial Sustainability Presented by: Dave Duval & Joe Abely, Club Board Professionals, LLCFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE April 20, 2017Houston Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Houston Country ClubFederal, state, and local tax challenges presentation by Jaye Calhoun - partner in the New Orleans office of Kean MillerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECentral Virginia Chapter3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | The Jefferson HotelUnclaimed Property in Virginia presented by Jennifer Arias, CPA, Senior Manager of State & Local Tax for RSM US LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREWashington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Manor Country ClubApril Chapter Meeting - HR UpdateFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid Florida/Orlando Chapter12:30 - 7:45 p.m. | The Plaza Grand Resort & SpaHFTP & Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County Mini EducationalFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREPuget Sound Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Thompson Seattle HotelWhat's New in the Newest Seattle Hotel? Property Tour of the new Thompson HotelFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECleveland/Akron Chapter8:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Canterbury Golf ClubFintech-Alcohol Electronic Payment System presented by Sue Horning, Account Executive of FINTECHFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE April 21, 2017Monterey Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Hyatt Regency MontereyRevenue Management PresentationFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESouthern Alberta Chapter6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Delta Banff Royal Canadian LodgeDinner Meeting with a presentation by a Representation from XeroxFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESouth Carolina Chapter11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Kiawah Island ClubPresentations - 401K and fiduciary responsibility & Workers Comp and strategies to bring associates back to work properlyFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREBay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | La RinconadaLabor Updates With Health Care presented by Mike Bryant - Dudum Financial - ACA update | Bruce Sarchat - Labor Law updatesFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECharlotte - Blue Ridge Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Peninsula ClubChapter meeting - OSHA and Controlling Worker's Compensation Costs presented by Rob Kay, Risk Control Manager, Oasis OutsourcingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE April 22, 2017Northern Connecticut Chapter2:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Litchfield DistilleryWinter Social and 2017 Planning MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 25, 2017Jamaica ChapterTime and Location TBDApril Membership MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida Manasota Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Plantation Golf & Country ClubHospitality Ethics presented by Keith A. Barron, Esq. Instructor College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership University of South Florida Sarasota-ManateeFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESouth Florida Chapter6:00 p.m. | Joe's Stone CrabAnnual Joes Stone Crab eventFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 26, 2017Milwaukee ChapterTime TBD | Wisconsin Club (Country)April Chapter MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew York City Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Crowne Plaza Manhattan-Times SquareHospitality IoT, Energy Comfort and Analytics from The Connected Guest Room Experience Presented by Greg Poirer, NE Director of Sales, Honeywell Hospitality - Inncom DivisionFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREBritish Columbia Chapter12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Sheraton Wall Centre - Granville RoomRapid PCI DSS compliance. Lessons from the trenches for CFOs and IT Directors with Guest Speaker: Ivo Georgiev, B.Sc. CISSP CISA CRISC CISMFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid-Jersey Chapter4:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Ridgewood Country ClubBeacon Technology presented by Garret Boos - Northstar Club Management Software, Sales Director-Northeast U.S.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 27, 2017Ohio Valley Chapter4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Dave & Buster'sApril Social EventFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREAustin Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Hilton Austin AirportLuncheon with TABC presented by Todd Talley of TABCFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Philadelphia Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | St. Martins ClubhouseThe Minefield of Human Resources in the Workplace presented by John E. Garber, Jr., CSP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Managing Director - KMRD Partners, Inc.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREOrange County California6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Hilton Orange County/Costa MesaOrange County Chapter Interest MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida Gold Coast Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Mizner Country ClubStrategies on Collections of Delinquent Accounts presented by Larry Corman, Esq., Shareholder, GreenspoonMarderFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMinneapolis/ St. Paul Chapter5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Oak Ridge Country ClubApril Chapter Meeting and Midwest Regional Conference HighlightsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE April 28, 2017Atlanta Chapter8:00 - 9:30 a.m. | Frazier & Deeter, LLC, Promenade BuildingBest Labor Practices presented by Speaker: Hayden Pace, Attorney, Stokes WagnerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - April 7

7 April 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:Development, demand has Silicon Valley hotels trending - Hotel News NowThe Reputation Impact of Data Breach - 4hoteliers Innovative Hoteliers Want to Bring the Right Guests to Their Hotels - skiftThe Necessity of a Mobile-Booking Strategy - Lodging MagazineHow adjustable seating can boost a hotel's ROI - 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.

HITEC Amsterdam Photo Gallery Available Now

6 April 2017
Photos from HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam are available on the HITEC website as well as HFTP's Flickr stream. HITEC Amsterdam took place from March 28-30, 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Click here to read the final details press release from the event.View the Photo Gallery>View the Flickr Stream>

E20X Participant Hyre Won Big at HITEC Amsterdam Last Week

6 April 2017
HFTP brought its overwhemingly popular Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) innovation pitch competition, designed specifically for hospitality startups, to Europe for the first time at it's successful inaugural HITEC Amsterdam last week on March 28, 2017. Participant Hyre won both the E20X Judge's Award and E20X People's Startup Award. The expert panel of E20X judges deliberated after the pitches concluded and selected Hyre as the Judge's Award winner - this includes a grand prize of EUR2,500 EUR. HITEC Amsterdam attendees were encouraged to visit the E20X participating startups at the E20X Innovation Hub and vote for their favorite via the HITEC 2017 app (download via Apple or Google Play). Hyre also won the crowd favorite, or popularity, vote by winning the People's Startup Award as well. About HyreHyre is based in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. Hyre seeks to effectively eliminate the need for an event staffing agency by putting the power back in the hands of those involved - event staff and event organizers. Hyre is an online marketplace that operates by connecting event organizers directly with independently contracted event staff - improving their staff management and overall experience level to their customers. Event staff can create their own profiles, post their availability and specify their desired hourly rate. Event organizers have control over their budget, staffs' skills and rate staffs' performance after the event. Hyre charges event staff a 20 percent fee on the hourly wages they earn; its online marketplace allows event staff to earn higher wages while greatly reducing the costs for event organizers. Learn More>E20X exclusive sponsor>E20X Participant Blog>HITEC Amsterdam Final Details Press Release>

Community@HFTP Snap Shot - Auto Pay for Member Accounts

5 April 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: Auto Pay for Member Accounts In this discussion, members discuss the complex issue of automatic payment renewals. They approach this from the logistics and personal perspective. Many valuable tips and tricks are shared that ultimately make the decisions a bit easier. 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.

Upcoming HFTP Orange County Chapter Interest Event

5 April 2017
This month, HFTP is inviting HFTP members and hospitality industry professionals in the Orange County, California USA region to join a special Orange County Chapter Interest Meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. There has been interest in chartering an HFTP chapter in Orange County, California, and HFTP is looking for members to be a part of the development of this chapter.When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Where: Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa (3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)What: Networking and reception followed by an HFTP Global update presented by HFTP Global Board Member Mark Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBAClick here to RSVP.

HFTP Global Spring 2017 Recruitment Campaign

5 April 2017
HFTP members do you know an industry professional who you think would be a great new member? Tell them about the special HFTP 65th anniversary membership introductory offer. New members get $100.00 USD off $375.00 USD annual membership. To forward to a friend, click here. *The offer is good through May 15, 2017.Also, if you know of a Young Professional who is interested in HFTP membership, tell them about the Young Professional introductory offer. New Young Professional members get $30 USD off $150 USD annual YP membership. For more information about the offer, click here. *The offer is good through May 15, 2017.Offer is for new HFTP members only. New members not must have had prior affiliation with HFTP within one year. Offer not valid on renewing members, group or student memberships.Learn More about HFTP Membership>HFTP Member Benefits>HFTP Member Types>Read More on HFTP Connect>

Welcome New HFTP Members from March 2017

5 April 2017
HFTP(r) is proud to welcome its new members who joined last month in March. Please welcome the newest members to HFTP. Learn more about HFTP Membership by watching a quick membership video.HFTP Global Spring 2017 Recruitment CampaignHFTP members do you know an industry professional who you think would be a great new member? Tell them about the special HFTP 65th anniversary membership introductory offer. New members get $100.00 USD off $375.00 USD annual membership. To forward to a friend, click here. (*The offer is good through May 15, 2017).Also, if you know of a Young Professional who is interested in HFTP membership, tell them about the Young Professional introductory offer. New Young Professional members get $30 USD off $150 USD annual YP membership. For more information about the offer, click here. (*The offer is good through May 15, 2017).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.

Certification Maintenance Reporting/Payment Late Period Deadline

31 March 2017
REMINDER - Certification Maintenance Reporting/Payment Late Period Deadline is fast approaching!If your CHAE/CHTP Maintenance Reporting Cycle is January 01, 2015 through December 31, 2016, the late extension deadline of April 30, 2017, is coming soon! This requirement, as stated in the CHAE/CHTP Policy & Procedures, entails submitting your continuing education maintenance report along with supporting documentation with your payment of the maintenance renewal fee (separate from the membership fee) and the late fee of $40.00 USD.For any questions regarding your maintenance reporting cycle or renewal fees, please contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at certification@hftp.org and/or direct: +1.512.220.4021.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - March 31

31 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:One Big Happy Business - Club & Resort BusinessBrexit Briefing: What the Travel Industry Needs to Know - skiftHappy Customers = Increased Sales - Hotel OnlineBrands optimistic on opportunities to increase scale - Hotel News NowFive Ways to Delight Customers - 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.

Chapter Events - April 1-15

29 March 2017
Chapter events for the first half of April.April 6, 2017Mid Florida/Orlando Chapter6:00 p.m. | OCCCApril Board MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew England Hotel Chapter6:00- 9:00 p.m. | The Charles HotelCreating a Great Corporate Culture Presented by: Lori Giuttari, President and Founder of LG Coaching & ConsultingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 11, 2017Valley of the Sun Chapter3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Scottsdale Community College Student ConferenceScholarships MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 12, 2017Fairfield/ Westchester Chapter4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Metropolis Country ClubTechnology Updates-State of the NetworkFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew Orleans Chapter5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Hotel MonteleoneAffordable Care Act Presented by: Michael Mann, Executive Vice President of Eustis BenefitsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew England Club Chapter11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Wannamoisett Country ClubNetworking and Round Table DiscussionsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 13, 2017Jamaica ChapterTime and location TBDEaster Cheer Basket ProjectFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

HFTP Mid-West Regional Conference

28 March 2017
The HFTP Mid-West Regional Conference was held March 16-18, 2017 at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota USA. The conference was hosted by four HFTP chapters including Greater Detroit, West Michigan, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Greater Milwaukee which included members and industry professionals from the area. HFTP Global Immediate Past President Arlene Ramirez, CHAE, CHE, CHIA, MBA was in attendance as well as HFTP Global Membership Marketing Manager Susan Savkov. The conference featured a welcome reception on Thursday and then the education kicked off on Friday morning with a variety of speakers and topics which included "Employee Engagement," "Technology and Private Clubs," "Digital Forensics," and "CAPEX vs. OPEX in the Hospitality Industry" presented by Arlene Ramirez as well as other top industry topics. Attendees met later than night for a fun dinner at Dick's Last Resort located in the Mall of America. The education continued on Saturday and the conference successfully wrapped up by noon.Learn More>HFTP Membership>

Congratulations to the New CHAE Designee This Month

28 March 2017
The following individual passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) this month.New CHAEDavid Perocchi, CHAE * Controller * Sankaty Head Golf 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.

HITEC Amsterdam E20X Judge's Winner Announced - Congratulations Hyre!

28 March 2017
The Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) expert panel of judges at HITEC Amsterdam have selected Hyre as the grand prize, or Judge's Award, winner. The Judge's Award winner will receive a grand prize of EUR2,500 EUR.Still to come, there will be a second E20X award given - the People's Startup Award. The People's Startup Award recipient will be determined by HITEC Amsterdam attendees and serve as the popular, or crowd favorite, vote. HITEC attendees are encouraged to visit the startups at the E20X Innovation Hub in the Holland Lounge and vote for their favorite via the HITEC 2017 app (download via Apple or Google Play). The E20X Innovation Hub will be open 29 March from 11:30 - 18:30 and 30 March from 10:00 - 15:00. Hyre is based in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. Hyre seeks to effectively eliminate the need for an event staffing agency by putting the power back in the hands of those involved - event staff and event organizers. Hyre is an online marketplace that operates by connecting event organizers directly with independently contracted event staff - improving their staff management and overall experience level to their customers. Event staff can create their own profiles, post their availability and specify their desired hourly rate. Event organizers have control over their budget, staffs' skills and rate staffs' performance after the event. Hyre charges event staff a 20 percent fee on the hourly wages they earn; its online marketplace allows event staff to earn higher wages while greatly reducing the costs for event organizers. Learn More>Read more about the participating startups and E20X exclusive sponsor>

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.

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