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Send Photos to be Featured in the HFTP Anniversary Timeline

19 October 2017
HFTP is celebrating 65 years at Annual Convention this October! As part of the celebration, we wish to create an online photo timeline. Do you have a favorite photograph, or several, of an HFTP event? Or member(s)? Or Chapter event? Really any photograph that reminds you of HFTP would be considered. And of course, the further it goes back, the better. Rummage through the photo albums and online photo accounts and send us your pictures. A few reminders on photograph requirements:Must be HFTP relatedPreferred file type is JPG (also accepted PNG, BMP)Please send the highest quality version availableAll photographs will be reviewed for submission before publishing. Only one photograph may be submitted at a time through this form. If you have multiple photos you would like to be considered, send your request to Eliza Selig at eliza.selig@hftp.org to make arrangements for upload.SUBMIT PHOTOS>PREVIEW TIMELINE>

Schedule your HFTP Helps Blood Donation Appointment by October 20, 2017

18 October 2017
Your help is greatly needed to assist with the recovery efforts of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as the Las Vegas tragedy. Register by **Friday, October 20, 2017** to secure your place in the Big Red Bus to donate blood while at HFTP Annual Convention next week. HFTP will monitor the participation level and may open additional opportunities to donate. For more information or questions on donating blood to OneBlood please contact Joel Jongco at joel.jongco@oneblood.org.Schedule your HFTP Helps Blood Donation Appointment>Learn more about HFTP Helps 2017>#HFTP65

Donate to HFTP Helps 2017 Silent Auction to Support Children's Charity, Camp Boggy Creek

18 October 2017
It is not too late to help HFTP raise money for an amazing children's charity near Orlando, Florida USA: Camp Boggy Creek. The camp offers children with serious illnesses and their families a free, safe and medically-sound environment. There is still time to donate an item for the HFTP Helps 2017 silent auction such as gift cards, hotel stays and more. 100 percent of the proceeds will directly benefit the camp. HFTP Helps 2017 will take place next week at HFTP's Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida USA.More information: http://bit.ly/HFTPHelps #HFTP65

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: October 2017 (Part 2)

18 October 2017
HFTP has over 80 local chapters throughout the world. Attend chapter meetings to connect with your local network of HFTP members and share solutions with professionals in your community. Chapters provide tremendous opportunities for education, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events for October 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.October 17, 2017HFTP Greater Austin Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Central Texas Food BankVolunteer NightClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 18, 2017HFTP Greater Milwaukee Chapter (USA)4:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Ozaukee Country ClubActive Shooter PresentationClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP San Diego Chapter (USA)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Grande ColonialLuncheon with Lori WeisbertClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP New York City Chapter (USA)5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | The Cornell Club of New YorkKey Revenue Management StrategiesClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Maryland Chapter (USA)12:00 - 1:00 PM | The Elkridge ClubOctober Lunch MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP British Columbia Chapter (CANADA)3:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Coast Plaza HotelMember Appreciation MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 19, 2017HFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter (USA)4:30 - 7:00 p.m. | The Acorn ClubHospitality Insurance Decision MakingClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter (USA)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Metropolitan ClubOctober MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 21, 2017HFTP Florida Gold Coast Chapter (USA)6:00 - 10:00 p.m. | PGA National Resort & SpaChapter Board Installation Dinner & DanceClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 25-27, 2017HFTP Annual Convention (Event)Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate | #HFTP65HFTP Annual Convention: 65-year CelebrationClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 26, 2017HFTP Orange County Chapter (USA)5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Wyndham Anaheim-Garden GroveHow You Can Create a Financially Engaged Leadership Team in Your HotelClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 28, 2017HFTP Valley of the Sun Chapter (USA)10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Sojourner CenterVolunteer opportunity to assist The Sojourner CenterClick here for further details and RSVPLearn More about HFTP Chapters>

Congratulations to the New Certification Designees

17 October 2017
Congratulations to Veronica Gagnon, controller at Tequesta Country Club, for passing the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) exam last month in September. Why Get Certified?Elevate your professionalism and demonstrate superior industry performance. Active certificants have reported higher salaries and various career advancement opportunities. Becoming certified indicates that you are committed to professionalism, continuing education and your chosen career path. HFTP offers the only designations for finance and technology professionals who are working in the hospitality industry. How HFTP Certification Can Advance Your Career>About HFTP CertificationsHFTP administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)) designations. HFTP's certification programs are globally recognized for setting industry standards for hospitality finance and technology. Qualification for the exams is based on level of education and experience in the industry. Student programs are also available. Find out how to apply as well as exam information, study guides, check lists and much more by visiting HFTP's website at www.hftp.org (click "Career Development" at the top).Learn More>Questions?For 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.

Join HFTP by 10/14/17 and Save on HFTP Membership for New Members

13 October 2017
*REMINDER* HFTP's 65th anniversary membership offer ends tomorrow. New members can join today and save. Learn more: http://bit.ly/HFTPMembership #HFTP65

HFTP Helps 2017 -- Supporting Camp Boggy Creek

11 October 2017
HFTP Helps will have a putting green, during exhibit hours, at HFTP's Annual Convention this month. For $20 USD you will be given the chance to make three putts. For each putt made, you will be given a form to enter in a drawing to win an Oculus Rift to benefit Camp Boggy Creek.Learn more: http://ht.ly/MEjf30fO7EP#HFTP65

October and November Upcoming Webinars

10 October 2017
Register now for the upcoming HFTP webinars. ProLinks webinars are offered throughout the year at no cost to HFTP members (excluding the HFTP Digital Learning Days). The nonmember registration fee is $50.00 USD. Learn More>October 12, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 PM CSTChapter Leadership Series: Charting a Strong Chapter - Best Practices of PlanningTrevor Mitchell, CAE is senior director of membership and strategy at American Mensa, LTD.Join us to learn how planning a year of chapter activities in advance creates dynamic programming for chapters. During this webinar you will learn:General information on the importance of planning program in advance;Assessing the education needs of members;Identifying topics and speakersIncorporating association certification program promotion;Offering a member recruitment event;A good balance of education and social engagementsPartnering with other associations to offer more attractive speakersREGISTER NOW>November 14, 2017 | 10:00-11:00 AM CSTMicrosoft Office 365: Opportunities and Solutions for Your Hospitality BusinessNoorez Khamis is a solutions architect at ReyJen Inc.Are you up-to-date on the latest and greatest offerings from Microsoft to improve your business? Do you know how Microsoft can help you with your Board and department heads? Microsoft Office 365, and all the great technological advances, make it easy to navigate the cloud, and also give you features to operate more effectively and efficiently in your hospitality business.REGISTER NOW>Contact the HFTP Meetings and Event Department for more information: Mary Vargas by email or phone +1 (512) 220-4027.

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: October 2017

3 October 2017
HFTP has over 80 local chapters throughout the world. Attend chapter meetings to connect with your local network of HFTP members and share solutions with professionals in your community. Chapters provide tremendous opportunities for education, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events for October 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.October 11, 2017HFTP Long Island Chapter (USA)8:30 - 10:30 a.m. | North Shore Country ClubBreakfast Meeting with HFTP Global COO Lucinda Hart, MBA, CAEClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP New England Chapter (USA)6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Seaport HotelOutlook 2018: Projections of the Boston Hotel IndustryClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 12, 2017HFTP Webinar (Online Event)2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST| OnlineChapter Leadership Series: Charting a Strong Chapter - Best Practices of PlanningClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Ohio Valley Chapter (USA)4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Nationwide Hotel & Conference CenterBoard and Chapter MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 13, 2017HFTP Northern California Chapter (USA)TBA | SyscoChapter MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 15, 2017HFTP New York City Chapter (USA)TBA | Riverside ParkCaringKind Alzheimer's WalkClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 17, 2017HFTP Greater Austin Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Central Texas Food BankVolunteer NightClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 18, 2017HFTP Greater Milwaukee Chapter (USA)TBD | Ozaukee Country ClubOctober MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 19, 2017HFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter (USA)TBD | Acorn ClubHospitality Insurance Decision MakingClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter (USA)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Metropolitan ClubOctober MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 20, 2017HFTP Southern Alberta Chapter (Canada)6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Delta Kananaskis LodgePCI - What is Required by the Business TodayOctober 25-27, 2017HFTP Annual Convention (Event)Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate | #HFTP65HFTP Annual Convention: 65-year CelebrationClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 26, 2017HFTP Orange County Chapter (USA)5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Wyndham Anaheim-Garden GroveHow You Can Create a Financially Engaged Leadership Team in Your HotelClick here for further details and RSVPLearn More about HFTP Chapters>

Tuxedo Rental Information for Annual Convention 2017

3 October 2017
Tuxedos can be rented for the HFTP Annual Tribute to Success, taking place on Friday night at HFTP Annual Convention 2017, from Carolyn Allen's Bridals & Tuxedos. Orders should be placed online by October 14, 2017. A representative will be available at the hotel for fittings on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Riviera Room at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Championsgate, Florida USA. Carolyn Allen's Bridals & Tuxedos+1 (407) 238-2722info@carolynallens.comGroup Name: HFTP Annual ConventionOnline Order Form*Tuxedos should be returned to the hotel concierge by noon on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

HFTP Supports Las Vegas, Center of Hospitality

2 October 2017
One of the world's greatest hospitality capitals suffered a tragic attack on October 1, 2017 that has broken our hearts. Hospitality Financial and Technology Professional (HFTP) stands ready to provide support to assist the victims, their families and the hospitality community of Las Vegas. HFTP is currently evaluating what the association can do that will be the most supportive of their needs. Until that time, HFTP offers thoughts and wishes for the best recovery possible from this tragedy.

Meet the HFTP HDPO Task Force

27 September 2017
As hospitality companies conducting business in Europe prepare to make operational changes to conform with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), HFTP has put together the HFTP HDPO Task Force that will prepare resources for the industry. With a team of 23 experts, HFTP will build a program that demonstrates an individual's competency for the position within a hospitality company.HDPO Task Force chairman Alvaro Hidalgo, managing partner with FIRSTLOGIC Consulting based in Spain, has outlined the objectives for the group in the months leading up to the May compliance deadline, detailed in the post on the HFTP Connect blog, "HFTP Hospitality DPO Task Force Outlines Objectives as Industry Prepares for GDPR May 2018 Deadline."HFTP HDPO Task ForceChairman Alvaro Hidalgo, managing partner at FIRSTLOGIC Consulting (SPAIN)Nigel Allport, vice president - EMEA & APAC at Digital Alchemy CRM (UK)Ken Bailey, managing director - public sector at Fortalice Solutions (USA)Sjoerd Blum, CIO at Schiphol (NETHERLANDS)Stephen Carter, OBE, general manager at Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa (UK)Dennis Collet, CEO at NextRound Ltd and COO at Kaiser Advisory ltd (UK)Luis del Olmo Pinero, presidente-chairman at Idiso (SPAIN)Richard Harrington, director of finance and luxury at Splendid Hospitality (UK)Daniel Johnson, COO at VENZA, Inc. (USA)Timo E. Kettern, director of IT at Lapithus Hotel Management GmbH (GERMANY)Dr. Dennis-Kenji Kipker, research managing director at Universitat Bremen (GERMANY)Jose Medio, CIPP/us, CIPP/E, managing director at Privalis Group (USA)Ian Millar, CHTP, professeur IT at Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne (SWITZERLAND)Benny Nur, technical services director at Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts (UK)Tara O'Neill, CFO at Jamie Oliver Group (UK)Sophie Pommois, project director - global distribution at Global Hotel Alliance (SWITZERLAND)Stephanie Timsit, director of finance at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park (UK)Rajesh Vohra, director at Sarova Hotels, Ltd. (UK)James Wright, vice president of IT Field Services - EMEA at Hilton Worldwide (UAE)Oguz Can Yildirim, CHTP, associate director of info risk mgmt, EAME at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (BELGIUM)Staff Liaison Frank I. Wolfe, CEO at HFTP (USA)Staff Liaison Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA, COO at HFTP (USA)Staff Liaison Carl Weldon, FIH FHOSPA, COO Europe at HFTP (UK)Learn More>

2017 HFTP Chapter of the Year Award Winners

26 September 2017
Congratulations to the 2017 HFTP Chapter of the Year winners, and 2017 HFTP Student Chapter of the Year winner. The HFTP Chapter of the Year Awards recognize chapters that further the goals of HFTP by providing quality educational and professional opportunities to their members, along with involvement in the local community. The HFTP Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes student chapters on their achievements throughout a given year. The following chapters will be honored at HFTP's 2017 Annual Convention in ChampionsGate, Florida USA next month.2017 HFTP Chapters of the YearTier A (1-35) - Southern Alberta ChapterTier B (36-70) - Florida Mansota ChapterTier C (71+) - Mid-Florida Chapter2017 HFTP Student Chapter of the YearStudent Chapter: San Jose State University Student ChapterProceduresChapter of the Year CriteriaChapter of the Year Scorecard (Sample)Student Chapter of the Year CriteriaStudent Chapter of the Year ScorecardStay UpdatedFor the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. Click here to find out more information on HFTP chapters.

HFTP Annual Business Meeting at Annual Convention 2017

20 September 2017
Hear about the accomplishments of HFTP from the past year with details on developments and strategies, and what to expect in the next year. The meeting will take place at HFTP Annual Convention 2017 on Friday, October 27 from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in International II, III at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in ChapionsGate, Florida USA.Official event hashtag: #HFTP65More Information>

10 Days Left: HFTP Annual Convention Early Registration Closing Soon

20 September 2017
Register by September 29, 2017 to receive early rates. Take advantage of the early registration pricing and join HFTP(r) 2017 Annual Convention for the opportunity to discover peer-tested ideas, learn to innovate, and make valuable connections with other industry professionals and suppliers to successfully tackle the challenges and opportunities facing you and your organization.Registration TypesFull Conference: Includes access to all convention activities, including scheduled meal functions, Opening Party, HFTP's Annual Tribute to Success (formerly known as President's Evening) and education sessions.New Member Bundle: Includes HFTP membership fee and conference registration, a savings of $100.00 USD!Daily Registration: Includes access to convention activities for that day only.Guest Event Tickets: includes Welcome Reception and/or HFTP's Annual Tribute to Success (formerly known as President's Evening).REGISTER NOW>Reserve Your Room by September 29, 2017>Annual Convention Locale Ready to Welcome HFTP Learn More>

TOMORROW: Club Digital Learning Day 2017

19 September 2017
Reminder that HFTP's second annual Club Digital Learning Day is happening live tomorrow, September 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST. Enjoy the educational presentations from industry leaders from the comfort of your own desktop. There is still time to register! The webinar schedule is as follows:Schedule10:30 - 11:30 AM | Keys to Building a Data-driven Strategic Leadership in Private Clubs1:30 - 2:30 PM | Payroll and PEOs3:00 - 4:00 PM | Immigration Options for Hospitality Organizations under the Trump AdministrationKeys to Building a Data-driven Strategic Leadership in Private ClubsPresented by: Ray Cronin, founder and CEO at Club BenchmarkingMany executives believe that the use of analytics is important. Successful analytic leaders are gaining executive advocates by leveraging raw data points to inform decision making and improve achievement and business levels. Data-driven strategies are an increasingly important part of competitive differentiation. Learn what data can do for you, how your organization can function as a truly strategic body and how to assess a plan for ongoing value creation in a private club.PEO vs. HRO vs. Payroll - What is the Best Fit for your Club?Presented by: James Knight, partner and owner at CertiPay; Clare Vazquez Peace, senior human resource consultant at CertiPayThis webinar will discuss the differences between a payroll company and a PEO and define HRO. Find out what technology can be used to streamline the administrative burden of payroll and human resources. Learn the difference between PEO vs. HRO vs. Payroll and if an outsource solution can provide all the necessary technology. The decision drivers to consider when going into a PEO solution or out of a PEO solution will be reviewed - SUTA rate, W/C rate, administrative cost, HR cost and benefit cost.Immigration Options for Hospitality Organizations under the Trump AdministrationPresented by: Keith Pabian, Esq., founding partner at Pabian Law, LLCVisa and immigration issues have been front and center for the club and hospitality industry over the past six months. This webinar will focus on understanding the current immigration landscape and what it means for clubs and hospitality organizations. Hear about 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.Learn More>CPE Accreditation>REGISTER>

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: September 2017

19 September 2017
HFTP has over 80 local chapters throughout the world. Attend chapter meetings to connect with your local network of HFTP members and share solutions with professionals in your community. Chapters provide tremendous opportunities for education, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events for September 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.September 19, 2017HFTP Northern California Chapter (USA)11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | TBDEmployment and HR LawClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP New Mexico Chapter (USA)6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | La Fonda on the PlazaSales Departments and Accounting Departments InteractionsClick here for further details and RSVPSeptember 20, 2017HFTP Florida Treasure Coast Chapter (USA)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Tequesta Country ClubExplaining the Club Business to your BoardClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Mid-Jersey Chapter (USA)4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Rumson Country ClubNew Jersey Sales Tax Laws and Best PracticesClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Greater Milwaukee Chapter (USA)4:45 - 9:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Yacht ClubChapter Homecoming and Officer InstallationClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP British Columbia Chapter (Canada)12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Coast Plaza HotelTop 10 Myths in Cyber Security that are Holding Your Business BackClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Monterey Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Portola PlazaOfficer Installation and HFTP Global Update Click here for further details and RSVPHFTP Ontario Chapter (Canada)8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Royal York HotelEducation Day Click here for further details and RSVPSeptember 21, 2017HFTP Florida Gold Coast Chapter (USA)6:30-9:30 p.m. | PB Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & SpaWhat You Need to Know About Unclaimed PropertyClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Cleveland/Akron Chapter (USA)7:00-10:00 a.m. | The Westin Cleveland DowntownAP Automation: Revolutionize Your Process from Purchase to PaymentClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Southern Alberta Chapter (CANADA)12:00-2:00 p.m. | Delta South CalgaryGST and TippingClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter (USA)6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Army Navy Country ClubInstallation DinnerClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Las Vegas Chapter (USA)TBDChapter MeetingClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Greater Houston Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Woodlands Resort & Conference CenterOfficer Induction CeremonyClick here for further details and to RSVPSeptember 22, 2017HFTP Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter (USA)7:30 - 9:30 a.m. | Radisson BluWays that the Information Collected Through WIFI Can Be UsedClick here for further details and RSVPSeptember 26, 2017HFTP Florida Manasota Chapter (USA)5:30-8:30 p.m. | River Wilderness Country ClubSFS Restaurant and Special Events Licenses and PermitsClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP New York City Chapter (USA)5:30-8:00 p.m. | The Penn Club of New YorkOverview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)Click here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Mid-Florida Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Florida Hotel & Conference CenterInstallation of Officers and Board of DirectorsClick here for further details and to RSVPSeptember 27, 2017HFTP New York City Chapter (USA)10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Sunningdale Country Club17th Annual Charity Golf TournamentClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter (USA)5:30-8:00 p.m. | Huntingdon Valley Country ClubIndustry Round Table DiscussionClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP Mid-Jersey Chapter (USA)5:30-8:00 p.m. | Huntingdon Valley Country ClubIndustry Round Table DiscussionClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP New England Club Chapter (USA)4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | White Cliffs Country ClubThe Current Immigration Landscape and the Massachusetts Pay Equity Act and Their Impact on ClubsClick here for further details to RSVPSeptember 28, 2017HFTP Orange County Chapter (USA)5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Wyndham Anaheim - Garden GroveHow You Can Create a Financially Engaged Leadership Team in Your HotelClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP Rocky Mountain Chapter (USA)5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Pinehurst Country ClubFraud Prevention Tactics and Case StudiesClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP Fairfield/Westchester Chapter (USA)4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Bonnie Briar Country ClubOfficer Installation Ceremony Click here for further details to RSVPHFTP North Texas Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Hurst Conference CenterDeveloping Your Human Firewall with a Focus on PCI Compliance, IT Network, and GDPR Click here for further details and RSVPSeptember 29, 2017HFTP Mid-Florida Chapter (USA)1:00 p.m. | Shingle Creek Golf Club15th Annual Chapter Golf Event to Benefit Camp Boggy CreekClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Charlotte-Blue Ridge Chapter (USA)TBD | Crown Plaza Charlotte Executive ParkSales & Use Tax UpdateClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Central Carolina Chapter (USA)10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Country Club of LandfallLet's Meet Click here for further details and to RSVPLearn More about HFTP Chapters>

Join History: Advertise in HFTP's Special 65-Year Edition Annual Convention Program

15 September 2017
The HFTP Annual Convention Program is a magazine-quality program and complete guide to Annual Convention, that is distributed on-site to all registrants. This year's program will have bonus commemorative content honoring the association's 65-year history, making this issue a keeper.Wish HFTP a "Happy 65th Anniversary" and share your message with conference attendees and members. Leave your mark on a piece of hospitality history!Secure Your Spot>Details>

Follow HFTP on Instagram: @HFTP_HITEC

14 September 2017
HFTP and HITEC are now on Instagram. Come say hello: @HFTP_HITEC.As a quick recap, below is a list of HFTP hashtags we would love for you to use on social media.Annual Convention 2017: #HFTP65HITEC Dubai: #HITECdxbHITEC Amsterdam: #HITECamsHITEC Houston: #HITECtxHFTP Membership: #MyHFTPHFTP Association: #HFTP

Annual Convention Locale Ready to Welcome HFTP

12 September 2017
As the Southeastern United States begins to take assessment of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma (and Harvey, in Texas), HFTP is here to support the large group of HFTP members in the region. Florida is home to many of HFTP's most dedicated members, and as the association gears up to celebrate its 65th anniversary in the Orlando area, the association is looking forward to hosting the occasion in their home state. Sadly for many HFTP members, there is hard work to be done as they face months of recovery ahead. Fortunately the Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate, host to the 2017 Annual Convention, sustained little hurricane damage and is ready to be the center of HFTP's big celebration on October 25-27. At HFTP Global headquarters, we look forward to seeing many members join in this commemorative event.Learn more and register for the HFTP Annual Convention>Support Hurricane Harvey and Irma recovery efforts> Make an auction donation to HFTP Helps, supporting Orlando-area group Camp Boggy Creek>

Disasters and Financial Planning: A Guide for Preparedness and Recovery

7 September 2017
*A step-by-step on how to prepare and recover from a natural disaster put together by AICPA and Red Cross.INTRODUCTION Disasters often strike quickly and without warning. Whether it is a weather emergency, natural disaster or personal crisis due to illness, unemployment or disability, most families will experience some form of disaster that leaves them with little or no time to think before making important decisions."Mitigation" -- taking measures to avoid or prepare for a disaster in advance -- reduces the likelihood of injury, loss of life and property damage far more than anything you can do in the aftermath of a disaster. This guide was created because financial mitigation is an essential part of disaster planning and recovery.Disaster preparedness begins with a well-crafted personal financial plan based on your family's values and goals. Ideally, you should develop a financial strategy with the help of professionals such as your family attorney and a financial specialist. These professionals can help you make informed, thoughtful decisions about your family's present and future financial activities.Tips for Finding the Right Financial Help1. Search professional organizations.American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) -- Visit aicpa.org and click or tap on "For the Public," then click or tap on "Find a CPA." Visit findacpapfs.org to search for CPA Personal Financial Specialists by city or ZIP code.Financial Planning Association -- Call 800.322.4237 or visit fpanet.org.The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors -- Call 847.483.5400 or visit napfa.org.Society of Financial Service Professionals -- Call 610.526.2500 or visit financialpro.org.Ask for recommendations. Reach out to your friends or other professional advisers, such as your lawyer, for recommendations.2. Ask for recommendations. Reach out to your friends or other professional advisers, such as your lawyer, for recommendations.3. Interview several advisers before making a selection. Ask about experience, services, costs, references and credentials such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Personal Financial Specialist (PFStm) or Certified Financial Planner(r) (CFP(r)) certifications.4. Trust your gut. It is highly important that you trust the person helping you to create your family's financial plan. Trust your gut and do not agree to work with someone just because they are pressuring you.If you do not have the money to pay for financial services, be aware that there are many government and community programs available at little or no cost. Start by contacting your city, county or state to ask about services. You also can get a head start on your overall financial strategy with these free online resources:Download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Operation Hope.smartaboutmoney.org (Click or tap on "10 Basic Steps")360financialliteracy.org (Click or tap on tools, then click or tap on Calculators)Read Full Document>

Hurricane Season: Is Your Organization Prepared?

7 September 2017
As those in Texas work to recover from Hurricane Harvey, and the Caribbean island countries and Florida in the United States continue to feel the effects and prepare for Hurricane Irma, it is important to revisit emergency and disaster recovery procedures within your organization. Some important items to address in advance of a disaster include: developing a disaster planning team, developing brief instructions for staff on how to deal with each disaster, preparing a detailed evacuation plan, evaluating your current insurance policy and identifying other facilities that can provide for your guests. For more detail, visit the "Preparing for Emergency: Disaster planning and recovery checklist" for a comprehensive checklist.Once a disaster strikes, the disaster planning you performed will become invaluable. Set your plans in motion to assess and contain the disaster. Once the property has been evaluated and everyone, both employees and guests, have been confirmed safe you may begin documenting the disaster for insurance purposes. Check out the "Your Insurance Toolbelt" article which provides a checklist of items to document for the insurance company.Individuals working in hotels have a unique responsibility. When a hurricane strikes, lodging establishments often become a refuge for those in need. Please take a moment to read the article "Stories from the Storm." This article profiles how two managers from New Orleans, Louisiana USA; handled disaster recovery and their insights on experiences dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The article also profiles two club managers in Florida who offer advice on lessons they learned while going through the disaster recovery process.Clubs are often a place for members to turn to in order to gain a sense of normalcy after a storm has disrupted their lives. As a catering manager at Houston Country Club in 2001, I witnessed this first-hand. Tropical Storm Allison, the deadliest and most costly tropical storm on record in the United States, delivered a one-two punch to the Houston, Texas USA area dropping nearly 40 inches of rain, 30 of which fell in a 12-hour period on Friday evening. On Saturday, Houston woke to streets that looked more like canals and I woke to the reality that a thousand guests were due to arrive for a wedding reception that evening. Thankfully, the clubhouse was safe, and as the flood waters began to subside, the hope of delivering an extravagant wedding came to fruition. For many, this was a great respite to the dreadful weather outside.Hurricanes may be the top priority on the minds of many at this time, but they are not the only natural disasters that may impact your property. Hospitality businesses must be prepared to handle any kind of natural or man-made disaster: biological threats, cyber-attacks, explosions, power outages, and wildfires are only a few of the possibilities. If you visit the website www.ready.gov you will find basic guidelines on how to prepare for nearly any type of emergency situation. These guidelines can be used to enhance the current procedures you have on file or to develop new ones for the ever-present dangers of the modern world.The current hurricane season runs until November 30, so those living along the gulf coast and eastern seaboard in the United States must remain vigilant and prepared for what may lie ahead during this active hurricane season. Please read the following articles from The Bottomline for further guidance on business continuity and disaster recovery:Emergency Management and the Hospitality IndustryBe Ready for Business when Disaster StrikesNatural Disaster, Tax DisasterReady ResponseHospitality Attacks: Tips That Can Save LivesRed Cross Disaster PlanRead Full Blog>

Invest in Your Career Today: HFTP Fall Membership Offer

6 September 2017
HFTP has supported hospitality finance and technology professionals for over 65 years and wants to help you take the first step in investing in your career.Introductory One Year HFTP Membership is currently only $265.00 USD - (a $110.00 USD discount). Use discount code: 65HFTPFall - (expires September 30, 2017).Be a part of an international community of hospitality finance and technology professionals who have joined this year to make HFTP's 65th anniversary even better. Questions about HFTP membership? Email membership@hftp.org or visit the HFTP website. Learn More>

HFTP Chapter Events: September 2017

30 August 2017
HFTP has over 80 local chapters throughout the world. Attend chapter meetings to connect with your local network of HFTP members and share solutions with professionals in your community. Chapters provide tremendous opportunities for education, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events for September 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.September 6, 2017HFTP Atlanta Chapter (USA)7:00-10:30 a.m. | InterContinental Hotel BuckheadAtlanta Housing Outlook SeminarClick here for further details and RSVPSeptember 10, 2017HFTP Long Island Chapter (USA)10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Eisenhower Park - Field 5Walk for WishesClick here for further details and RSVPSeptember 13, 2017HFTP New Orleans Chapter (USA)5:30-7:30 p.m. | Hotel MonteleoneWine Pairing DinnerClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Long Island Chapter (USA)TBD | Atlantic Golf ClubChapter MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPSeptember 14, 2017HFTP Northern Connecticut Chapter (USA)4:00-7:00 p.m. | Country Club of WateburyCurrent Accounting Topics and Internal Control IssuesClick here for further details and RSVPSeptember 20, 2017HFTP Florida Treasure Coast Chapter (USA)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Tequesta Country ClubExplaining the Club Business to your BoardClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Mid-Jersey Chapter (USA)4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Rumson Country ClubNew Jersey Sales Tax Laws and Best PracticesClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Greater Milwaukee Chapter (USA)TBDChapter Homecoming and Officer InstallationClick here for further details and RSVPSeptember 21, 2017HFTP Florida Gold Coast Chapter (USA)6:30-9:30 p.m. | PB Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & SpaWhat You Need to Know About Unclaimed PropertyClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (USA)TBDPanel of Controllers/CFOClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Cleveland/Akron Chapter (USA)7:00-10:00 a.m. | The Westin Cleveland DowntownAP Automation: Revolutionize Your Process from Purchase to PaymentClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Southern Alberta Chapter (CANADA)12:00-2:00 p.m. | Delta South CalgaryGST and TippingClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter (USA)TBD | Army Navy Country ClubInstallation DinnerClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Las Vegas Chapter (USA)TBDChapter MeetingClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Greater Houston Chapter (USA)TBD | Woodlands Resort & Conference CenterOfficer Induction CeremonyClick here for further details and to RSVPSeptember 26, 2017HFTP Florida Manasota Chapter (USA)5:30-8:30 p.m. | River Wilderness Country ClubSFS Restaurant and Special Events Licenses and PermitsClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP New York City Chapter (USA)5:30-8:00 p.m. | The Penn Club of New YorkOverview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)Click here for further details and to RSVPSeptember 27, 2017HFTP New York City Chapter (USA)10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Sunningdale Country Club17th Annual Charity Golf TournamentClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter (USA)5:30-8:00 p.m. | Huntingdon Valley Country ClubIndustry Round Table DiscussionClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP Mid-Jersey Chapter (USA)5:30-8:00 p.m. | Huntingdon Valley Country ClubIndustry Round Table DiscussionClick here for further details to RSVPSeptember 29, 2017HFTP Mid-Florida Chapter (USA)1:00 p.m. | Shingle Creek Golf Club15th Annual Chapter Golf Event to Benefit Camp Boggy CreekClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Charlotte-Blue Ridge Chapter (USA)TBD | Crown Plaza Charlotte Executive ParkSales & Use Tax UpdateClick here for further details and to RSVPLearn More about HFTP Chapters>

Hurricane Harvey Update from HFTP

28 August 2017
HFTP would like to thank our members and stakeholders for your concerns regarding our wellbeing after Hurricane Harvey's impact on Texas. The HFTP Austin staff are safe, doing well and the office is open. HFTP will continue to monitor the weather and may close the office due to inclement weather as needed. Again, we thank you for your concerns.HFTP would also like to give our appreciation to the George R. Brown Convention Center, location of HITEC 2018 Houston, which is providing shelter to area residents. Thank you for providing the needed refuge.To help people that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, please consider donating to the American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey

Chapter Highlight: HFTP University of Houston Student Chapter

23 August 2017
HFTP University of Houston Cougar Chapter members welcomed incoming Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management students during an organization fair this week. Jieun Kim, Sabrina Nga Nguyen and Hui Zhu were available to answer questions and educate Fall 2017 students about the benefits of HFTP. HFTP representatives will be available again next week on August 29-30, 2017 at the University of Houston Student Organization Fair in the Hilton Student Lobby. The HFTP University of Houston Cougar Chapter focuses on the areas of hospitality finance and technical administration, as well as to provide student opportunities to establish themselves as industry leaders. The chapter holds monthly dinner meetings at local hotels and country clubs. The meetings allow for students to network and interact with industry professionals. The University of Houston Cougar Chapter is dedicated to enriching the hospitality industry in Texas and the surrounding area. Visitors and non-members are always welcome.Learn More>HFTP Chapters>

Enjoy HFTP Club Digital Learning Day Right From Your Own Desktop: September 20, 2017

22 August 2017
Do not miss HFTP's second annual Club Digital Learning Day on September 20, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST. 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. REGISTER>Schedule10:30 - 11:30 AM | Keys to Building a Data-driven Strategic Leadership in Private Clubs12:00 - 1:00 PM | Guide to the Changing World of Governance: Today's Rules and Policies1:30 - 2:30 PM | Payroll and PEOs3:00 - 4:00 PM | Immigration Options for Hospitality Organizations under the Trump AdministrationKeys to Building a Data-driven Strategic Leadership in Private ClubsPresented by Ray Cronin, founder and CEO at Club BenchmarkingMany executives believe that the use of analytics is important. Successful analytic leaders are gaining executive advocates by leveraging raw data points to inform decision making and improve achievement and business levels. Data-driven strategies are an increasingly important part of competitive differentiation. Learn what data can do for you, how your organization can function as a truly strategic body and how to assess a plan for ongoing value creation in a private club.Guide to the Changing World of Governance - Today's Rules and PoliciesPresented by Charles D. Dorn, CCM, managing director at The Dorn Group, Ltd.This webinar is designed to both introduce and reinforce how today's world requires new thinking. Learn how today's governance guidelines are different from year's past and how utilizing the guidelines presented will help you work within your company to improve the "governance culture." Real life stories and examples will be shared and will show both good and bad examples of governance. By the end of the webinar, you will be able to apply the principals learned to your situation.PEO vs. HRO vs. Payroll - What is the best fit for your club?Presented by James Knight, partner and owner at CertiPayand Clare Vazquez Peace, senior human resource consultant at CertiPayThis webinar will discuss the differences between a payroll company and a PEO and define HRO. Find out what technology can be used to streamline the administrative burden of payroll and human resources. Learn the difference between PEO vs. HRO vs. Payroll and if an outsource solution can provide all the necessary technology. The decision drivers to consider when going into a PEO solution or out of a PEO solution will be reviewed - SUTA rate, W/C rate, administrative cost, HR cost and benefit cost.Immigration Options for Hospitality Organizationsunder the Trump AdministrationPresented by Keith Pabian, Esq., founding partner at Pabian Law, LLCVisa and immigration issues have been front and center for the club and hospitality industry over the past six months. This webinar will focus on understanding the current immigration landscape and what it means for clubs and hospitality organizations. Hear about 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.For more information, contact Online Education Coordinator Nick Cukjati by email or phone (512) 220-6445. Click here to view all upcoming webinars.Website>Learn More>

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