HOFEX 2007 | Interview with Agnes L. DeFranco | HFTP President
An introduction to HFTP and its recent activities in Asia Pacific Region
Dr. Agnes DeFranco serves as Associate Professor of the Conrad N. Hilton College. Dr. DeFranco joined the College in 1988 and has taught courses specializing in hospitality accounting, finance and purchasing. She was appointed in August 1999 to Associate Dean of the College and served in that capacity until she was named Interim Dean in January 2002. She also serves as a Visiting Professor to the University of Angers Tourism program where she teaches hotel investment and analysis. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, a student organization at the College. She currently serves as President of HFTP. She is also active with the American Hotel & Lodging Association serving on the Certification Commission of the Educational Institute and the Diversity Committee.
HFTP, Austin, Texas, USA and Maastricht, The Netherlands, founded in 1952, is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs and other hospitality-related businesses. HFTP provides first class educational opportunities, research, and publications to more than 4,600 members globally including, the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC--founded in 1972. HFTP also awards the only hospitality specific certifications for accounting and technology ---the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in the USA as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. For more information, visit
Interviewer: Terence Ronson, Managing Director Pertlink. Terence started his career as a Chef, and acquired his wealth of practical experience and knowledge whilst holding various management positions with Hilton International in Asia and at several prestigious hotel establishments in the U.K. After developing a personal interest in computers and technology some twenty years ago, Terence turned his attention on to this exciting and rapidly evolving aspect of the business, working with several prominent IT related companies in the hospitality industry, applying their products and services so as to streamline businesses, improve profitability, differentiate businesses and enhance the guest experience. Click here for more.