HFTP Announces 2019 CHAE of the Year Award Recipient

5 August 2019
  • Award Recipient Honored by Industry Recognition


Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) will honor Ke (Freeman) Deng, CHAE as the 2019 Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE®) of the Year at its upcoming Annual Convention this October. The CHAE of the Year award honors the individual that scored the highest on the CHAE certification exam within a given year.

HFTP's Annual Convention will be held from October 23-25 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida USA. Online registration is open now.

Deng began his career in hospitality finance. During the course of his career development, he began to devote himself to operations, as well. Now, Deng heads hotel operations, not only on the property level, but also company-wide. "I gradually found that finance is the base of all business decisions, and ultimately the target of operational strategy," said Deng. "I came to know CHAE and HFTP coincidentally. After learning about the CHAE, I found that the process of obtaining my certification  was very useful to sorting out all kinds of questions that surround daily operations.

"I am very surprised and honored to be selected as the CHAE of 2019," he said, upon receiving notice of his award. "I believe it is a most memorable honor during my career in hospitality. I am very happy to have received a good score on my CHAE examination; however, what makes me even happier is what I have taken away from this course of learning.

"I have recommended HFTP and the CHAE designation to my friends in the hotel industry, because I am a firm believer that it is very helpful in both thinking and decision-making," Deng continued. 

The CHAE professional designation is an industry designation showing competency in the area of accounting, and is acknowledged throughout the hospitality industry as it elevates the professionalism of both the recipient and the industry. More than 1,500 hospitality accountants, from several countries, have earned the CHAE designation through HFTP since the certification program began in 1981. A new CHAE exam is now available, and features a more global finance focus. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP®).

For more information on HFTP's certification programs (CHTP and CHAE), please contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at Robin.Bogdon@hftp.org. For immediate information, visit the FAQ pages for both CHTP and CHAE certifications.

HFTP has upcoming events around the world. HITEC Dubai will take place December 12-13, 2019 at The Festival Arena by Intercontinental at Dubai Festival City in Dubai, UAE. The next HITEC Europe will take place April 21-23, 2020, returning to the Palau de Congressos in Palma (Mallorca) Spain. The next HITEC North America will take place June 15-18, 2020 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas USA. For more information about HFTP's international events, visit www.hftp.org and www.hitec.org or contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org.

About HFTP

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues, and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and conferences and events. HFTP produces international events throughout the year, including the world's largest hospitality technology tradeshow and conference brand: HITEC. The association also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch.com®. For more information about HFTP, visit www.hftp.org.For the latest news, visit the HFTP News page at news.hftp.org and the HFTP Connect blog at blog.hftp.org.

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Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)

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Robin Bogdon

HFTP Certification Manager
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