And, the HFTP Staff "Pineapple of the Year" Award Goes to...

18 December 2019
  • Celebrating HFTP Staff Excellence


As 2019 comes to a close, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is proud to celebrate the professional and personal excellence of one stellar HFTP Global staff member with the esteemed HFTP "Pineapple of the Year" Award. Through the collection of staff nominations and votes, HFTP Senior Manager, Registration and Data Protection Fritz Johnson was selected to receive the 2019 "Pineapple of the Year" Award, based on his representation of HFTP's core values:

  • Identifying and promoting best practices
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity
  • Knowledge-sharing
  • Deliverance of recognition and esteem
  • Recognition of industry excellence
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Thought Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Promotion of a non-judgmental, supportive community environment
  • Enjoyable to work with and willing to be a valuable part of the team

Apart from all the above-mentioned criteria, Fritz displays unwavering commitment to professionalism, ownership of HFTP's reputation, and respect to his fellow team members. Well-loved and known to HFTP Global staff and members alike, Fritz emphatically represents HFTP's core values to a tee. He has been with HFTP for 17 years now and if you ask Fritz, his fellow staff and HFTP members have been there for him just as much as he has for them during his tenure. "HFTP has been a family to me throughout the years and I have learned so much," says Fritz of his award. "I have so much appreciation for HFTP staff and members for always being there for me through the good and bad times."

Some of the feedback received by fellow staff members during the nomination process are listed below:

"Fritz brings a considered and thoughtful approach to leadership but, he is equally willing to learn. Not one to be rushed, he takes the time to listen and makes inclusive decisions based on the information provided. His warm smile, honesty, integrity and considerate nature are qualities that make him a natural leader. He deserves this award for his dedication to the organization and for just being Fritz."

"Fritz is a true example of hospitality. Our members always seek him out and miss him when he is not present at our events. In the office, he is always ready to assist or answer questions and is always kind and patient."

"Fritz provides excellent customer service to members and is always kind to fellow staff members. I have never heard Fritz say he is too busy, or he can't help. He is my HFTP Hero every day at work."

"Fritz shares his knowledge, always acts with integrity, and promotes best practices at HFTP."

This comment sums it up nicely: "Fritz deserves the Pineapple Award!"

For more information on the HFTP Global staff, please visit the online staff directory.

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