CHAE Designees Persevere During COVID-19 to Achieve Certification

1 June 2020
  • HFTP's Premiere Hospitality Finance Professional Certification


The past few months have been an especially turbulent time for professionals in the hospitality industry. In the midst of an international pandemic, several hospitality finance professionals persisted with their studies and took the exam to earn their Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE®) designation. Congratulations to HFTP's newest CHAE designees: 


  • Katie Paolino, CHAE | President, Hotel Solutions | Texas, USA
  • Ireshan Eranga Perera, CHAE | Assistant Director of Finance, Sheraton | Oman
  • Ivonne Jennifer Rodriguez, CHAE | Director of Finance/Controller, Holiday Inn Resort Orlando LBV | Florida, USA


  • Zach Hertel, CHAE | Director of Finance & Business Support, Fairmont Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania, USA
  • Joel Novelliere, CHAE | Director of Finance, Island Hospitality | Florida, USA
  • Kaustubh Parab, CHAE | Controller, Lake Louise Inn-Atlific Hotels | Alberta, Canada

HFTP would also like to recognize the individuals who earned their CHAE designation in the early months of 2020 including:

  • January: Bernadette Ceant, CHAE | Staff Accountant, Frenchman's Creek Country Club | Florida, USA
  • February: Irina Pabis, CHAE | Staff Accountant, Rosen Hotels | Florida, USA
  • March: Matthew Lieberman, CHAE | Director of Finance, Two Roads Hospitality | California, USA

About the CHAE: 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.

Hospitality finance professionals are also invited to consider this new professional opportunity: The USALI Certificate Program is discounted through August 31. Two certificates are available, Theory and Practice, and help you demonstrate expertise in the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry, 11th edition. HFTP in partnership with Ascend are providing the course at no cost to 50 furloughed or laid-off HFTP members on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants can take both the Theory and Practice Certiicate courses (must be completed by August 31, 2020).

Contact: EmailHFTP Certifications Manager Robin Bogdon at to apply for these opportunities or if you have any questions about HFTP certifications.

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Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)

7301 Ranch Rd 620 N, Ste 155-193
Austin, TX 78726-4537
United States
Phone: 1 (512) 249-5333

Robin Bogdon

HFTP Certification Manager
Phone: +1 (512) 220-4021