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  • HFTP Research Report: Pre-opening Expenditures in Hospitality

    A study of the pre-opening budget; the timeline for these expenditures; timeline for onboarding of staff; and the selection, installation and training of the technology component. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.

  • New Global Directors Join the 2018-2019 HFTP Board

    The HFTP 2018-2019 Global Board of Directors was installed during the association's 2018 Annual Convention and introduces new directors Toni Bau, Carson Booth, CHTP and Mark Fancourt. These extensive director profiles give insight into the distinguished professions and personal goals of HFTP's newest association leaders.

  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

  • IT Spending in the Lodging Industry Three-year Analysis: 2015–2017

    By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Arlene Ramirez, CHE, CHAE; and Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. PART II: An analysis of IT spending data in the lodging industry based on reporting in the new USALI Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems.

HFTP Announces Startups for Entrepreneur 20X at HITEC Europe

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Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), is pleased to announce the selected hospitality technology startups that will participate in Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) at HITEC Europe. The E20X start-up pitch competition is on April 9 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Palau de Congressos in Palma, Mallorca, Spain; all registered HITEC Europe delegates are welcome to attend. The competition is a pre-conference event attached to HITEC Europe, part of the largest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand: HITEC.E20X innovators will pitch their business concepts to a room of HITEC Europe delegates and a panel of judges. At the conclusion of the competition, the E20X judges will determine the winner of the "E20X Judges' Choice Award" grand prize of EUR2,500. The second prize is the "People's Choice Award," which is determined by popular vote through the event mobile app, concluding on the last day of HITEC Europe on April 11. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the technologies by visiting with the participating startups in the E20X Innovation Lab located on the Mezzanine level in the HITEC Europe exhibit hall.The morning of the competition, E20X mentors will meet face-to-face with the entrepreneur competitors. The mentor session before the competition gives the mentors the chance to share their experience, answer questions and make invaluable connections with the E20X participants.The 2019 E20X Europe pitching companies include:TriftHotelwayOakyPirsonalLounger LoggerStayTravletYou're Welcome AppFor more information about E20X, email e20x@hftp.org. In addition to HITEC Europe, two other HITEC events are scheduled for 2019: HITEC Minneapolis on June 17-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA; and HITEC Dubai on November 12-13 in Dubai, UAE.

HFTP Partners with the Young Hoteliers Summit: 10th Edition

20 March 2019
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is proud to partner with the Young Hoteliers Summit (YHS) Global 10th Edition, which will be held March 25-27 at the Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland.Aiming to narrate the hospitality industry's success stories and create a roadmap for future industry leaders, this year's anniversary edition theme is titled: "The Scope of Hospitality: Envisioning -- Defining -- Succeeding." The event will feature five powerful, inspiring keynotes and five insightful panel discussions over three days.Keynote speakers for the 10th Edition include Olivier Bracard, Co-Founder and CEO of Hosco, and Tess Mattisson, Director or European Marketing at Choice Hotels. Panel discussion topics will include "Disrupting Distribution: Game-Changers," "Global Brand Expansion: Adaptation and Development" and "Seizing Top Tech Opportunities: When Data Is Everything."Meet top professionals from the industry and delegates from more than 40 hospitality management institutions from all around the world.Find out more about the YHS 10th Edition and purchase your ticket.

HFTP Club Summit 2019 Presents Latest Industry Trends and Challenges to Club Professionals

19 March 2019
More than 140 club professionals traveled to Nashville, Tennessee last week to attend the second annual HFTP Club Summit. The event was held March 11-12, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown. The Club Summit offers two days of advanced-level education specific to the club segment of the hospitality industry addressing strategies, trends and engagement.This year, the educational program explored club governance and effective leadership strategies, employee engagement, key performance indicators, capital planning, audit best practices, club management software reengineering/replacement and more. Attendees enjoyed several opportunities for networking with one another and visiting with event sponsors offering the latest products and services relevant to today's club. Those with certification requirements were able to earn up to 12 hours of continuing education by attending education sessions.The feedback from this year's attendees has been very positive. See what they have had to say:"This was one of the best conferences I have attended. Having all of the sessions focused on clubs ensured that the topics would be relevant to me.""If you have a question or a problem in your career at a club, bring it to HFTP's Club Summit. There will be someone there that has faced it and can offer a solution.""I think the one-on-one [interaction] is crucial, especially if you do not have that locally.""Club Summit is a tightly-focused educational program that delivered 100 percent relevant material and brought together colleagues in a setting that maximized the opportunity for information-sharing."Learn more about the HFTP Club Summit by visiting www.hftp.org.

Final Details: HFTP London Educational Event, March 14

13 March 2019
Meet with HFTP representatives and London-area hospitality professionals for an evening of education and networking. Learn about the key benefits that HFTP provides to its members and meet with individuals who have similar professional interests. An educational presentation will be presented as part of the programme.The event will be held at the luxurious Rosewood Hotel London, which is an Edwardian Grade II-listed building that has been sensitively renovated to create a luxury hotel with the ambiance of a stylish London residence.Event Details: When: March 14, 2019 Where: Rosewood Hotel London / Salons 3, 4 and 5 / 252 High Holborn, London Host: Carl Weldon, Chief Operating Officer, HFTP EuropeAgenda: Arrivals and Networking starts at 18:00 Presentation and Information starts at 18:30Event Speakers: Carl Weldon, COO Europe | HFTP Introduction Sarah Duignan, Director of Client Relationships | STR Global A Review of Worldwide, European and U.K. Performance Statistics and Trends Andrew Evans, CEO - Keystep Solutions | Event Sponsor What Roadmap? "Where are the multitude of new ideas and technologies taking hospitality? Are they helping or just overwhelming IT Departments with more and more projects to deliver?" Adam Blake, CEO | ThreatSpike Labs Exploring InfoSec in a Hospitality Environment! "What does this mean?? How we view data security with a fresh pair of eyes! Threat hunting like you've never seen before."Please RSVP as space is limited.Thank you to the event sponsor: Keystep Solutions and Transputec/ThreatSpike.

HFTP Sells Out Exhibition for Upcoming HITEC Europe 2019 in Palma, Mallorca, Spain

12 March 2019
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), an international nonprofit association and producers of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), has sold all exhibit spaces for the upcoming HITEC Europe 2019. A floor plan with a list of participating companies is available on the HITEC Europe website. HITEC Europe will take place from April 9-11 at the Palau de Congressos in Palma, Mallorca, Spain.For companies who were not able to reserve a booth in time, a waiting list for booth space is available with placement given on a first-come, first-served basis. HFTP also offers exhibitor supporter packages for non-exhibiting companies, which grants access to many of the same perks HITEC exhibitors receive - the next best thing to having a booth. Exhibitor supporters receive two full conference registrations, recognition in the HITEC mobile app, as well as recognition at the conference."HITEC Europe in 2019 will be located in the premiere travel destination of Palma, Mallorca a locale with hundreds of hotels and headquarters to numerous hospitality companies," said Carl Weldon, HFTP COO - Europe. "Not only is the island a draw due to its large hospitality market, but the program for HITEC Europe will be a cannot miss event for industry professionals who are involved in the technology operations at hotels, resorts and more."HITEC Europe 2019 brings together thought leaders, practitioners and vendors to cover hospitality technology trends and practices. A highlight to the program is the keynote presentation on Wednesday, April 10 by award-winning futurist Rohit Talwar. Talwar is an entrepreneur and specialist advisor on business transformation, disruptive strategies and radical innovation. Profiled as one the top 10 global future thinkers by the Independent newspaper, his controversial and inspiring keynote speeches enable teams to think differently, act fast and be first to the future.For exhibiting companies, sponsorship opportunities are available for companies to stand out and have their organization name seen by the thousand plus attendees before and after the show. See which opportunities are available and download the marketing kit by visiting the event website.For more information about supporter packages, contact HFTP Sales and Accounts Manager Matt Chambers at matt.chambers@hftp.org or +1 (512) 220-6443.HITEC Europe will be the first of three HITEC events in 2019. The larger HITEC Minneapolis will take place June 17-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. HITEC Dubai will take place in November 12-13 at The Festival Arena by Intercontinental at Dubai Festival City in Dubai, UAE.

New CHAE and CHTP Designees: Quarterly Update (Nov. 2018 - Feb. 2019)

11 March 2019
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP). Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New DesigneesNovember 2018:Susan Black, CHAE * Director of Finance * Wyndham Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek * USARobert Krueger, CHAE * Director of Finance * Transition * USADennis Villegas, CHAE * Revenue Audit Manager * Rosen Hotels & Resorts * USAAlicia White, CHAE * Controller * HRT Solutions * USAMax Starkov, CHTP * Founder and Director * HEBS Digital * USADecember 2018:Karim Mahmoud Abdel Halim, CHAE * Financial Controller * Corp Hotel * Saudi ArabiaScott der Boghhossian, CHAE * Supervisor * Condon O'Meara Ginty & Donnelly * USADebbie Formica, CHAE * Assistant Controller * The Club at Mediterra * USAJanuary 2019:Emily Contardi, CHAE * Controller * Spring Lake Golf Club * USAKe (Freemen) Deng, CHAE * Director of Operations * Jinmao Hotel * ChinaIndika Ranasinghe, CHAE * Financial Controller * Sunny Hospitality Management * USAChristopher Skaggs, CHAE * Assistant Controller * Hotel Valley Ho * USARunhong (Renee) Zhang, CHAE * Director of Finance * Jinmao Hotel Management * ChinaFebruary 2019:Angela Lee, CHAE * Accounting Manager * Terranea Resort * USAWhy 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>Certification Advisory Program (CAP)HFTP launched the Certification Advisory Program (CAP) to assist CHAE and CHTP certification applicants in achieving their HFTP certification designation. The program brings together both candidates and advisors, who will help and support candidates in one-to-one interactions, as a supplemental review option for the certification exams. Learn More>About HFTP CertificationsHFTP administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) 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).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.

2019 Dates Announced for HITEC Dubai

1 March 2019
The next edition of HITEC Dubai, hosted in partnership by HFTP and Naseba, will be held on November 12-13, 2019. This event is set to expand by over 30 percent with a larger venue -- the Festival Arena in Festival City Dubai.With 2500+ attendees including hoteliers, resorts, airlines, management companies, travel agents and restaurants, HITEC Dubai is considered the must-attend hospitality technology exhibition and conference in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for 2019.Over 15 MENA nations will be representing their technology decision-makers at the conference including CIOs, CTOs, COOs and CEOs from growing regional and international hospitality brands.The format of HITEC focuses on thought leadership, business meetings and technology demonstrations. Over 100+ leading technology-enabling companies will showcase their products and solutions. If you want to do more business in the MENA region or are simply looking to explore expansion there, plan to attend HITEC Dubai this November.Request More Information

Attend Upcoming Event Hosted by the HFTP New England Hotel and HFTP New England Club Chapters

1 March 2019
Later this month, the HFTP New England Hotel and New England Club chapters will host an event to network with HFTP members and hospitality professionals.HFTP Global Chief Operations Officer Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA will present the HFTP Global Update. All area HFTP members are invited to attend, learn what is happening around the world with HFTP, the future direction of HFTP and what value the association brings to members. March 13, 2019 Begins 6:00 p.m. EST6:45 p.m. program start, 7:30 p.m. dinner Location: The Seaport HotelOne Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210To attend, please send your RSVP.

HFTP Past President Ralph Miller to Present Asset Management Master Class at IHIF

26 February 2019
HFTP Past President Ralph R. Miller CPA, CA, CBV, CHA, CHAE, president of Inntegrated Hospitality Management will be presenting an Asset Management Master Class at the International Hotel Investment Forum 2019 in Berlin. Representing HFTP, Miller will lead the session, "Convergence of Accounting Principles & Operations Reporting; Implications/Benefits for Asset Managers," which runs from 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. on March 5. In the presentation he will discuss the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry, 11th Revised edition. Miller is a member of the AH&LA Financial Management Committee, which oversees the revisions of the reference book, making him well-versed on the guidance within the USALI.The IHIF 2019 conference program will look at new growth strategies for all stakeholders, whether they are to be found in traditional markets, emerging destinations, improved asset management or operational strategies, or alternative lodging concepts. Over three days, the event will bring together over 2,300 leaders of hospitality investment from 80 countries to share their expertise, meet new partners and make deals. It runs from March 4-6 in Berlin, Germany.

Meet Minneapolis: Travel to the Twin Cities this Summer for HITEC 2019

14 February 2019
We all know that travel can be a real hassle. So, what about a trip makes it worth packing up your suitcase, saying goodbye to your family for the next few days, fighting the airport and staying in a strange city?

HITEC Minneapolis Online Registration and Housing Bureau Open; Opening Keynote Session Announced

7 February 2019
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), producers of the world's largest Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), has announced that attendee registration for its HITEC Minneapolis is now available online, as well as hotel reservations. Annually, HITEC highlights the industry's tech trends and current approach to integrating technology into the hospitality sphere. To set the tone on the first day, award-winning futurist Chris Riddell will present the Opening Keynote, "Beyond Tomorrow -- The Human Revolution." HITEC Minneapolis will be the second, and largest, HITEC event of 2019 and is from June 17-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA."Annually HITEC provides industry professionals a comprehensive viewpoint on hospitality technology and global business trends, with multiple inputs that offer an extensive understanding on the direction the industry is moving," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "The education program, exhibition and networking opportunities all deliver an attendee the prospects to find the solutions they are looking for."The Opening Keynote will be presented in the afternoon on June 17, 2019 by Chris Riddell. He is an award winning global futurist and industry recognized inspirational keynote speaker on emerging trends in our hyper connected world. Riddell is a global pattern hunter, discovering and identifying how humans are changing and adapting to high speed change, unlocking insights for businesses and leaders in today's highly disrupted digital world.HITEC Minneapolis has scheduled a full education program planned by the HITEC Minneapolis Advisory Council, a group of industry practitioners and experts. The council is co-chaired by Shannon Knox, vice president of IT Field Services and Strategic Sourcing at Hilton and Justin Taillon, Ph.D., professor and department head at Highline College. The exhibit hall hosts over 350 companies displaying a range of products and services to support the hospitality technology industry.In addition to HITEC Minneapolis, in 2019 HFTP will bring back its two, regional conferences: HITEC Europe and HITEC Dubai. HITEC Europe will take place from April 9-11 at the Palau de Congressos Centre in Palma, Mallorca, Spain. HITEC Dubai will take place in the fall. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other international activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.

HFTP Global Past President Arlene Ramirez to Present at HFTP Los Cabos Chapter Meeting

6 February 2019
This month, the HFTP Los Cabos Chapter will have a special guest speaker: HFTP Global Past President Arlene Ramirez, CHAE, CHE, CHIA, MBA. Ramirez will be presenting an update on HFTP Global initiatives. She will cover what HFTP is doing around the world with HFTP, the future direction of HFTP and what value the association brings to members.All area members are invited to attend. Here are the details:Friday, February 15, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. Playa Grande ResortAv. Playa Grande no. 1 Col. CentroCabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico, 23450Meeting Room: AuditorioTo attend, send an RSVP.

HFTP Welcomes New Scholars to Middle East Research Center

5 February 2019
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is pleased to continue its partnership with the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM) through the addition of two new scholars to its Middle East Research Center: Mercy Kiprotich and Vladan Pantelic. The HFTP Middle East Research Center, along with the HFTP Americas and Asia Research Centers, are an essential component of HFTP's initiative to provide members with quality new resources and information that advance the global hospitality industry. Kiprotich and Pantelic are currently pursuing their master's degrees and will be delving into research that provides new insights in hospitality management in the United Arab Emirates. Both scholars were carefully selected by EAHM, and will conduct their research under the supervision of Dr. Sanjay Nadkarni, Ph.D, Director of EAHM's Innovation and Research Center.Leading up to their graduate school careers, both Kiprotich and Pantelic boast impressive backgrounds in the industry. "We are fortunate to have Mercy and Vladan join the HFTP Middle East Research Center," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "While their futures are bright, their prior industry experiences alone have set them apart from their peers. As research scholars, their contributions will help HFTP advance industry knowledge."Prior to her studies, Kiprotech worked extensively in hospitality, building her international, hands-on experience in event planning, sales performance analysis, and property management. As a graduate student, she is diving into her thesis investigating how Dubai hotels are beginning to leverage blockchain technology.Pantelic, who has vast experience in operations with Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, will use his knowledge to focus his thesis on the selection of key performance indicators by hotel management in the UAE. HFTP will provide a platform for the dissemination of the scholars' findings through whitepapers and blogs.

Visit with HFTP Global at the 2019 CMAA World Conference and Club Business Expo

4 February 2019
HFTP will be at the upcoming 2019 CMAA World Conference and Club Business Expo on February 24-28, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee USA. The event offers a robust educational programming with sessions on hiring, marketing, food and beverage, finance, member relations and more.Come by HFTP's booth #826 at the Club Business Expo and visit with HFTP Global representatives to discuss your career needs or those of your staff and how HFTP membership can help.

2019 HFTP Annual Convention Call for Presentations; Deadline March 8, 2019

4 February 2019
HFTP is in the midst of preparations for its 2019 Annual Convention, planning for excellent, information-driven session presentations to offer convention attendees. An important part of the process is reaching out to industry experts to propose their ideas for important topics to present. If you are well-informed on a topic of interest and would like to share your expertise to industry professionals, submit your presentation to the HFTP Annual Convention Education Advisory Council planning the event.2019 HFTP Annual ConventionOctober 23-25Rosen Centre HotelOrlando, Florida USAThe cornerstone to HFTP's educational offerings, the Annual Convention is three days of education, networking and recognition of the association's stand-out members and accomplishments from the past year. Submit your best session idea for HFTP's upcoming program to help attendees reach their full potential and advance in their careers. Proposals should be industry-specific and designed for seasoned hospitality professionals.Submit Proposal (Submission deadline: March 8, 2019)

HFTP Members: Take Advantage of a UPS Discount for Your Shipping Needs

4 February 2019
HFTP and UPS took the guesswork out, and put the easy in. HFTP members now have access to new and improved flat rate pricing with UPS -- no matter how much you ship, when you ship, or where it's going.Members-Only Savings Include:10% on UPS Next Day Air(r) Early45% on Domestic Next Day / Deferred25% on Ground Commercial / ResidentialInternational: 50% on Export / 40% on Import / 25% Canada StandardSavings begin at 75%* on UPS Freight(r) shipments over 150 lbs.In addition, members can take advantage of UPS Smart Pickup(r) service for free.Open a new account, or if you are already taking advantage of the UPS savings program, re-enroll and apply the new discounts to your existing account by visiting: www.savewithups.com/hftp or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., ET.Visit www.savewithups.com/hftp for specific services and discounts.

Applications Now Open for Positions on the HFTP Global Board and Executive Committee

22 January 2019
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is calling hospitality professionals who are innovative, strategic thinkers to join the association's top leadership. The application process to participate is open for director positions on the HFTP Global Board and the secretary on the HFTP Global Executive Committee. These two bodies represent the highest volunteer positions at the association, advising on the strategic direction of HFTP. The deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2019.The HFTP Board of Directors and Executive Committee meet several times a year in person or virtually to discuss the association's immediate and long-term endeavors. Directors and executive committee members provide valuable input drawing from their expertise as hospitality professionals, offering a perspective of current industry trends and concerns; as well as professional skills.Requirements for HFTP Global directors include any HFTP Principal, Agent, Allied or Education member in good standing is eligible for nomination to the Board of Directors. Any HFTP Principal, Agent, or Education member in good standing that holds one of the HFTP designations -- CHAE or CHTP -- shall be eligible for nomination to an officer position. Allied members are not eligible for nomination to an officer position.Directors serve on the board for three years, with new directors selected annually. Annually a secretary is selected for the HFTP Global Executive Committee.To apply for a director position, visit the HFTP website under the Get Involved tab. To apply for the secretary position, please contact Millicent Gustafson for more information. If you have any questions about the process, contact Millicent Gustafson, HFTP Executive Services Administrator at millicent.gustafson@hftp.org.

Why Hospitality Tech Startups Should Join a Pitch Competition like HFTP's Entrepreneur 20X in 2019

17 January 2019
You have brainstormed a brilliant idea to solve an existing problem in today’s complex hospitality industry. You’ve put in the work to turn that idea into a startup business. That may have included creating a team, designing a website and developing your product. Now, what you need involves securing funding, building your contacts and burgeoning your brand to go fully from a successful startup to a straight-up success.

HFTP Research Report: Pre-opening Expenditures in Hospitality

10 January 2019
A study of the pre-opening budget; the timeline for these expenditures; timeline for onboarding of staff; and the selection, installation and training of the technology component. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Arlene Ramirez, MBA, CHAE, CHE, CHIA; and Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. A report from Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP).

Deadline Extended to January 15 - HFTP Initiates Young Professionals Mentorship Program

7 January 2019
As a longtime HFTP member, would you like to share your knowledge with the next generation of HFTP Young Professionals?-OR-As a HFTP Young Professional, are you interested in learning how to navigate the hospitality industry from a fellow HFTP member who wants you to succeed?Consider participating in HFTP's new Young Professionals Mentorship Program.This professional development program will match you to a mentor or mentee according to your career experience and interests. The formal program will last from February to June and could lead to a priceless connection that benefits you today and in the future.The mentorship program will encourage you to meet with your mentor/mentee and give you guided discussion topics based on mutual goals you have defined. If you are interested, please fill out your application to become a mentor or mentee by January 15, 2019. After January 15, 2019, a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Council will reach out to you about your matching status.Mentor ApplicationMentee Application

HITEC Europe 2019 Online Registration Open, Keynote Announced

7 January 2019
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC), announced that attendee online registration for its third-annual HITEC Europe is now open. The event is the first of three HITEC events in 2019, which bring together thought leaders, practitioners and vendors to cover hospitality technology trends and practices. HITEC Europe will take place from 09-11 April 2019 at the Palau de Congressos in Palma, Mallorca, Spain."HITEC Europe in 2019 will be located in the premiere travel destination of Palma, Mallorca a locale with hundreds of hotels and headquarters to numerous hospitality companies," said Carl Weldon, HFTP COO - Europe. "Not only is the island a draw due to its large hospitality market, but the program for HITEC Europe will be a cannot miss event for industry professionals who are involved in the technology operations at hotels, resorts and more."A highlight to the program is the keynote presentation on Wednesday, 10 April by award-winning futurist Rohit Talwar. Talwar is an entrepreneur and specialist advisor on business transformation, disruptive strategies and radical innovation. Profiled as one the top 10 global future thinkers by the Independent newspaper, his controversial and inspiring keynote speeches enable teams to think differently, act fast and be first to the future."Rohit includes a good mixture in his presentation of technology, as well as management and business strategies to cope with the various disruptors that will be coming our way," said HITEC Europe Advisory Council Chair Derek Wood.HITEC Europe full registration attendees will have access to two full days of education, two full days of exhibits and access to the Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) pre-conference event and Welcome Reception. The full schedule of events is available on the HITEC Europe website.Education. Full registration attendees will have access to two days of educational training and best practices, carefully planned for the European hospitality market by the HITEC Europe Advisory Council, including the keynote presentation.Exhibits. Full Registration attendees, as well as those purchasing an exhibits only attendee pass will have access to two days of exhibits. Do not miss the only opportunity to see a number of new products and high-caliber existing products all in one location. The education program does not conflict with exhibit hours, but attendees will also have access to educational opportunities right on the show floor with the new Spotlight Presentations.View the current HITEC Europe floor plan to see which companies are exhibiting. Stands for the 2019 exhibition are still available for companies interested in participating.Entrepreneur 20X (E20X). This pre-conference event features ambitious, unfunded technology entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a room full of HITEC attendees as well as a panel of expert judges. All HITEC badges, including exhibits-only badges, will have the opportunity to watch some of the most innovative startups the hospitality technology industry has to offer compete in the European version of the globally recognized pitch competition.The application process for participating in the competition is now open through 08 February 2019.In addition to the opening of HITEC Europe registration, the HITEC Europe website offers information on travel and hotel reservations.Following HITEC Europe, HFTP will host the larger HITEC Minneapolis on 17-20 June 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. Registration for HITEC Minneapolis is open as well. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other international activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org.

2019 HFTP Club Summit: An Advanced-level Educational and Networking Experience

4 January 2019
March 11-12, 2019 / Doubletree by Hilton Nashville Downtown / Nashville, Tennessee USATake the opportunity to draw from a room of highly-experienced club professionals and expert presenters to help you professionally excel. In its second year, the HFTP Club Summit is returning after it was a hit with attendees in its debut year. Sarah Ford, a 2018 Club Summit attendee, wrote in detail about all she learned that year in a blog, "Escaping the Nor'easter for the Inaugural HFTP Club Summit in New Orleans." In a comment about the final Open Forum session of the event, she wrote, "Club controllers and CFOs from all over the country were asking questions, sharing knowledge and collaborating with one another in a lively fashion. With all of the experience in that room, it could have gone on for days."This year, the program maintains its two-day, interactive, thought-provoking format with critical topics for club financial professionals. The sessions scheduled are as follows, with full session descriptions and speaker listings available on the website.Employee Engagement 101Strategic Key Performance IndicatorsOne Year Later: How the #MeToo Movement Has Affected Your Workplace and How to Respond and Remain Out of the HeadlinesViews From the AuditorPros and Cons of Software Reengineering -- How to Actually Reengineer Your Club Management SoftwarePurpose-driven Governance -- How Boards Influence Club SuccessCapital Planning for ClubsClub Open ForumIn addition to the educational component, there will be networking breaks with table top exhibits from reputable club vendors and a networking reception on the first night.Early registration rates are available through February 11, 2019: HFTP Member: $450 USDNonmember: $600 USD

Great Educational and Networking Opportunity at the HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference: February 14-16, 2019

20 December 2018
HFTP Mid-south Atlantic Regional Conference / February 14-16, 2019Bring a guest and join HFTP for the 13th Annual Mid-south Atlantic Regional Conference (MSARC) located at The Williamsburg Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia USA. A joint effort by the HFTP Chapters in North and South Carolina and Virginia, the Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference is held in an effort to bring together all the HFTP professionals in the region for continuing professional education with time for socializing and getting to know each other better. The MSARC is a hit with attendees because of the affordable cost and intimate nature of the conference. The MSARC committees have done an excellent job through the years of providing excellent value for the investment. The event has become large enough to provide excellent educational opportunities, but still remains small enough to avoid the larger convention hotels. Attend to find out for yourself how walking into a room where "everybody knows your name" is so much better than being just another face in the crowd.Get a first-hand account of the event by reading a dispatch from the 2017 MSARC written by HFTP Global Treasurer Marke Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBA.View the event schedule here.Hotel Information:The Williamsburg Lodge310 South England St.Williamsburg, VA 23185Registration:Early Bird Member Rate (Before January 1, 2019) = $200.00 USDEarly Bird Non-Member Rate (Before January 1, 2019) = $225.00 USDMember Rate (Prior to February 1, 2019): $225Non-Member Rate (Prior to February 1, 2019): $250Student Rate = $100.00 USDRegister Now>Friday Reception Dinner: Attendees are welcome to bring guests. Reception dinner price for guests is $125 USD per person. Guests are invited to attend the conference as well. Full Conference fee applies for guests.

Hospitality Upgrade Selects HFTP as New Partner for the 2019 Executive Vendor Summit

17 December 2018
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) has been selected by Hospitality Upgrade to partner for the 15th Annual Executive Vendor Summit founded by Hospitality Upgrade. The annual summit is an invitation-only, two-day conference that offers a rare combination of networking, educational programming and immersive social events for C-level executives from the world's finest hospitality technology suppliers. HFTP is a founding sponsor of the event, and this year is joining its long-time allied partner Hospitality Upgrade to plan and host the event. The 2019 event will be held at the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin on Feb. 26 -March 1, 2019."The Executive Vendor Summit is the world's only hospitality technology supplier invitational event and Hospitality Upgrade has done a phenomenal job by both supplying stellar education and by facilitating a number of hospitality technology companies' mergers, acquisitions and, most importantly, partnerships," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "It is such a unique experience for the attendees because they have a chance to learn about the latest happenings in the industry sitting in the same room with their competitors. By combining our organizations' reputations and skill sets, our goal is to provide our supporters a stellar experience."Past attendees include all the major property management companies, including Oracle, Agilysys, Infor, Maestro PMS, ResortSuite and Springer-Miller Systems, among others. Many partnerships have originated directly out of the event. Attendance at the Executive Vendor Summit helps attendees establish critical relationships with peers and focus on the industry's successes, challenges and opportunities. The event offers attendees interactive, high-quality educational sessions along with networking activities designed to encourage teamwork and discussion among participants. Attendees must hold the title of president or similar C-level executive position or hospitality division segment head at a technology company actively involved in the hospitality industry. Attendance is also limited in size to allow participants an optimal learning and networking experience.In addition to its traditional hotel/resort C-level panel discussion, this year's event will offer participants a chance to hear renowned business executives discuss best practices and will expand with a more global audience. It will feature extremely unique social activities germane with a Texas flair."HFTP and the annual HITEC events have an enormous reach to the many technology providers in the hotel world," said Richard Siegel, president and publisher of Hospitality Upgrade. "This year we are pooling our strengths and resources to grow and produce the best Executive Vendor Summit so far and increase our international presence."HFTP and Hospitality Upgrade are long-time allied partners working together to develop hospitality technology information and resources. Hospitality Upgrade is the exclusive technology magazine for HFTP and sponsor of HFTP events such as HITEC and the HFTP Annual Convention. HFTP is a sponsor of Hospitality Upgrade events such as its CIO Summit and the Executive Vendor Summit since its inception.Executives who would like to request an invitation to attend may contact anne@hospitalityupgrade.com. While this is not a "selling" conference, there are limited sponsorship opportunities available to companies who would like to network with this esteemed group of individuals.

HFTP Adds Three New Student Chapters at Seneca College, Niagara College and Johnson & Wales University

10 December 2018
The HFTP network has just expanded with two new Canadian-based student chapters at Seneca and Niagara Colleges, and one U.S.-based student chapter at Johnson & Wales University. The new chapters add 109 HFTP members. HFTP has seen a significant growth in its student membership count this year, resulting in five new student chapters in the 2018 calendar year. The other new chapters that have joined HFTP this year are at New York University and Kansas State University.The three newest student chapters include:HFTP Seneca CollegeChartered: November 27, 2018Faculty Advisor: Prof. Angelina MalikChapter President: Morniysha AnnestineThe chapter has 64 members. (62 student members, 2 faculty)HFTP Johnson & Wales UniversityFaculty Advisor: Prof. Robert WahlChapter President: Joseph SpinelliThe chapter has 14 members (12 students, 2 faculty)HFTP Niagara College (Canada)Chartered: December 6, 2018Faculty Advisor: Prof. Paul WillieChapter President: Anna CherdakovaThe chapter has 31 members (29 students, 2 faculty)Anna Cherdakova, the HFTP Niagara College president, said about the new chapter, "Many thanks to our faculty advisors at Niagara College and members of HFTP, without whom this would not have been possible."

HFTP Announces Change in Membership Dues in 2019: What Does This Mean for You?

6 December 2018
While HFTP has seen remarkable growth during the past six years in member benefits, resources, research and professional development events — we have been proud to maintain our membership annual dues at the same rate since 2013. However, with new initiatives and benefits — and simply, with time — comes a rise in costs for the association.

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