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HFTP Chapter Events: May 2018

14 May 2018
Check out the upcoming HFTP chapter event calendar for May. Click here to view the upcoming events.HFTP has more than 76 local chapters throughout the world. Attend chapter meetings to connect with your local network of HFTP members and share solutions with professionals in your community. Chapters provide tremendous opportunities for education and networking. Find a HFTP chapter and get involved today. MoreHFTP chapters offer several opportunities for involvement and leadership, from officers and committee members to volunteers. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. MoreHFTP offers chapter leaders chapter specific online webinars through a series of education training webinars. MoreLearn more about HFTP chapters>Find a chapter near you>

Letter from the HFTP Global President: HFTP Builds on Past Initiatives to Forge Ahead to the Future

11 May 2018
The HFTP Global board, advisory councils, research centers, and its Austin, Texas-based staff work hard year-round to create and implement wholly new ventures. This is evident with the introduction of brand-new global conferences, digital resources, industry research and more.

Apply Today to Attend the HFTP Club Forum

11 May 2018
HFTP would like to cordially invite you to apply to attend the HFTP Club Forum, July 28, 2018 at the Sarasota Westin Hotel in Sarasota, FL USA. This executive-level event is designed to provide club professionals with the opportunity to connect with industry peers, share ideas and discuss hot topics. The main focus will be the Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Clubs. Attendees will suggest changes and additions for the revised version. There is no fee to attend but seating is limited. Club professionals are invited to complete the application to attend. Applicants will be notified by June 28, 2018 whether or not they are selected to attend this event.Your Registration Includes:- Complimentary registration to the HFTP Club Forum- Breakfast and lunch on July 28- Opportunities to earn CPEApplication Deadline: May 31, 2018For more information about the HFTP Club Forum: Linnet Baskett, Director of Club Engagement & Regionals, Phone: +1 (512) 220-4018. We hope to see you to Sarasota, FL USA!Event Website>

Controllers, Drive Your Professional Development: Attend CHCC 2018

9 May 2018
Club and hotel controllers: Do not miss the opportunity to get behind the wheel and take control of your own professional development. The Club and Hotel Controllers Conference (CHCC) — co-located with the world’s largest hospitality technology show HITEC® Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center — takes place next month: June 18–20, 2018.

HITEC Houston Keynote Speakers Announced, Exhibit Hall Sold Out

9 May 2018
Two authorities on operating your business in a digital-dependent world have been added to the education program for Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)'s upcoming Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC). The opening keynote presenter is Mike Walsh, a 21st century business designer, futurist, global nomad and author. The event's closing keynote is Theresa Payton, a former The White House CIO and cybersecurity authority. HITEC Houston is the second, and largest, of three HITEC events planned for 2018, and will take place from June 18-21 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas USA.On Monday, June 18, 2018, Mike Walsh will take the HITEC Houston stage from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. to discuss his topic of "Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence." Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change rather than focusing on the distant future. Walsh takes an anthropological approach scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for digital transformation. He has many clients spanning the global Fortune 500, and also founded Jupiter Research in Australia.On Thursday, June 21, 2018, Theresa Payton will take the HITEC Houston stage from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. to discuss her topic of "Hype or Reality? Your Workplace and Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things." Payton was the first female to serve as The White House chief information officer, and she was named number four on IFSEC Global's list of the world's Top 50 cybersecurity influencers in security and fire 2017. Payton is a well-respected authority on Internet security, data breaches and fraud mitigation. With real-world strategies and solutions, she helps public and private sector organizations protect their most valuable resources."The HITEC Advisory Council has planned a stellar education program for this year's event, including two reputable keynote speakers," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "Shifting gears into today's technology dependent society, both keynote speakers have extensive knowledge on how businesses and leadership can adapt into more modernized, thus successful, entities."Booth space for HITEC Houston is sold out. A waiting list is available on a first-come, first-served basis for booth space - a floor plan of the exhibit hall is available on the HITEC Houston website. HITEC is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference with over 337 companies and 887 booths occupying this year's show floor. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality technology education, led by industry peers and experts, and an unparalleled trade show showcasing the latest hospitality technology products and services. Beginning in early June 2018, HITEC Houston exhibitors will have the opportunity to select space in advance for next year's show.In addition to HITEC Houston, HFTP has several other events upcoming in 2018. HFTP Annual Convention will October 24-26 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. HITEC Dubai will take place December 5-6 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE. 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 HFTPHospitality 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. Follow HFTP on social media: Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.About HITECHospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC) is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This was the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world -took place outside of the United States. For more information about HITEC, visit www.hitec.org. Follow HITEC on social media: Facebook (@HITECconference); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Find updates on the HFTP News page, and exhibitor news on the HITEC Bytes site. HITEC event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.###

HFTP News: May 2018

8 May 2018
See what the association has been up to lately by checking out the HFTP News May 2018 newsletter. About HFTPHospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), 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(r). 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.Follow HFTP on social media: Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram(@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

HFTP Launches an Updated Your HFTP Online Account Portal

7 May 2018
HFTP is excited to annonuce that your HFTP account online portal has been updated for members and industry professionals. The online portal is mobile responsive and gives users access to a range of new and improved features. Your HFTP Account allows you to manage and track your HFTP member information. Check out this video to get started. Below are just some of the features you can access.Your ProfileUpdate your profile, add a photo and change other contact information in a few easy steps.My InvoicesKeep track of past or current invoices. View invoice details and print copies for your records.My MembershipReady to renew your membership? Now you can enroll in the new Auto Renew feature.My EventsSee upcoming events registrations as well as browse the event calendar through the Conferences & Events dropdown menu.My Education CreditOversee your education credits including any for an HFTP CHAE or CHTP certification. Add your own credits and print a transcript.My Payment InformationSecurely manage your payment options for your transactions such as for your membership or events.My GivingSupport HFTP scholarships and HFTP Helps initiatives, see your gifts and utilize the new recurring donation feature.My Communications PreferencesGo to your HFTP email preferences page and choose which news and information of interest you want to receive.My TransactionsView a detailed page of your transactions including products, event registrations, memberships, chapter memberships, open credits, gifts and downloads.The online portal renovation is part of HFTP's continued commitment to improving the online experience for its valued membership. You are invited to log in today to "Your HFTP" and explore the full spectrum of features now being offered.Questions about Your HFTP? Contact HFTP Membership Services at (800) 646-4387 or email membership@hftp.org.Watch Video>Read Blog>About HFTPHospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), 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(r). 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.Follow HFTP on social media: Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram(@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

Introducing 'Your HFTP': An Updated Online Interface for HFTP Members

7 May 2018
HFTP is excited to announce the newly updated “Your HFTP” online account portal. “Your HFTP” allows you to successfully manage your HFTP membership online. This refreshed online interface looks and feels just like the HFTP website and (better yet) is mobile-responsive.

HFTP Welcomes New Student Chapters

3 May 2018
Further expanding its global presence, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is excited to welcome the HFTP Kansas State University Student Chapter and HFTP New York University Student Chapter. Learn more about HFTP chapters>The KU chapter is currently led by the following leadership team:[?] Chapter President: Neda Shabani | Kansas State University[?] Chapter Vice President: Prasanna Kansakar | Kansas State University[?] Chapter Treasurer: Vahid Behzadan | Kansas State University[?] Chapter Secretary: Dalton Hahn | Kansas State University[?] Chapter Faculty Adviser: Arslan Munir | Kansas State UniversityThe NYU chapter is currently led by the following leadership team:[?] Chapter President: Hartanto Yuwo | New York University[?] Chapter Vice President: Harini Premnath | New York University[?] Chapter Treasurer: Xinyi Zhu | New York University[?] Chapter Secretary: Yixuan Li | New York University[?] Chapter Faculty Adviser: Recep "Richie" Karaburun | New York UniverstyVisitors and non-members are always welcome to attend upcoming chapter events. HFTP has more than 76 local chapters throughout the world. Attend chapter meetings to connect with your local network of HFTP members and share solutions with professionals in your community. Chapters provide tremendous opportunities for education and networking. Find a HFTP chapter near you and get involved today. About HFTPHospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), 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(r). 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.Follow HFTP on social media: Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram(@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

Last Chance for Startups to Apply to Compete in Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) at HITEC Houston

3 May 2018
Are you a hospitality startup? Apply to be in the largest Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) pitch competition of the year, taking place at HITEC Houston this June. Deadline to apply is May 4. Apply as a startup>E20X Houston Fast FactsPitchers will be selected from the field of applicantsOne person from each startup will pitch for four minutes to a packed session room and a panel of judges (pitch decks are allowed but no online demos or props)Each startup will also compete for the grand prize, or E20X Judge's Choice Award winner and will take home $5,000.00 USD and guaranteed spots on HITEC show floors for the next 12 monthsEach startup will also compete for the People's Choice Award, or crowd favorite, which will be selected by the HITEC attendees.Each startup will be allowed a spot on the HITEC Houston show floor in the E20X Pavilion (includes electricity, kiosk, signage, company listing on the HITEC digital floorplan and mobile app).Two full conference exhibitor registrationsExtensive promotion by HFTPNOTE: Pitching companies will be Series A or a startup; past applicants and winners are welcome to come back as long as they are considered Series A or a startup.About E20XHITEC attendees will not want to miss this opportunity to watch some of the most innovative startups the hospitality technology industry has to offer compete to bring their dreams to life! All HITEC badges, including exhibits-only badges, are encouraged to attend. Reinvigorating the hospitality technology industry, HFTP's expanding E20X program features ambitious entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a room full of HITEC attendees as well as a panel of expert judges. HFTP debuted E20X in 2015 at HITEC Austin, where it generated an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, and since has expanded the event globally at HITEC Amsterdam.Awards1) JUDGE'S AWARD: The judge's panel will determine the grand prize, or the E20X Judge's Award and will take home $5,000 USD.2) PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: HITEC Houston attendees are encouraged to attend, visit the startup's at the E20X Pavilion on the exhibit hall floor. Attendees will determine the crowd favorite, or E20X People's Startup Award, winner by voting for their favorite startup.Learn more about E20X>About HITECHospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC(r)) is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This was the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world -took place outside of the United States. For more information about HITEC, visit www.hitec.org. Follow HITEC on social media: Facebook (@HITECconference); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Find updates on the HFTP News page, and exhibitor news on the HITEC Bytes site. HITEC event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.About HFTPHospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), 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(r). 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. Follow HFTP on social media: Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

Register Now: HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference 2018

3 May 2018
HFTP invites hospitality controllers and industry experts to gather in Houston, Texas this June for two full days of hospitality-specific education that is designed to help you focus on current and emerging issues, best practices and complex challenges. Co-located with HFTP's HITEC Houston, the Club and Hotel Controller Conference (CHCC) will take place June 18-20, 2018 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas USA. CHCC attendees also get a complimentary pass to HITEC's keynote sessions, exhibits and opening party.HotelThe Club and Hotel Controllers Conference will utilize the HITEC Housing Bureau. Note: You will not be able to book a room by calling the hotel directly. Reservation deadline is May 19. ScheduleView the full CHCC schedule on the event website.RegisterView the various registration options offered to CHCC attendees. See you in Houston!CHCC website>

Call for 2018 Official Guest Bloggers - Apply Today for HITEC Houston or CHCC!

2 May 2018
Would you like to join us at one of HFTP's major events coming up this year and take advantage of its valuable education and networking opportunities -- registration complimentary of HFTP(r)? Do you have a penchant for writing and an interest in sharing your experiences? We invite you to become a guest blogger for one of these remaining events in 2018: HITEC Houston or the Club Hotel & Controllers Conference.The Benefits of BloggingHFTP Connect(r) is currently seeking hospitality industry professionals with writing experience who would like to attend an upcoming event and blog about their experiences. Become an official guest blogger for any of events you see detailed below, and receive:Complimentary Full Conference Registration. Check out the individual event websites to see all of the advantages included in each registration.Credit as the author of the blog posts with links to blogger's web site, social media accounts, etc. of their choice.Guest Blogger RequirementsMust write three blog posts related to event activities and personal experiences; relevant topics include educational sessions, social events, exhibits, speakers, awards and more. Submit your blog posts by email in a timely fashion to Briana Gilmore, HFTP communications coordinator, at Briana.Gilmore@hftp.org.One pre-conference blog postOne during-conference blog postOne post-conference blog postUpcoming Events that Need Guest BloggersHITEC HoustonJune 18-21, 2018George R. Brown Convention CenterHouston, Texas USAHITEC is the world's largest hospitality technology show that brings together the brightest minds and hottest technology from around the world to one place. It features four full days of top-notch education and three days of exhibits, where attendees can see the latest industry products and services from more than 365 companies. Deadline to apply to become a guest blogger at HITEC Houston: Friday, May 18, 2018.Club Hotel and Controllers ConferenceJune 18-20, 2018George R. Brown Convention CenterHouston, Texas USACo-located with HITEC Houston, the Club Hotel and Controllers Conference (CHCC) features two full days of industry-specific education designed to help hospitality controllers and industry experts focus on current and emerging issues, best practices and complex challenges. Deadline to apply to become a guest blogger at CHCC: Friday, May 18, 2018Important Blogging GuidelinesEach blog post should be about 500 words.The blog posts must be original content, written by the blogger.If you have your own blog, you may repost the content after it is posted on HFTP Connect (with a disclaimer and link that indicates the blog post was originally posted on HFTP Connect).Qualified official bloggers are professionals employed by hotels, resorts, casinos, clubs and consulting firms and/or a current tradeshow exhibiting company. Non-exhibiting vendors do not qualify.Official blogger considerations are subject to approval by HFTP, to ensure qualifications are met.Not everyone that applies will get picked.Postings may not involve information that could give rise to a claim for a violation of the antitrust laws. Specifically, messages are not to involve the following: 1) prices, credit terms or other terms of sale, or what constitutes a "fair" profit level; 2) individual costs, capacity, inventory or sales; 3) individual distribution or marketing information, including territories, customers and suppliers; 4) complaints or disparagement about individual firms, or other actions that might tend to hinder a competitor in any market; or 5) any other unreasonable limitation on competition.Postings should not include product or service sales pitches or recommendations.Blogger agrees to HFTP Blog's Terms of UseOther Items Worth NotingYou do NOT have to be a professional blogger; however, you should have adequate writing skills and an interest in sharing your event experiences and insights.If you become a guest blogger but fail to meet the requirements listed above, you will be charged for your event registration.We are happy to help you secure your hotel reservation; however, you will be responsible for room, tax and incidentals.We will also give you our support to help you in your writing duties, including guidance on interesting blog topics, a thorough in-house review and more.Get Started TodayIf you are interested, please send a brief description on why you would make a good guest blogger, along with any writing samples to Briana Gilmore, HFTP communications coordinator, at Briana.Gilmore@hftp.org.

HITEC Houston Early Registration Closes May 11, 2018

2 May 2018
Enjoy discount prices for HFTP's largest event of the year - HITEC Houston 2018 taking place June 18-21 in Houston, Texas USA - before prices go up on May 11! View the different registration types offered. Register here> #HITECtxAbout HITECHospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC(r)) is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This was the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world -took place outside of the United States. For more information about HITEC, visit www.hitec.org. Follow HITEC on social media: Facebook (@HITECconference); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Find updates on the HFTP News page, and exhibitor news on the HITEC Bytes site. HITEC event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.About HFTPHospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), 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(r). 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.Follow HFTP on social media: Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

HITEC Houston Keynote Speakers Announced

30 April 2018
Have you seen the lineup of keynote speakers for #HITECtx this June? To bookend Houston are two authorities on operating your business in a digital-dependent world. The Opening Keynote presenter is Mike Walsh, a 21st century business designer, futurist, global nomad and author. And to close is former The White House CIO and cybersecurity authority Theresa Payton.Learn More>

HFTP Chapter Events: May 2018

30 April 2018
Check out the upcoming HFTP chapter event calendar for May. Click here to view the upcoming events.HFTP has more than 76 local chapters throughout the world. Attend chapter meetings to connect with your local network of HFTP members and share solutions with professionals in your community. Chapters provide tremendous opportunities for education and networking. Find a HFTP chapter and get involved today. MoreHFTP chapters offer several opportunities for involvement and leadership, from officers and committee members to volunteers. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. MoreHFTP offers chapter leaders chapter specific online webinars through a series of education training webinars. MoreLearn more about HFTP chapters>Find a chapter near you>

HFTP Welcomes New Members from Fairmont

30 April 2018
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) welcomes new members from Fairmont. HFTP offers two certification programs that are globally recognized for setting industry standards for hospitality finance and technology professionals: Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) and Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)). The new HFTP members from Fairmont, listed below, are also working on their CHAE designation, demonstrating their skills as finance experts in hospitality. The following new members include:[?] Leonard Apostol | Novotel New York[?] Pin Bains | Fairmont Vancouver Airport (Canada)[?] Brent Brady | Fairmont Hamilton (Bermuda)[?] Jeff Campbell | Fairmont Olympic (Seattle)[?] Horace Campbell | Sofitel Washington D.C.[?] Darshana Dave | Sofitel New York[?] John Davis | Sofitel New York[?] Glen Gumbs | Fairmont Jasper Lodge (Calgary, Alberta)[?] Zack Hertel | Fairmont Pittsgburgh[?] Luke Hudson | Fairmont Toronto Ontario[?] Nancy Laramee | Sofitel Montreal (Quebec)[?] Pascale LeBrasseur | Moncton Newbrunswick (Canada)[?] Isabelle Mathieu | Fairmont Laurier (Ottawa, Ontario)[?] Christine Mikkelsen | Fairmont San Francisco[?] Martin Milton | Fairmont Macdonald (Edmonton, Alberta)[?] Terry Murray | Fairmont Chicago[?] Bao Phung | Fairmont Empress (Victoria British Columbia - Canada)[?] Regiane Queija | Fairmont Mexico[?] Sharouq Shahzad | Fairmont Toronto Ontario[?] Alison Skoglund | Fairmont Sonoma Mission & Inn (California)[?] Kaven Sousa-Dias | Fairmont Pacific Rim (Vancouver British Columbia)[?] Michel Van der Elst | Fairmont Southampton (Bermuda)[?] Danny Winegar | Fairmont Scottsdale (Arizona)Last year, HFTP's certification programs were named a requirement for information technology and accounting employees at Rosewood Hotel Group, Two Roads Hospitality and Accorhotels Group - which operate Fairmont branded hotels. Accorhotels Group followed suit with Rosewood and Two Roads Hospitality by not only having their employees become a member of HFTP, but also requiring their group to become CHAE certified. In 2016, Rosewood Hotel Group set the requirement for its information technology staff to become CHTP certified - this was the first group certification HFTP coordinated.HFTP offers the only designations for finance and technology professionals who are working in the hospitality industry. Both the CHAE and CHTP designations require professionals to sit for an initial competency exam, and complete continuing education credits for each renewal cycle. Qualification for the exams is based on level of education and experience in the hospitality industry; student programs are also available.For more information about HFTP's certification programs, contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at robin.bogdon@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org. For immediate information, visit the FAQ pages for both CHTP and CHAE certifications.About HFTPHospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), 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(r). 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. Follow HFTP on social media: Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

Paycheck Checkup: The IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Review Withholdings

30 April 2018
April 17, 2018: Tax day in the United States has come and gone. Individual taxpayers have filed all of their paperwork, and have either paid up the amount owed to the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or deposited their refunds in their bank accounts. Now that the 2018 tax year is in the rear view mirror for the majority, at least those that did not file an extension, we must look forward to the next tax day in 2019 — April 15.

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