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Introducing HFTP's 2018-2019 Global Board

11 July 2018
HFTP is pleased to announce the official slate for the 2018–2019 Global Board of Directors. Each year, the nominating committee — comprised of past HFTP Global past presidents, advisory council chairs and chapter presidents — is tasked with selecting HFTP members to replace the outgoing directors of the HFTP Global Board.

HFTP to Host Inaugural, Invitation-Only Club Forum in Sarasota, Florida This Month

11 July 2018
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is hosting its inaugural HFTP Club Forum on July 28, 2018 at the Sarasota Westin in Sarasota, Florida USA - immediately following HFTP's Florida Regional Conference that is taking place from July 25-27, 2018 at the same location. HFTP's Club Forum is an executive-level event designed to provide club professionals with the opportunity to connect with industry peers, share ideas and discuss hot topics.The invitation-only event will be facilitated by Dr. Larry Ross, emeritus professor and former Anne and Bill France Distinguished Professor of Business in the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. The focus of this year's event is the Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Clubs. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses, as well as, suggest changes and additions for the upcoming revised version."HFTP is excited to host this executive-level event for club professionals," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "Designed with intent to explore pressing industry issues, the HFTP Club Forum will serve as another great networking and educational opportunity for its club attendees."Attendees will be able to earn up to eight hours of continuing education credits at the HFTP Club Forum - a link for the CPE reporting will be provided at the conference.Online registration is open for the HFTP Florida Regional Conference, which precedes the HFTP Club Forum. HFTP is no longer accepting applications to register to attend the HFTP Club Forum. In addition, HFTP has several upcoming events. The HFTP Annual Convention is October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. HITEC Dubai will take place December 5-6 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE. And HITEC Europe is April 10-11, 2019 at Palau de Congressos in Palma (Mallorca) Spain. HITEC Minneapolis is June 17-20, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.For additional information about HFTP Club Forum, contact Linnet Baskett, director of club engagement & regionals at HFTP. 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.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.###

The Legacy of a Departing Colleague - Tanya Venegas

10 July 2018
When it comes to hospitality research, there is ordinary, and then there is Tanya Venegas. Tanya started as a teaching assistant working for the University of Houston in 2002. She was assigned to the HFTP Research Center which was founded as part of HFTP’s initiative to provide the hospitality industry with the highest quality resources and research.

HFTP Webinar Schedule: July 2018

10 July 2018
HFTP upcoming webinars for July 2018. Click here to visit the HFTP webinar web page.July 10, 2018Asia-focused: Effective Employment Engagement9:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDTA higher level of engagement with employees equals greater productivity in the workplace. Attend this workshop for a better understanding of employee engagement and its importance at a deeper level. Gain the skills and knowledge to manage employees and bring out the best in their teams. Finally, discover the communication and motivation methods that work best with employees.Andrew Chan, MBA is founder and CEO of ACI HR Solutions (ACI). He is responsible for the firm's operations and strategic direction.July 11, 2018Asia-focused: Effective Employment Engagement 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM HKTA higher level of engagement with employees equals greater productivity in the workplace. Attend this workshop for a better understanding of employee engagement and its importance at a deeper level. Gain the skills and knowledge to manage employees and bring out the best in their teams. Finally, discover the communication and motivation methods that work best with employees.Andrew Chan, MBA is founder and CEO of ACI HR Solutions (ACI). He is responsible for the firm's operations and strategic direction.July 18, 2018Introduction to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies10:00AM - 11:00 AM CDTAttend this session to learn the basics of Blockchain, and how distributed ledger technologies may be used to increase efficiency and solve business problems associated with data privacy, security and information sharing. Both technical and non-technical members will benefit from a simple overview of related terminology and network architecture. This presentation is intended for anyone who is interested in alleviating the overwhelming feelings created by a constant barrage of information on this topic -- so that you may participate confidently in future business application discussions with vendors, solution providers and other business stakeholders.Paul West has a 30-year history of versatile international and domestic experience in directing hardware, software, development, communications, client services, vendor management, project management and IT implementations for the hospitality industry.Learn More>

HFTP Accepting Nominations for 2018 Paragon Award

10 July 2018
HFTP is looking for Paragon Award nominees! Deadline is August 10, 2018. In 1999, HFTP established the annual, prestigious Paragon Award to recognize individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to both HFTP and the hospitality industry. Paragon Award nominees can be HFTP members; representatives of industry-related associations, societies, or trade publications; or leaders from hospitality businesses, educational institutions, and other related disciplines. A panel of industry experts selects the award winner who will be recognized at HFTP's Annual Convention & Tradeshow in October. The nomination and selection process begins in the summer of each year. For more information on the Paragon Award, contact Eliza Selig at +1 (512) 249-5333 or (800) 646-4387.Download the Nomination formVisit the Paragon Award website

New CHAE and CHTP Designees: June 2018

10 July 2018
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) and Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP). Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New DesigneesKaren Blinkhorn, CHAE * Controller * Marrietta Country Club * USABrett D. Connor, CHAE * Director of Finance & Business Support * Fairmont San Jose * USANishma Patel, CHAE * Director of Finance * Grizzly Hospitality * USAMatthew Schupbach, CHAE * Assistant CFO * Dimension * USAJoe Deffert, CHTP * Director of IT * Shulte Hospitality * USAShareef Fahmy, CHAE, CHTP * Assistant Director of Finance * USAHalle Johnson, CHTP * Sr. IT Technician * Jumby Bay Island * CARRIBBEANThomas Powell, CHTP * Principal * DataTrend * 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>New Certification Advisory Program (CAP)HFTP is launching an inaugural program designed to assist CHAE and CHTP certification applicants in achieving their HFTP certification designation. The NEW Certification Advisory 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.

Meet HFTP's Newest Chartered Chapters

10 July 2018
Chapters provide a wide array of benefits to an association’s membership — not the least of which is the collaborative building of knowledge and camaraderie among local and like-minded industry professionals.

Letter from the HFTP Global President: Budgeting and Planning are Integral to Success

9 July 2018
HITEC Houston, which attracted HFTP’s largest event attendance in history, may now be behind us but the year is far from over. At the end of this month on July 28 is the new Club Forum in Sarasota, Florida USA. Annual Convention is approaching quickly, taking place October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. And, capping off the 2018 events calendar is HITEC Dubai, which will be held December 5-6, 2018 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE.

A Few of My Favorite (HITEC) Things

29 June 2018
It is hard to believe that HITEC is over. If you had the chance to read my pre-HITEC blog, you might recall that I was fretting about being ready for HITEC. Now that it is over, I cannot believe how fast it went by. HITEC this year was a great show for me — and I am going to imagine for a lot of others as well.

Insight on HFTP's Largest HITEC in History - Content and Reporting from HITEC Houston

29 June 2018
Last week HFTP hosted the largest HITEC in the event’s 46-year history. Taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas USA, the over 6,650 attendees had access to four days of industry-specific education in a variety of formats, an exhibit hall featuring over 380 companies, and numerous social events and parties, beginning with the Opening Party presented by Samsung and HFTP at the House of Blues. Just that sentence alone presents an overwhelming summary of activity crammed into four days. Imagine being there and maximizing what you could take-away from such a wide-ranging program. It is difficult to do.

Club & Hotel Controllers Conference 2018: Count me in for 2019!

28 June 2018
The Club & Hotel Controllers Conference was my first HFTP event, and I can assure you, it will not be my last! Each person involved in it went above and beyond to make sure everything from registration onward ran smoothly. Staff members and volunteers were welcoming and helpful, and the venue was perfectly signaled so that there was no trouble finding the allocated rooms for the sessions — and believe me, given the size of the George R. Brown Convention Center, this is not an easy feat!

Being a Service Critic is in my DNA

28 June 2018
Being in the hospitality industry, we are a little more critical than the rest of the population when we experience issues as a guest at a hotel. At the same time, I believe we can also be exceedingly complimentary when our guest experience goes above and beyond our typical expectations, as we know how much work staff puts in to make a guest’s stay memorable. When issues do arise, it is all about recovery and what staff does or does not do that drives the result in either direction. There were solutions at HITEC that certainly showcased several examples of how we can track and respond to situations with our guests.

Remember HITEC Houston?

27 June 2018
Written By Kara Heermans, HITEC Guest Blogger - I hope you have not forgotten the excitement of HITEC® Houston already — but I know how quickly returning to a large inbox and a pile of to-do items can cast aside your intentions for all those good ideas garnered from the conference. While it is tempting to throw a couple new pens in your desk drawer, entertain your kids with the blinking fidget spinners, and let the stack of business cards start to gather dust until HITEC next year… DON’T!

HITEC: Where You Can Learn, Network and Have Fun

26 June 2018
It was my first HITEC. I ensure it will not be the ONLY one. I am surprised by how much I learned and gained from attending this event. I am also impressed by how organized this event was, especially considering the size of the conference.

Announcing the HFTP 2018-2019 HFTP Global Board of Directors Slate

25 June 2018
This past May, the HFTP nominating committee -- comprising past HFTP Global past presidents, advisory council chairs and chapter presidents -- were tasked with selecting HFTP members who would replace the outgoing directors of the HFTP Global Board. After a long day of interviews, the nominating committee was able to narrow down their choices. Here is the official slate for the 2018-2019 HFTP Global Executive Committee and Board of Directors.Executive CommitteeHFTP Global President Scot Campbell, CHTP, CTO at North American Concerts, Live NationHFTP Global Vice President Michael Levie, CHTP, CEO at citizenMHFTP Global Treasurer Mark Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBA, assistant controller & IT director at Highpointe Hotel CorporationHFTP Global Secretary Neil Foster, CHTP, MBA, IT consultant at Tech-Tonic Hospitality SolutionsHFTP Global Immediate Past President Timothy Nauss, CHAE, CFO at Macao Studio CityNew HFTP Global DirectorsHFTP Global Director Jill Burnett, CHAE, CPA, controller at Medalist Golf ClubHFTP Global Director Toni Bau, director of finance at Portola Hotel and SpaHFTP Global Director Mark Fancourt, industry technologistHFTP Global Director Carson Booth, CHTP, CEO at SnapShot GmbHHFTP Global Director Stephanie Anderson, CHAE, CPA, CGMA, CFO at River Bend Golf & Country ClubIn accordance with Article X, Section 3, of the bylaws, should the slate above remain uncontested, the HFTP Secretary will cast a single ballot at the HFTP Annual Business Meeting at Annual Convention in Louisville, Kentucky USA. The secretary will then declare the mentioned individuals as duly elected.

HITEC Houston Makes History as HFTP's Highest Attended Event in 65+ Years

22 June 2018
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is pleased to announce that HITEC Houston broke barriers this week as the highest attended event in the association's history with over 6,650 attendees. Produced yearly by HFTP, Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) showcases the industry's latest innovations, and provides a top-notch education program for attendees. HITEC Houston took place from June 18-21, 2018 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas USA.HITEC Houston featured over 120 speakers, including futurist Mike Walsh and data security expert Theresa Payton as the keynote speakers. The daily education sessions addressed trending topics including: data security, IT initiatives, sustainability and CSR, AI, leadership development, blockchain, millennials reshaping the industry and more. The Houston exhibit floor featured 397 exhibitors showcasing the latest in hospitality technology products and services. An impressive 47 registered press members were in attendance covering the event."Thank you to everyone who helped make HITEC Houston a huge success," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "HITEC Houston was not only the highest attended HITEC conference to date, but it was also the highest attended overall conference in HFTP's 65-year history. HFTP looks forward to continuing to serve the hospitality technology community in years to come. See you next year in Minneapolis!"The Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) Houston innovation competition for hospitality startups featured 16 startups, an expert panel of six judges and 16 industry mentors who coached the entrepreneurs before their four-minute pitch. Reply.ai won the E20X Judge's Award grand prize of $5,000 USD, and Beekeeper was chosen by conference attendees - via the HFTP Multi-event app - as the E20X People's Choice Award winner. The HITEC Houston Opening Party, presented by Samsung and HFTP, featured multi-platinum rapper Flo Rida and took place at the famous House of Blues Houston.Three hospitality technology industry leaders were recognized and awarded at HITEC Houston: 2018 HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame recipients Tammy Farley and Jing Zhu; and 2018 CHTP of the Year recipient Sean Van Dyke, CHTP. HFTP also hosted its annual HITEC Helps social responsibility project during HITEC Houston, and raised funds for local nonprofit Compudopt - who provides technology access and education to underserved youth.Attendees with access to the HFTP Multi-event app can use it to refer back to the attendee list and exhibitors to follow-up on the event. HITEC Minneapolis is June 17-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. In addition, HFTP has several other coming events. The HFTP Annual Convention is 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. And HITEC Europe is April 10-11 at Palau de Congressos in Palma (Mallorca) Spain. 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 North America, HFTP expanded HITEC in 2017 with two additional events outside: one in Europe and the other in Dubai. 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.###

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