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Schedule your HFTP Helps Blood Donation Appointment by October 20, 2017

8 hrs
Your help is greatly needed to assist with the recovery efforts of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as the Las Vegas tragedy. Register by **Friday, October 20, 2017** to secure your place in the Big Red Bus to donate blood while at HFTP Annual Convention next week. HFTP will monitor the participation level and may open additional opportunities to donate. For more information or questions on donating blood to OneBlood please contact Joel Jongco at joel.jongco@oneblood.org.Schedule your HFTP Helps Blood Donation Appointment>Learn more about HFTP Helps 2017>#HFTP65

Donate to HFTP Helps 2017 Silent Auction to Support Children's Charity, Camp Boggy Creek

9 hrs
It is not too late to help HFTP raise money for an amazing children's charity near Orlando, Florida USA: Camp Boggy Creek. The camp offers children with serious illnesses and their families a free, safe and medically-sound environment. There is still time to donate an item for the HFTP Helps 2017 silent auction such as gift cards, hotel stays and more. 100 percent of the proceeds will directly benefit the camp. HFTP Helps 2017 will take place next week at HFTP's Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida USA.More information: http://bit.ly/HFTPHelps #HFTP65

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: October 2017 (Part 2)

10 hrs
HFTP has over 80 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, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events for October 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.October 17, 2017HFTP Greater Austin Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Central Texas Food BankVolunteer NightClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 18, 2017HFTP Greater Milwaukee Chapter (USA)4:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Ozaukee Country ClubActive Shooter PresentationClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP San Diego Chapter (USA)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Grande ColonialLuncheon with Lori WeisbertClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP New York City Chapter (USA)5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | The Cornell Club of New YorkKey Revenue Management StrategiesClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Maryland Chapter (USA)12:00 - 1:00 PM | The Elkridge ClubOctober Lunch MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP British Columbia Chapter (CANADA)3:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Coast Plaza HotelMember Appreciation MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 19, 2017HFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter (USA)4:30 - 7:00 p.m. | The Acorn ClubHospitality Insurance Decision MakingClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter (USA)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Metropolitan ClubOctober MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 21, 2017HFTP Florida Gold Coast Chapter (USA)6:00 - 10:00 p.m. | PGA National Resort & SpaChapter Board Installation Dinner & DanceClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 25-27, 2017HFTP Annual Convention (Event)Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate | #HFTP65HFTP Annual Convention: 65-year CelebrationClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 26, 2017HFTP Orange County Chapter (USA)5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Wyndham Anaheim-Garden GroveHow You Can Create a Financially Engaged Leadership Team in Your HotelClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 28, 2017HFTP Valley of the Sun Chapter (USA)10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Sojourner CenterVolunteer opportunity to assist The Sojourner CenterClick here for further details and RSVPLearn More about HFTP Chapters>

Congratulations to the New Certification Designees

17 October 2017
Congratulations to Veronica Gagnon, controller at Tequesta Country Club, for passing the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) exam last month in September. Why 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>About HFTP CertificationsHFTP administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)) 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).Learn More>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.

Join HFTP by 10/14/17 and Save on HFTP Membership for New Members

13 October 2017
*REMINDER* HFTP's 65th anniversary membership offer ends tomorrow. New members can join today and save. Learn more: http://bit.ly/HFTPMembership #HFTP65

HFTP Helps 2017 -- Supporting Camp Boggy Creek

11 October 2017
HFTP Helps will have a putting green, during exhibit hours, at HFTP's Annual Convention this month. For $20 USD you will be given the chance to make three putts. For each putt made, you will be given a form to enter in a drawing to win an Oculus Rift to benefit Camp Boggy Creek.Learn more: http://ht.ly/MEjf30fO7EP#HFTP65

October and November Upcoming Webinars

10 October 2017
Register now for the upcoming HFTP webinars. ProLinks webinars are offered throughout the year at no cost to HFTP members (excluding the HFTP Digital Learning Days). The nonmember registration fee is $50.00 USD. Learn More>October 12, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 PM CSTChapter Leadership Series: Charting a Strong Chapter - Best Practices of PlanningTrevor Mitchell, CAE is senior director of membership and strategy at American Mensa, LTD.Join us to learn how planning a year of chapter activities in advance creates dynamic programming for chapters. During this webinar you will learn:General information on the importance of planning program in advance;Assessing the education needs of members;Identifying topics and speakersIncorporating association certification program promotion;Offering a member recruitment event;A good balance of education and social engagementsPartnering with other associations to offer more attractive speakersREGISTER NOW>November 14, 2017 | 10:00-11:00 AM CSTMicrosoft Office 365: Opportunities and Solutions for Your Hospitality BusinessNoorez Khamis is a solutions architect at ReyJen Inc.Are you up-to-date on the latest and greatest offerings from Microsoft to improve your business? Do you know how Microsoft can help you with your Board and department heads? Microsoft Office 365, and all the great technological advances, make it easy to navigate the cloud, and also give you features to operate more effectively and efficiently in your hospitality business.REGISTER NOW>Contact the HFTP Meetings and Event Department for more information: Mary Vargas by email or phone +1 (512) 220-4027.

Introducing our Guest Bloggers for Annual Convention

10 October 2017
We have selected our guest bloggers for the 2017 Annual Convention, and they are ready to begin sharing their stories and event experiences with you. The convention will take place October 25-27 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Florida.

Revenue Optimization: Driving the Bottom Line

5 October 2017
In today’s competitive world, a great management team focuses on optimizing revenue in every department — including rooms, spa, ski, golf, ticketing, food and beverage, and retail. Where is the additional revenue going to come from? You need to track the success of upselling, promotions, cover charges and more. In addition to maximizing revenue, it is also crucial to control costs, from monitoring fixed expenses to labor costs. At the end of the day, accurately tracking data throughout all areas is a necessity.

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: October 2017

3 October 2017
HFTP has over 80 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, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events for October 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.October 11, 2017HFTP Long Island Chapter (USA)8:30 - 10:30 a.m. | North Shore Country ClubBreakfast Meeting with HFTP Global COO Lucinda Hart, MBA, CAEClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP New England Chapter (USA)6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Seaport HotelOutlook 2018: Projections of the Boston Hotel IndustryClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 12, 2017HFTP Webinar (Online Event)2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST| OnlineChapter Leadership Series: Charting a Strong Chapter - Best Practices of PlanningClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Ohio Valley Chapter (USA)4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Nationwide Hotel & Conference CenterBoard and Chapter MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 13, 2017HFTP Northern California Chapter (USA)TBA | SyscoChapter MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 15, 2017HFTP New York City Chapter (USA)TBA | Riverside ParkCaringKind Alzheimer's WalkClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 17, 2017HFTP Greater Austin Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Central Texas Food BankVolunteer NightClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 18, 2017HFTP Greater Milwaukee Chapter (USA)TBD | Ozaukee Country ClubOctober MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 19, 2017HFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter (USA)TBD | Acorn ClubHospitality Insurance Decision MakingClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter (USA)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Metropolitan ClubOctober MeetingClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 20, 2017HFTP Southern Alberta Chapter (Canada)6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Delta Kananaskis LodgePCI - What is Required by the Business TodayOctober 25-27, 2017HFTP Annual Convention (Event)Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate | #HFTP65HFTP Annual Convention: 65-year CelebrationClick here for further details and RSVPOctober 26, 2017HFTP Orange County Chapter (USA)5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Wyndham Anaheim-Garden GroveHow You Can Create a Financially Engaged Leadership Team in Your HotelClick here for further details and RSVPLearn More about HFTP Chapters>

Tuxedo Rental Information for Annual Convention 2017

3 October 2017
Tuxedos can be rented for the HFTP Annual Tribute to Success, taking place on Friday night at HFTP Annual Convention 2017, from Carolyn Allen's Bridals & Tuxedos. Orders should be placed online by October 14, 2017. A representative will be available at the hotel for fittings on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Riviera Room at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Championsgate, Florida USA. Carolyn Allen's Bridals & Tuxedos+1 (407) 238-2722info@carolynallens.comGroup Name: HFTP Annual ConventionOnline Order Form*Tuxedos should be returned to the hotel concierge by noon on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Table Top Exhibit Space Sold Out for HFTP Annual Convention 2017

3 October 2017
HFTP is pleased to announce table top exhibit space for the 2017 HFTP Annual Convention is sold out, with 30 organizations participating. HFTP has changed the event's vendor interaction to allow attendees to meet with vendors in a new table top format at the Annual Convention, scheduled for October 25-27, 2017 at Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Championsgate, Florida USA. Online registration is open for Annual Convention 2017."For 65 years at the HFTP Annual Convention, the association has provided an opportunity for hospitality finance, and later technology, professionals to learn and explore the tools available to help us be successful in our professions," said Frank Wolfe, HFTP CEO. "The table top exhibits complement that goal, presenting to attendees products and services dedicated to the hospitality industry. The full house only serves to present a good representation of what is on offer."The exhibits will be open during the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., as well as the following Thursday morning beverage breaks and luncheon - providing exhibitors with ample time to network with attendees. Visit the Annual Convention page on the HFTP website for complete information about all conference events, including the program schedule, hotel and travel details and more.Annual Convention also offers multiple sponsorship and advertising opportunities for companies to participate in the event even after exhibit space is sold out. The available branding packages will allow companies to increase impressions and engagement among attendees before and after Annual Convention. For more information about branding packages or sponsorship opportunities, please contact HFTP Director of Exhibits Paula Lerash, CEM at paula.lerash@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org.Annual Convention 2018 is slated for October 24-27 at the new Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. For more information about HFTP's Annual Convention and other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org. For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

HFTP Supports Las Vegas, Center of Hospitality

2 October 2017
One of the world's greatest hospitality capitals suffered a tragic attack on October 1, 2017 that has broken our hearts. Hospitality Financial and Technology Professional (HFTP) stands ready to provide support to assist the victims, their families and the hospitality community of Las Vegas. HFTP is currently evaluating what the association can do that will be the most supportive of their needs. Until that time, HFTP offers thoughts and wishes for the best recovery possible from this tragedy.

Send Photos to be Featured in the HFTP Anniversary Timeline

28 September 2017
HFTP is celebrating 65 years at Annual Convention this October! As part of the celebration, we wish to create an online photo timeline. Do you have a favorite photograph, or several, of an HFTP event? Or member(s)? Or Chapter event? Really any photograph that reminds you of HFTP would be considered. And of course, the further it goes back, the better. Rummage through the photo albums and online photo accounts and send us your pictures. A few reminders on photograph requirements:Must be HFTP relatedPreferred file type is JPG (also accepted PNG, BMP)Please send the highest quality version availableAll photographs will be reviewed for submission before publishing. Only one photograph may be submitted at a time through this form. If you have multiple photos you would like to be considered, send your request to Eliza Selig at eliza.selig@hftp.org to make arrangements for upload.SUBMIT PHOTOS>PREVIEW TIMELINE>

Are You Ready for the New Revenue Recognition Accounting Standards?

27 September 2017
Revenue recognition standards have been converged and are now changing for both IFRS (IFRS 15) and US GAAP (ASC 606-10) beginning in 2018. US GAAP will allow non-public companies to transition beginning in 2019. After receiving input from the HFTP Hotel Advisory Council, the American Hotel & Lodging Association Financial Management Committee recently issued an article published on Hotel News Now on the change to US GAAP:

Meet the HFTP HDPO Task Force

27 September 2017
As hospitality companies conducting business in Europe prepare to make operational changes to conform with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), HFTP has put together the HFTP HDPO Task Force that will prepare resources for the industry. With a team of 23 experts, HFTP will build a program that demonstrates an individual's competency for the position within a hospitality company.HDPO Task Force chairman Alvaro Hidalgo, managing partner with FIRSTLOGIC Consulting based in Spain, has outlined the objectives for the group in the months leading up to the May compliance deadline, detailed in the post on the HFTP Connect blog, "HFTP Hospitality DPO Task Force Outlines Objectives as Industry Prepares for GDPR May 2018 Deadline."HFTP HDPO Task ForceChairman Alvaro Hidalgo, managing partner at FIRSTLOGIC Consulting (SPAIN)Nigel Allport, vice president - EMEA & APAC at Digital Alchemy CRM (UK)Ken Bailey, managing director - public sector at Fortalice Solutions (USA)Sjoerd Blum, CIO at Schiphol (NETHERLANDS)Stephen Carter, OBE, general manager at Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa (UK)Dennis Collet, CEO at NextRound Ltd and COO at Kaiser Advisory ltd (UK)Luis del Olmo Pinero, presidente-chairman at Idiso (SPAIN)Richard Harrington, director of finance and luxury at Splendid Hospitality (UK)Daniel Johnson, COO at VENZA, Inc. (USA)Timo E. Kettern, director of IT at Lapithus Hotel Management GmbH (GERMANY)Dr. Dennis-Kenji Kipker, research managing director at Universitat Bremen (GERMANY)Jose Medio, CIPP/us, CIPP/E, managing director at Privalis Group (USA)Ian Millar, CHTP, professeur IT at Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne (SWITZERLAND)Benny Nur, technical services director at Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts (UK)Tara O'Neill, CFO at Jamie Oliver Group (UK)Sophie Pommois, project director - global distribution at Global Hotel Alliance (SWITZERLAND)Stephanie Timsit, director of finance at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park (UK)Rajesh Vohra, director at Sarova Hotels, Ltd. (UK)James Wright, vice president of IT Field Services - EMEA at Hilton Worldwide (UAE)Oguz Can Yildirim, CHTP, associate director of info risk mgmt, EAME at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (BELGIUM)Staff Liaison Frank I. Wolfe, CEO at HFTP (USA)Staff Liaison Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA, COO at HFTP (USA)Staff Liaison Carl Weldon, FIH FHOSPA, COO Europe at HFTP (UK)Learn More>

OpenTravel to Host First Team-Based Challenge at Advisory Forum Next Month

27 September 2017
OpenTravel Alliance (OpenTravel) will host its first team-based challenge next month on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. EST at the OpenTravel Advisory Forum - early bird registration rates and housing reservations are still available through this week. The Evolution of Connectivity in the Travel Industry challenge will evolve OpenTravel's ability to respond to disruption and innovation in technology. Teams, or individuals, of industry participants will recognize problems in the travel industry, and compete to propose innovative solutions to a panel of judges using OpenTravel standards. Mentors will also be available throughout the challenge to provide guidance and direction to participating teams.The OpenTravel Challenge will be moderated by Co-founder and former Tnooz CEO Gene Quinn, keynote speaker at the Forum. Quinn is a pioneer in digital media, technology and financial services and e-commerce. He has been a private investor, adviser and chairman to public and private companies in travel, media, marketing, financial services and web technology. Quinn was the first Senior Vice President of Online and Interactive at MTV Networks, home of Viacom's global entertainment brands MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and TVLand.Challenge contributors include all registered participants from project managers to developers, innovators, designers, business developers, marketers, revenue managers and more. Interdisciplinary and cross-functional teams will foster innovation and generate winning ideas. Participating teams can be self-formed prior to the event, or formed on-site. A selected team spokesperson will have five minutes to present the group's findings to the panel of judges. Presentations may take any form, i.e. coded application, mock-up prototype, story board, etc. Resources such as white boards, flipcharts, WiFi, stationery, and a projector will be available for participants to use."OpenTravel is excited to host its first interactive Challenge at this year's Advisory Forum in Florida next month," said OpenTravel CEO Mike Tinkey. "Industry activists will have the opportunity to collaborate and influence the direction of OpenTravel and its integral role in the travel distribution ecosystem."The judge's panel will consist of 2017 Advisory Forum keynote speakers, other selected speakers and industry leaders. Prizes will be made available to the first place team; the second and third place teams will also be recognized. The criteria for judging will be based upon the solution's likelihood to be adopted/implemented by a mass of travel participants, ability to solve a "pain point" in distribution, cost effectiveness, efficiency and interoperability. It should also be a driver for membership and participation in OpenTravel Workgroups and Project Teams.The 2017 OpenTravel Advisory Forum will take place from October 23-25 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in ChampionsGate, Florida USA. The event will be co-located, overlapping one day, with Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals' (HFTP) 2017 Annual Convention, running October 25-27. For more information on OpenTravel Alliance's 2.0 Standards or the OpenTravel Challenge, please contact Sandy Angel (Sandy.Angel@Opentravel.org) of OpenTravel Alliance.About OpenTravel AllianceOpenTravel Alliance is passionate about solving the problems inherent with connecting multiple systems within the complex travel distribution arena. Our mission is to enable the future of travel by driving the evolving digital experience for consumers. OpenTravel Alliance creates, expands and drives adoption of open specifications, including but not limited to the use of XML, for the electronic exchange of business information among all sectors of the travel industry.OpenTravel Alliance is comprised of companies representing airlines, car rental firms, hotels, cruise lines, railways, leisure suppliers, service providers, tour operators, travel agencies, solutions providers, technology companies and distributors. Tens of thousands of OpenTravel Alliance message structures are in use, carrying tens of millions of messages between trading partners every day.OpenTravel Alliance is a not-for-profit trade association, founded in 1999 by travel companies, with a primary focus on the creation of electronic message structures to facilitate communication between the disparate systems in the global travel industry. For more information on OpenTravel Alliance membership, new products, or projects, please visit http://www.opentravel.org or email info@opentravel.org.

2017 HFTP Chapter of the Year Award Winners

26 September 2017
Congratulations to the 2017 HFTP Chapter of the Year winners, and 2017 HFTP Student Chapter of the Year winner. The HFTP Chapter of the Year Awards recognize chapters that further the goals of HFTP by providing quality educational and professional opportunities to their members, along with involvement in the local community. The HFTP Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes student chapters on their achievements throughout a given year. The following chapters will be honored at HFTP's 2017 Annual Convention in ChampionsGate, Florida USA next month.2017 HFTP Chapters of the YearTier A (1-35) - Southern Alberta ChapterTier B (36-70) - Florida Mansota ChapterTier C (71+) - Mid-Florida Chapter2017 HFTP Student Chapter of the YearStudent Chapter: San Jose State University Student ChapterProceduresChapter of the Year CriteriaChapter of the Year Scorecard (Sample)Student Chapter of the Year CriteriaStudent Chapter of the Year ScorecardStay UpdatedFor the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. Click here to find out more information on HFTP chapters.

HFTP Announces 2017 Paragon Award Recipient

21 September 2017
Mary Gerdts was selected as the 2017 Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) Paragon Award recipient for her unwavering support of the association, and substantial contributions to increase knowledge sharing and promote growth in the hospitality industry at large. Gerdts will be honored next month during HFTP's 2017 Annual Convention held at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in ChamptionsGate, Florida USA.Based in Phoenix, Arizona USA, Gerdts is the founder, CEO and president of two companies in the electronic transactions industry: POST Integrations Inc. and EboCom, LLC. Her visionary leadership in business, innovation and technology led to her to be nominated for Forbes' "Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs."Gerdts has worked in the hospitality industry, and been active in HFTP, for over 25 years. She served as a board member for the HFTP Valley of the Sun Chapter from 1996-2001, and served as president of the HFTP Phoenix Chapter from 1998-2000. While Gerdts was president of the HFTP Phoenix Chapter, the chapter received the prestigious "Chapter of the Year" award as well as the "HFTP Chapter Choice" award. Over the years, Gerdts has been honored to speak at HFTP Annual Convention and serve on panels at Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)). She also served on the HFTP Leadership Committee and was the chairwoman for two years in a row."I am so very honored to be chosen as this year's Paragon recipient," said Gerdts. "This award represents the culmination of my life's passion and commitment to the hospitality industry. I feel so incredibly blessed to be amongst my peers in being recognized for such a prestigious award. HFTP holds a very special place in my heart, and I will be forever indebted to HFTP for the amazing path that was laid out before me some 27 years ago. My involvement in HFTP truly changed the trajectory of my life and for that, I will be forever grateful."Established in 1999, the prestigious HFTP Paragon Award recognizes individuals each year 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; leaders from hospitality businesses, educational institutions and other related disciplines. A panel of industry experts selects the award recipients who will be recognized at HFTP's Annual Convention each October.Previous Paragon Award winners include: Alice Banks, CHAE (1999); Henry "Buddy" Weeks, CHAE (1999); Frank Santos, CHAE, CHA (2000); Katherine Cavanagh, CHAE (2001); Raymond Schmidgall, PH.D., CPA, CHAE (2002); Frank Wolfe, CAE (2002); Len Bartello, CPA, CHAE, CHTP (2003); John J. Cahill, CHA, CHTP (2004); Wendy Zurstadt, CPA, CHAE, CHTP (2005); Richard Braa, CHAE (2006); Robert Patasnick, CPA (2007); George Glazer (2008); Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE (2009); Stephen LeBruto, CPA, CHAE, Ed.D. (2009); and Steve Doherty, CHAE, CHTP (2010); Frank Agnello Jr., CMA, CHAE (2011); Howard Field, FBHA, FCA (2012); Joseph McInerney, CHA (2013); Evelyn Adams (2014); Ralph R. Miller, CPA, CA, CBV, CHA, CHAE (2015); Raman (R. P.) Rama B. Com, CHA Emeritus, CHTP, CHAE (2016); Kris S. Shoemaker, CMA, CGFO, CHAE, CHTP, CPFIM (2016).Annual Convention 2017 will take place from October 25-27, 2017 at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in ChampionsGate, Florida USA. For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For more information about HFTP events, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, +1 (512) 249-5333. For more information on the Paragon Award, contact the HFTP Communications Department at publications@hftp.org or +1 (512) 249-5333.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

HFTP Annual Business Meeting at Annual Convention 2017

20 September 2017
Hear about the accomplishments of HFTP from the past year with details on developments and strategies, and what to expect in the next year. The meeting will take place at HFTP Annual Convention 2017 on Friday, October 27 from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in International II, III at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in ChapionsGate, Florida USA.Official event hashtag: #HFTP65More Information>

Why, 15 Years Later, the HFTP Mid Florida Chapter Still Raises Funds for Camp Boggy Creek

20 September 2017
This year, the HFTP Annual Convention will be held October 25–27 in the Orlando area, my home turf. And for the third year, the convention program includes HFTP Helps which raises funds for a charity based in the surrounding area of the host city. When planning, HFTP Global conferred with HFTP Mid-Florida chapter leaders for local charity suggestions. Without hesitation, we named Camp Boggy Creek, a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. The HFTP Mid-Florida Chapter has been raising funds for Camp Boggy Creek through an annual golf tournament, and September 29 will be the chapter’s 15th tournament to benefit the camp. I thought I’d share a bit of my experience working with the camp, and why our chapter has been so dedicated to it.

10 Days Left: HFTP Annual Convention Early Registration Closing Soon

20 September 2017
Register by September 29, 2017 to receive early rates. Take advantage of the early registration pricing and join HFTP(r) 2017 Annual Convention for the opportunity to discover peer-tested ideas, learn to innovate, and make valuable connections with other industry professionals and suppliers to successfully tackle the challenges and opportunities facing you and your organization.Registration TypesFull Conference: Includes access to all convention activities, including scheduled meal functions, Opening Party, HFTP's Annual Tribute to Success (formerly known as President's Evening) and education sessions.New Member Bundle: Includes HFTP membership fee and conference registration, a savings of $100.00 USD!Daily Registration: Includes access to convention activities for that day only.Guest Event Tickets: includes Welcome Reception and/or HFTP's Annual Tribute to Success (formerly known as President's Evening).REGISTER NOW>Reserve Your Room by September 29, 2017>Annual Convention Locale Ready to Welcome HFTP Learn More>

TOMORROW: Club Digital Learning Day 2017

19 September 2017
Reminder that HFTP's second annual Club Digital Learning Day is happening live tomorrow, September 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST. Enjoy the educational presentations from industry leaders from the comfort of your own desktop. There is still time to register! The webinar schedule is as follows:Schedule10:30 - 11:30 AM | Keys to Building a Data-driven Strategic Leadership in Private Clubs1:30 - 2:30 PM | Payroll and PEOs3:00 - 4:00 PM | Immigration Options for Hospitality Organizations under the Trump AdministrationKeys to Building a Data-driven Strategic Leadership in Private ClubsPresented by: Ray Cronin, founder and CEO at Club BenchmarkingMany executives believe that the use of analytics is important. Successful analytic leaders are gaining executive advocates by leveraging raw data points to inform decision making and improve achievement and business levels. Data-driven strategies are an increasingly important part of competitive differentiation. Learn what data can do for you, how your organization can function as a truly strategic body and how to assess a plan for ongoing value creation in a private club.PEO vs. HRO vs. Payroll - What is the Best Fit for your Club?Presented by: James Knight, partner and owner at CertiPay; Clare Vazquez Peace, senior human resource consultant at CertiPayThis webinar will discuss the differences between a payroll company and a PEO and define HRO. Find out what technology can be used to streamline the administrative burden of payroll and human resources. Learn the difference between PEO vs. HRO vs. Payroll and if an outsource solution can provide all the necessary technology. The decision drivers to consider when going into a PEO solution or out of a PEO solution will be reviewed - SUTA rate, W/C rate, administrative cost, HR cost and benefit cost.Immigration Options for Hospitality Organizations under the Trump AdministrationPresented by: Keith Pabian, Esq., founding partner at Pabian Law, LLCVisa and immigration issues have been front and center for the club and hospitality industry over the past six months. This webinar will focus on understanding the current immigration landscape and what it means for clubs and hospitality organizations. Hear about visa options for private clubs and hospitality organizations, including the H-2B seasonal visa and year-round visa options with an eye toward understanding what the future will hold for these options under the new administration.Learn More>CPE Accreditation>REGISTER>

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: September 2017

19 September 2017
HFTP has over 80 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, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events for September 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.September 19, 2017HFTP Northern California Chapter (USA)11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | TBDEmployment and HR LawClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP New Mexico Chapter (USA)6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | La Fonda on the PlazaSales Departments and Accounting Departments InteractionsClick here for further details and RSVPSeptember 20, 2017HFTP Florida Treasure Coast Chapter (USA)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Tequesta Country ClubExplaining the Club Business to your BoardClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Mid-Jersey Chapter (USA)4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Rumson Country ClubNew Jersey Sales Tax Laws and Best PracticesClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Greater Milwaukee Chapter (USA)4:45 - 9:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Yacht ClubChapter Homecoming and Officer InstallationClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP British Columbia Chapter (Canada)12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Coast Plaza HotelTop 10 Myths in Cyber Security that are Holding Your Business BackClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Monterey Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Portola PlazaOfficer Installation and HFTP Global Update Click here for further details and RSVPHFTP Ontario Chapter (Canada)8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Royal York HotelEducation Day Click here for further details and RSVPSeptember 21, 2017HFTP Florida Gold Coast Chapter (USA)6:30-9:30 p.m. | PB Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & SpaWhat You Need to Know About Unclaimed PropertyClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Cleveland/Akron Chapter (USA)7:00-10:00 a.m. | The Westin Cleveland DowntownAP Automation: Revolutionize Your Process from Purchase to PaymentClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Southern Alberta Chapter (CANADA)12:00-2:00 p.m. | Delta South CalgaryGST and TippingClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter (USA)6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Army Navy Country ClubInstallation DinnerClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Las Vegas Chapter (USA)TBDChapter MeetingClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Greater Houston Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Woodlands Resort & Conference CenterOfficer Induction CeremonyClick here for further details and to RSVPSeptember 22, 2017HFTP Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter (USA)7:30 - 9:30 a.m. | Radisson BluWays that the Information Collected Through WIFI Can Be UsedClick here for further details and RSVPSeptember 26, 2017HFTP Florida Manasota Chapter (USA)5:30-8:30 p.m. | River Wilderness Country ClubSFS Restaurant and Special Events Licenses and PermitsClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP New York City Chapter (USA)5:30-8:00 p.m. | The Penn Club of New YorkOverview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)Click here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Mid-Florida Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Florida Hotel & Conference CenterInstallation of Officers and Board of DirectorsClick here for further details and to RSVPSeptember 27, 2017HFTP New York City Chapter (USA)10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Sunningdale Country Club17th Annual Charity Golf TournamentClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter (USA)5:30-8:00 p.m. | Huntingdon Valley Country ClubIndustry Round Table DiscussionClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP Mid-Jersey Chapter (USA)5:30-8:00 p.m. | Huntingdon Valley Country ClubIndustry Round Table DiscussionClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP New England Club Chapter (USA)4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | White Cliffs Country ClubThe Current Immigration Landscape and the Massachusetts Pay Equity Act and Their Impact on ClubsClick here for further details to RSVPSeptember 28, 2017HFTP Orange County Chapter (USA)5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Wyndham Anaheim - Garden GroveHow You Can Create a Financially Engaged Leadership Team in Your HotelClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP Rocky Mountain Chapter (USA)5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Pinehurst Country ClubFraud Prevention Tactics and Case StudiesClick here for further details to RSVPHFTP Fairfield/Westchester Chapter (USA)4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Bonnie Briar Country ClubOfficer Installation Ceremony Click here for further details to RSVPHFTP North Texas Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Hurst Conference CenterDeveloping Your Human Firewall with a Focus on PCI Compliance, IT Network, and GDPR Click here for further details and RSVPSeptember 29, 2017HFTP Mid-Florida Chapter (USA)1:00 p.m. | Shingle Creek Golf Club15th Annual Chapter Golf Event to Benefit Camp Boggy CreekClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Charlotte-Blue Ridge Chapter (USA)TBD | Crown Plaza Charlotte Executive ParkSales & Use Tax UpdateClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Central Carolina Chapter (USA)10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Country Club of LandfallLet's Meet Click here for further details and to RSVPLearn More about HFTP Chapters>

HFTP Asia Research Center Supports Tourism Industry Growth in Asia Market

18 September 2017
In 2014, the HFTP Asia Research Center was established in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM). The center is based in Hong Kong, the central city in Asia geographically.

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