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HFTP Chapter Events: December 15-31, 2017

14 December 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.*Click here to view the full HFTP chapter events listing. December 15, 2017HFTP Maryland Chapter (USA)What: Maryland HFTP Meeting/Holiday GatheringWhen: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.Where: Baltimore Country ClubRSVP: EviteHFTP Alabama Chapter (USA) What: Holiday LunchWhen: Noon - 2:00 p.m.Where: Ruth's Chris Steak HouseRSVP: sscott@ccbham.comDecember 16, 2017HFTP Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (USA)What: Holiday Masquerade BallWhen: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.Where: The Club at MediterraRSVP: Click hereDecember 18, 2017HFTP Jamaica Chapter (CARIBBEAN)What: JHTA & HFTP MeetingWhen: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.Where: Round Hill Hotels and VillasRSVP: novlette@roundhill.comDecember 19, 2017HFTP Atlanta Chapter (USA)What: Holiday SocialWhen: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Where: Sage Woodfire Tavern - PerimeterRSVP: ccook@cricpa.comDecember 21, 2017HFTP Southern Alberta Chapter (CANADA)What: Jubilations Dinner TheatreWhen: 6:15 - 10:00 p.m.Where: Westbrook MallRSVP: ktaylor@hotelblackfoot.comHFTP New Mexico Chapter (USA)What: Holiday PartyWhen: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Where: The Main EventRSVP: jsschiff@msn.comHFTP Detroit Chapter (USA)What: Holiday PartyWhen: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.Where: Wild Lights at the Detroit ZooRSVP: kate.watkins@amerilodgegroup.comHFTP Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter (USA)What: Holiday PartyWhen: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Where: TBDRSVP: alynch@metroclub.orgQuestions? Victoria Schaefer victoria.schaefer@hftp.org +1 (512) 220-4161Barbara Semerarobarbara.semeraro@hftp.org+1 (512) 220-4037

Take Quick Survey to Shape Hospitality Industry

13 December 2017
Help HFTP and Forrester shape the hospitality industry by taking this quick survey: http://bit.ly/2BeroVE

Club Management Around the World

13 December 2017
How well do you know the history behind the game of #golf? How is golf causing a shifting tide for clubs? The HFTP Americas and Asia Research Centers surveyed individuals residing in Australia, Canada, Bahamas, Europe, Japan and the United States to identify major challenges faced by #club management professionals today.Read the latest blog on HFTP Connect, "Club Management Around the World," written by Tanya Venegas: http://bit.ly/2z8MJOk

HFTP 2018 Club Summit Brings New Opportunity for Club Professional Education

11 December 2017
HFTP's Club Summit will take place from March 19-20, 2018 at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana USA. This new conference will provide club professionals with two days of advanced-level education addressing industry strategy, trends and engagement. Earn up to 12 hours of continuing education by attending the HFTP Club Summit. REGISTER>Education Sessions:Top 10 Key Performance IndicatorsEmployees of the FutureFinancing Club ImprovementsManaging Ethics and BeyondClub Innovation and Club TrendsCompliance IssuesSocial Media and IT ContractsSponsorship:The HFTP Club Summit is a great opportunity to promote your products and services to finance professionals in the club and hotel industry. More information is coming soon. For more details, contact Paula Lerash, CEM, Director of Exhibts paula.lerash@hftp.org, +1 (512)220-6447.Registration:Registration includes access to the Club Summit, continental breakfast, breaks, networking reception, lunch and education sessions.HFTP is offering a New Member Conference Bundle for the HFTP Club Summit 2018. For $725 USD, you can receive all the benefits of a full conference registration, PLUS a one year membership with HFTP. The HFTP Membership includes one Chapter Affiliation (optional). New members must have had no affiliation with HFTP for one year prior to registration. Visit the Club Summit registration page for more information.More Information:Click here to visit the event website

Asia Webinar - China Hotel Market Outlook

11 December 2017
Are you up-to-date on the latest hotel market trends in China? Is over supply still an issue? How does the future look for the industry? In this webinar you will understand the current hotel market in China as well as discuss the market future. Details below.What: HFTP WebinarWhere: OnlineWhen: December 13, 2017 l 8:00 - 9:00 PM CST; December 14, 2017 l 10:00 - 11:00 AM HKT Who: Presenter Anthony Zhang is the Business Development Manager for STR, and is responsible for the company expansion in Greater China and KoreaRegister: Click here to register nowContact the HFTP Meetings and Event Department for more information: Nick Cukjati by email or phone +1 (512) 220-6445.

HFTP Global Board Director Application

8 December 2017
HFTP relies on the collective vision, knowledge and experience of its members. HFTP offers multiple opportunities to get involved and be an active member of your association. Enhance your association experience by becoming involved with the association's global leadership. Applications are currently being accepted. Click here for more information about HFTP's Global Board. The deadline for applications for HFTP's Board of Directors 2018-2019 is April 3, 2018.Download the HFTP Global Board Application Form>

HFTP December Webinar Schedule

4 December 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>December 7, 2017 | 10:00-11:00 AM CSTInside the IRSWhat are Agents Looking For?With an increase in audit activity, do you know the major issues the IRS is looking into? It is important to review your records in detail, understand the process and prepare for the audit interview. If the IRS audits your tax return, it will closely check whether you included all your income and took only the deductions and credits allowed by law. These audits are not random, and the IRS chooses returns that are more prone to error. Discover major risks in an IRS audit, and how your exempt and/or taxable club can come out on top. REGISTER TODAYDecember 13, 2017 | 8:00-9:00 PM CSTDecember 14, 2017 | 10:00-11:00 AM HKTAsia WebinarChina Hotel Market OutlookAre you up-to-date on the latest hotel market trends in China? Is over supply still an issue? How does the future look for the industry? In this webinar you will understand the current hotel market in China as well as discuss the market future. REGISTER TODAYDecember 19, 2017 | 10:00-11:00 AM CSTReinventing Hospitality Cash Managementwith Cash Recycling and TechnologyMany hotels still rely on traditional cash management processes, like spreadsheet-driven cash journals and counting money by hand. However, as the hospitality industry moves to streamline its back-office processes, these outdated methods just no longer make sense. Transform your hotel's cash management system with tested, real-world strategies leveraging the latest in technology. Explore modern best practices to help reduce costs, save valuable time, and maximize effectiveness. REGISTER TODAYQuestions?Contact the HFTP Meetings and Event Department for more information: Nick Cukjati by email or phone +1 (512) 220-6445.UPCOMING WEBINARSWEBINAR ARCHIVEHFTP's webinar "Hospitality Faces GDPR - How HFTP Can Help," is now available through the HFTP webinar archive which is free for members. Learn more about this important topic which will impact hospitality companies conducting business in Europe.

"Hotel Yearbook 2018 - Sustainable Hospitality" is Now Available

4 December 2017
The inaugural edition of the "Hotel Yearbook 2018 - Sustainable Hospitality" has been published. Over the last few years, hotel companies have made a determined effort to deal with the impact their business activities have on the environment and communities. Both, international hospitality chains and small hotel businesses, recognise the tangible benefits in being proactive in mitigating environmental and societal impacts including real efficiency gains and an enhanced corporate reputation.And in the hospitality industry, as in all industries, a good reputation cannot be bought, it must be earned. Along the same lines as previous editions of the Hotel Yearbook, the 2017 Sustainable Hospitality edition gathers the thoughts and research from a wide-ranging group of senior executives, analysts, consultants and opinion leaders from all over the world to ask, "What lies ahead for the global hotel industry in light of the ever-changing and challenging environmental, societal and economic dimensions?".From decentralized energy production alternatives to on-site waste management technologies; from use of passive solar design to impacts of green technology usage; from sustainable food systems to the evolving nature of corporate responsibility strategies; successful hospitality requires an in-depth understanding of the issues facing our industry - an essential read to all involved closely or remotely in the hospitality industry.Click here to download the full edition.*Reminder: The Hotel Yearbook is only published digitally, so no paper version is produced. To download it, it is necessary to register your name and e-mail address at PineappleSearch -- but please have no fear that doing so puts you on any mailing lists etc. PineappleSearch will not contact you, and will not pass this information to any third parties. You can reassure your network that registering here to get their copy will not result in any unwanted contact.

HFTP Chapter Events: December 1-15, 2017

1 December 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.*Click here to view the full HFTP chapter events listing. December 1, 2017HFTP Los Cabos Chapter (MEXICO) What: Chapter meetingWhen: 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.Where: Cachet Beach Club, Cabo San LucasRSVP: jsanchez@maravillaloscabos.com December 1-2, 2017 HFTP Northern California Chapter (USA) What: Holiday CelebrationWhen: 6:30 p.m. (Friday) - 3:30 p.m (Saturday)Where: Westin Verasa Napa RSVP: vince@eternitytele.comDecember 3, 2017 HFTP Valley of the Sun Chapter (USA) What: Holiday PartyWhen: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.Where: Main Event RSVP: hftp.valleyofthesunchapter@gmail.com December 4, 2017 HFTP Monterey Chapter (USA) What: New Tech TrendsWhen: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.Where: Monterey Plaza HotelRSVP: sfahmy@portolahotel.com December 5, 2017 HFTP New York Chapter (USA) What: Annual Holiday LuncheonWhen: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.Where: Uncle Jack's Steakhouse Cost: $95 USD (HFTP members); $105 USD (non-members)RSVP: hftpnyc@gmail.com December 6, 2017 HFTP Long Island Chapter (USA) What: Annual Holiday PartyWhen: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Where: Nassau Country ClubCost: $80 USD per personRSVP: msmith@westhamptoncc.orgDecember 7, 2017 HFTP New England Chapter (USA) What: Eight Annual Boston Holiday Pops SocialWhen: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.Where: Woodland Golf ClubRSVP: newenglandclub.hftp@gmail.com HFTP Mid-Florida Chapter (USA) What: December SocialWhen: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Where: Andretti Indoor Karting & GamesCost: $25 USD per personRSVP: www.midfloridahftp.org HFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter (USA) What: Holiday SocialWhen: 5:30 p.m.Where: The General Warren InneCost: $75 USD (member + guest)RSVP: DMcHugh@swbajusltd.com December 8, 2017 HFTP Fairfield/Westchester Chapter (USA) What: Holiday CelebrationWhen: 7:00 p.m.Where: Fairview Country ClubCost: $125 USD per personRSVP: controller@woodway.org December 12, 2017 HFTP Treasure Coast Chapter (USA) What: Holiday EventWhen: TBDWhere: Ristorante Claretta RSVP: jill.burnett@medalistgolfclub.org December 13, 2017 HFTP New Orleans Chapter (USA)What: Christmas PartyWhen: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Where: Little Gem Salon - Ramp RoomCost: $25 USD (HFTP members); $40 USD (non-members)RSVP: EviteHFTP New England Hotel Chapter (USA)What: Holiday Social & Silent Auction When: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.Where: Omni Parker HouseRSVP: lmartinez@blumshapiro.comHFTP San Diego Chapter (USA)What: Holiday SocialWhen: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.Where: Hilton San Diego Bayside ComplexRSVP: sdhftp.board@gmail.comHFTP Buffalo-Niagara Chapter (USA) What: Ho-Ho-Hospitality PartyWhen: TBDWhere: Bada BingRSVP: buffaloniagarahftp@gmail.comHFTP British Columbia Chapter (CANADA)What: HFTP Christmas Dinner & Gift ExchangeWhen: 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.Where: Capilano Golf and Country ClubCost: $55 USD per person (includes drink ticket and dinner wine)RSVP: monicah@capilanogolf.com December 14, 2017 HFTP Florida Gold Coast Chapter (USA) What: Annual Holiday SocialWhen: 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.Where: The Breakers Beach ClubCost: $125 USD (HFTP member + guest); $150 USD (non-member)RSVP: hftpgc.treasurer@gmail.comHFTP Florida Manasota Chapter (USA)What: Holiday SocialWhen: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Where: TPC PrestanciaCost: $40 USD per personRSVP: eileens@thefieldclub.comHFTP Central Virginia Chapter (USA)What: Annual Holiday CelebrationWhen: 5:30 p.m. - MidnightWhere: Tacky Light Tour followed by dinner at Capital Ale HouseRSVP: Evite; hftpvirginia@gmail.com HFTP Ohio Valley Chapter (USA)What: December Holiday SocialWhen: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.Where: The Fawcett CenterHFTP Ontario Chapter (CANADA)What: Holiday PartyWhen: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Where: Hilton Hotel TorontoRSVP: Punchbowl InviteDecember 15, 2017HFTP Maryland Chapter (USA)What: Maryland HFTP Meeting/Holiday GatheringWhen: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.Where: Baltimore Country ClubRSVP: EviteQuestions? Contact Victoria Schaefervictoria.schaefer@hftp.orgHFTP Chapter Relations Coordinator+1 (512) 220-4161Barbara Semerarobarbara.semeraro@hftp.orgHFTP Chapter Relations Coordinator+1 (512) 220-4037

Hospitality Faces GDPR - How HFTP Can Help

30 November 2017
HFTP's webinar "Hospitality Faces GDPR - How HFTP Can Help," is now available through the HFTP webinar archive which is free for members. Learn more about this important topic which will impact hospitality companies conducting business in Europe.Learn More: http://bit.ly/2zKwCbSUpcoming Webinars: http://bit.ly/2pTvIVE

Students Receive FREE Membership to HFTP, Kick-start Your Hospitality Career

30 November 2017
HFTP is proud to offer full-time hospitality students a FREE membership to the association. Student members are able to take advantage of all HFTP benefits. Students will network with leading industry professionals that help build strong business relationships even before graduation; and enter the job market with a professional network already in place.HFTP also offers the CHAE and CHTP Certification Programs to student members as well. Students do not receive printed copies of membership materials. HFTP student membership is online access only; therefore, student members are automatically opted in to all e-mail communications.New Student Application Form>Learn More>

HFTP Club Technology Survey Deadline Fast Approaching

29 November 2017
If you have not already done so, please take 15 minutes to answer which feature sets are important to have in your club technology. If you have completed the survey HFTP would like to thank you for your contribution. Additionally, everyone who responds to this survey before Friday, December 8, 2017 will have the opportunity to win a registration to the brand new HFTP Club Summit, March 19-20, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana USA.The Club Technology Survey, is a comprehensive study examining which feature sets are important to have in your club technology: management systems, accounting/finance, commerce and security. The research study is in partnership with Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) and the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston. HFTP's goal is to provide current crucial information to support the industry, and the resulting report will provide an interesting illustration of how technology is employed at clubs across multiple geographic regions.Your participation is entirely voluntary and you may refuse to participate or withdraw at any time without penalty. You may also refuse to answer any question. There are no known or anticipated risks to your participation in this study. Your participation in this project is confidential and your responses will remain anonymous. The results of this study may be published in professional/scientific journals or used for educational purposes, but no respondent will be identified.Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE, Professor and Conrad N. Hilton Distinguished Chair at the University of Houston and Cristian Morosan, Ph.D., CHTP, Associate Professor at the University of Houston are behind the HFTP-commissioned study, "Clubs and Mobile Apps" and recipients of the iHITA 2015 Best Paper Award.Questions? Contact Eliza Selig, HFTP Director of communications at eliza.selig@hftp.org or +1 (512) 220-4026.TAKE THE SURVEY>*To participate, you need to be 18 or older.

2017 HFTP Annual Business Meeting Minutes

28 November 2017
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate - HFTP 2016-2017 Global President Lyle Worthington, CHTP welcomed the 2017 HFTP Annual Convention attendees, and called the Annual Business Meeting to order at 9:18 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Championsgate, Florida USA.Worthington recognized the 2016-2017 HFTP Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He recognized the directors who completed their terms in 2017, and thanked them for their service and contribution to HFTP. Plaques were presented to the following individuals for their dedication to the association: Christopher Garland, CHAE; Ted Horner; Chris Koepper, CPA; Kris Singleton.HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe gave tribute to HFTP's 2016-2017 Immediate Past President Arlene Ramirez, CHAE, CHE, MBA, CHIA. Wolfe highlighted that during Ramirez's term from 2015-2016 as HFTP Global President, she was instrumental in lending her expertise to assist HFTP in developing industry resources and standards. Wolfe noted that under Ramirez's leadership, the association made the groundbreaking decision to expand its recognized HITEC(r) brand internationally to Europe and The Middle East. Thus, creating two regional HITEC counterparts, which were both successfully hosted for the first time in 2017: HITEC Amsterdam and HTIEC Dubai. Wolfe presented a token of appreciation for Ramirez's time and service during her tenure on both the HFTP Global Board as well as the Executive Committee.HFTP 2016-2017 Global Secretary Michael Levie, CHTP announced the minutes for the 2016 Annual Business Meeting held at Caesars Palace Resort and Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Levie referred members to the Annual Convention meeting minutes that were posted on HFTP News (news.hftp.org), and called a motion to approve. *A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the 2016 Annual Business Meeting minutes as presented.Treasurer's ReportHFTP 2016-2017 Global Treasurer Scot Campbell, CHTP referred members to the Auditor Financial Statements for the year that ended October 31, 2017. Campbell informed members the anticipated operational revenue for the fiscal year, ending October 31, 2017, will be approximately $7.11 million with operational expenses of approximately $7.34 million. Campbell commented on the predicted realized gain of $66,000 and unrealized loss on investments of $79,000, resulting in a net expense of approximately $240,000 for the fiscal year. Campbell informed members that the HFTP Global Board approved the 2017-2018 operational revenues of approximately $8.29 million and operational expenses of approximately $8.52 million, just below break-even.Strategic PlanHFTP 2016-2017 Global Vice President Timothy Nauss, CHAE mentioned some of HFTP's initiatives for his upcoming term as President in 2018. Nauss mentioned that due the inaugural success, HFTP will maintain its international HITEC conferences next year -HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. HFTP will produce its larger HITEC Houston in June 2018, and will continue with its Annual Convention, Club & Hotel Controllers Conference and the Financial Executive Exchanges (FEE) for both club and hotels. Nauss spoke of adding to HFTP's education roster, mentioning that HFTP has a new conference in March 2018 - the HFTP Club Summit. Nauss highlighted that HFTP's online education will continue with a strong lineup of ProLinks webinars with semi-monthly offerings.Nauss also informed members that HFTP will continue to provide important, custom content and research reports through its news sites - HFTP News (news.hftp.org); HITEC Bytes (bytes.hitec.org); Club Bytes (clubs.hftp.org); Finance Bytes (finance.hftp.org) - as well as regular insight on its HFTP Connect blog (blog.hftp.org). He informed members to look out for HFTP's bi-annual Compensation and Benefits Survey, with the survey distributed this spring and results released summer 2018.President's ReportWorthington started his report thanking his fellow HFTP 2016-2017 Global Executive Committee members for their guidance, dedication, teamwork, motivation and tireless efforts during his time as HFTP Global President: Nauss; Campbell; Levie; Ramirez; and Jill Burnett CHAE, CPA. Worthington also thanked HFTP members, the 2016-2017 Global Board of Directors and Wolfe and the HFTP staff for their support.Worthington spoke about his trajectory during his term, and highlighted some accomplishments including:HITEC Toronto was the largest HITEC in the event's history with 6,500 attendees which came from 65 different countries around the worldDebut of HITEC Amsterdam featuring over 1,100 attendees, which was more than double the expected attendancePredicted pre-event success of the upcoming inaugural HITEC Dubai that took place November 14-15, 2017HFTP's established Hospitality Data Protection Officer (HDPO) Task ForceWorthington explained that HFTP's HDPO Task Force is responsible for addressing mandates that will be enforced by the EU Global Data Protection Regulations in 2018. He concluded by discussing other upcoming task forces such as the Blockchain technology task force.CEO ReportWolfe took a moment to recognize his HFTP staff, headquartered in Austin, Texas USA, for their hard work and dedication to success. Wolfe gave his report on the success of the association over the past year, and recognized and thanked Worthington for his services and impact on HFTP. Wolfe discussed the bylaw change that occurred, which created a new position: executive committee advisor. He thanked Burnett, the first executive committee advisor, for her service to HFTP.Wolfe highlighted that 2017 marked HFTP's 65th anniversary as an association. He also highlighted the upcoming webinars, and the addition of the HFTP Club Summit event. Wolfe discussed future reports, research and task forces. He recognized the anniversary of HFTP's first research center at the University of Houston, and thanked the research center staff for their dedication.Wolfe concluded his report by thanking HFTP members, and recognized the hard work of the 2016-2017 HFTP Global Board of Directors.Nominating Committee ReportRamirez discussed the Nominating Committee process with members, and encouraged everyone to apply. She called upon Levie to elect Directors and the Executive Committee.In accordance with Article X, Section 3 of the HFTP bylaws, Levie casted the single ballot for the 2017-2018 slate of new HFTP Global Directors, and declared the individuals mentioned below as duly elected. The uncontested slate joining the 2017-2018 HFTP Global Board of Directors includes:HFTP Global Director Cindy Braak (not present)HFTP Global Director Martha Mazzitelli, CHAE+, CHTP+HFTP Global Director Amirul Islam (not present)HFTP Global Director Justin Taillon, MBAIn accordance with Article X, Section 3 of the HFTP bylaws, Levie casted the single ballot for the 2017-2018 HFTP Global Executive Committee slate of officers, and declared the following individuals as duly elected. The 2017-2018 HFTP Global Executive Committee includes:HFTP Global President Timothy G. Nauss, CHAEHFTP Global Vice President Scot Campbell, CHTPHFTP Global Treasurer Michael Levie, CHTPHFTP Global Secretary Mark Pate, Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBAHFTP Immediate Past President Lyle Worthington, CHTPWorthington informed the members that the Executive Committee would be installed later that night at the HFTP Annual Tribute to Success.AdjournThere being no further business, a motion was made, seconded and carried to adjourn the 2017 Annual Business Meeting at 9:50 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Championsgate, Florida USA.

Good News! HFTP Student Memberships are Now Complimentary

20 November 2017
HFTP is happy to announce that starting November 1, 2017, and going forward, HFTP student memberships will be complimentary.With the school year now in full swing, HFTP membership give students the opportunity to utilize member benefits which can help them prepare for their future careers in hospitality and access a global community of members across the globe.Here some important updates regarding student membership:Students can now join HFTP through the online student membership application rather than the previous pdf application. HFTP student members receive all the great benefits, resources and services, of a full dues paying member and will continue to do so with the complimentary HFTP student membership. Any current HFTP student members, who are due for renewal, will also be able to renew their student membership, complimentary through this online renewal form.For additional information on HFTP student memberships, check out the HFTP student brochure or student webpage on the HFTP website.Learn more: http://ow.ly/AE8i30gywaq

HFTP Student Memberships are Now Complimentary

17 November 2017
Good news! Student memberships are now complimentary. Join or renew your #student membership today and enjoy the same great benefits as all HFTP members including job boards, webinars, Community@HFTP and more. Learn more: http://ow.ly/AE8i30gywaq

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: November 16-30, 2017

16 November 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 November 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.November 16, 2017 HFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter (USA) 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Merion Golf Club Scholarship Awards Dinner Click here for further details and RSVP HFTP South Florida Chapter (USA) 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | EAST, Miami Hotel Hotel Security Post Las Vega Mass Shooting Click here for further details and RSVP HFTP Atlanta Chapter (USA) 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Ford Plantation Golf Club Current Trends in Club Technology Click here for further details and RSVP HFTP North Texas Chapter (USA) 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria-Addison Internal Controls in a Digital Age - Where did all the paper go? Click here for further details and RSVP HFTP Houston Chapter (USA) 1:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Bentwater Country Club Golf and Dinner Meeting Click here for further details and RSVP HFTP Los Angeles Chapter (USA) 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel "The Power of a Professional Presence in Hospitality" Click here for further details and RSVPHFTP Washington Metropolitan Area Club (USA)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Country Club of FairfaxHeath Insurance & Updates Click here for further details and RSVPHFTP Southern Alberta Chapter (CANADA) 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Cowboys Casino New Payroll Changes Click here for further details and RSVPNovember 17, 2017 HFTP Charlotte Blue Ridge Chapter (USA) 10:00 a.m. - Noon | Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club Insurance Loss Control and Claims Click here for further details and RSVP HFTP Rocky Mountain Chapter (USA) 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Johnny Z's Casino - Reserve Casino Hotel Holiday Party in Central City Click here for further details and RSVP HFTP Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter (USA) 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Edina Country Club Audit Standards and Procedures Click here for further details and RSVP HFTP Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (USA) 8:00 - 10:45 a.m. | Heritage Bay Golf & Country Club Why Good People Make Bad Choices Click here for further details and RSVP November 28, 2017 HFTP Cleveland/Akron Chapter (USA) 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. | The Cleveland Skating Club The Annual Accounting Update Click here for further details and RSVP HFTP Jamaica Chapter (CARIBBEAN) 6:30 p.m. | Montego Bay Annual Convention Report Click here for further details and RSVP November 29, 2017 HFTP Orange County Chapter (USA) 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Annual Holiday Member Mixer Click here for further details and RSVP November 30, 2017 HFTP Florida Manasota Chapter (USA) 5:30 p.m. | Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club November Chapter Meeting Click here for further details and RSVP

Upcoming Webinar: "Hospitality Faces GDPR - How HFTP Can Help"

16 November 2017
Do not miss this upcoming webinar.Monday, November 20, 20179:45 - 10:45 AM GMT10:45 - 11:45 AM CET3:45 - 04:45 AM CSTHospitality Faces GDPR - How HFTP Can HelpAs 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 to develop Hospitality Data Protection Officer (HDPO) guidelines as well as 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. Discover the key requirements to GDPR, and what this means for the hospitality industry.Presented By:Alvaro Hidalgo, managing partner at FIRST LOGIC Consulting and chairman of the HFTP GDPR Task ForceCarl Weldon, FIH FHOSPA,COO, Europe at HFTPSpecialty Reporting Area: GeneralREGISTER>

Hotel Yearbook Technology 2018 is Now Available

15 November 2017
The Hotel Yearbook launches its 5th annual look at hotel technology trends, featuring articles by 21 of the industry's thought leaders. Released exclusively as an e-book, The Hotel Yearbook 2018 - Technology features contributions from two dozen opinion leaders around the world on the outlook for technological change and innovation in several key areas affecting the future success of the hotel business.Wade & Co. SA, the Swiss-based publisher of The Hotel Yearbook, a family of annual compendiums of expert opinion and insights on the future of the hotel industry, announces the launch of The Hotel Yearbook 2018-Technology, its fifth Special Edition focused exclusively on the changing technology landscape in the world of hospitality.CLICK HERE to download now."The editorial concept of all of the editions within The Hotel Yearbook family is to bring together senior hotel industry executives, recognized experts and thought leaders from every part of the industry to write about trends and innovation in the global hotel business," said Woody Wade, co-publisher. "This latest edition on technology covers a very wide range of technology issues, from machine learning, cybersecurity, Blockchain technology to the new data protection laws we will be dealing with soon. Its wide range means that there is something in it for everyone concerned with integrating technology in their operations."Underscoring its focus on innovation, The Hotel Yearbook 2018 - Technology includes a special section featuring 16 hospitality start-ups, each making use of different tech approaches to provide creative solutions to hospitality challenges.Taking on the role of Guest Editor-in-Chief this year was Lyle Worthington, CIO at The Student Hotel in Amsterdam and immediate Past-President of HFTP Global. Henri Roelings, founder & CEO of Hsyndicate and co-publisher of The Hotel Yearbook, said: "Lyle's understanding of the industry's tech challenges gave him an edge in putting this issue together, and he was able to call on thought leaders and practitioners to contribute their thoughts to the edition.""2017 has been a pivotal year for hospitality technology," said Lyle. "This edition of Hotel Yearbook is a great snapshot of what has happened, how we've adapted, and what we need to be focusing on in the future. It was a privilege to serve as the Guest Editor of this edition and work with some of the great minds in our industry."The Hotel Yearbook 2018 - Technology is published with two partners, the professional association HFTP (Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals) and Hsyndicate, a provider of online industry intelligence based in the Netherlands.Frank Wolfe, CEO of HFTP, said, "As part of its core purpose, HFTP actively supports collaborations among the industry's professionals so that ideas can build and innovations can continue. We understand that it is crucial to bring great minds together, and that is exactly what The Hotel Yearbook does. We are proud to partner with them again in 2018."Technological changes will affect almost everything in the hospitality space - and very quickly. That is why The Hotel Yearbook 2018 - Technology is a must read for managers or aspiring managers. The publication was launched on 9 November. Copies are available only online at www.hotel-yearbook.com.About The Hotel YearbookThe Hotel Yearbook is a family of publications that call upon a wide-ranging group of senior executives, analysts, consultants and opinion leaders from all over the world to ask, "What lies ahead for the global hotel industry?" In The Hotel Yearbook - whether it is the highly respected annual edition or any of the special editions focusing on such critically important themes as technology, talent development, or the digital world - our forward-looking contributors share with readers the key trends and developments that they believe could have an impact on the performance of the hotel industry in the future. Visit www.hotel-yearbook.com.About HFTPHospitality 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(r).Learn MoreNews release: https://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4085438.htmlPublication page: https://www.hotel-yearbook.com/edition/37000022.html

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15 November 2017
Inaugural HITEC Dubai, co-produced by HFTP and Naseba.

HFTP Prolinks Webinars - Call for Presentations

14 November 2017
Submit your topic ideas for HFTP's upcoming webinars to help attendees reach their full potential and advance their careers. Topics may include best practices, healthcare reform, legal and government relations, operation solutions, ethics, technology, human resources, risk management, fraud, personal development and more.Webinar presentations are 60 minutes in length. HFTP uses Abila Freestone to produce the webinars. A PowerPoint presentation is required for all webinars and presentations will be available to attendees to download during the webinar.Notification of Acceptance:The HFTP Education Advisory Council will review webinar submissions on a quarterly basis. You will be notified only if your submission is accepted for a webinar. Submissions will be retained on file for one year.SUBMIT TOPICS>

Congratulations to the New Designees: October 2017

13 November 2017
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)) last month. Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New CHAE Designees: Lenore Cruz, CHAE * Controller * McArthur Golf Club * USABrent Nicholas Holden, CHAE * Director of Finance * Marriott Vacations Worldwide * USAMary Beth Ottley, CHAE, CHTP * Director of IT * East West Resorts * USAElijah Spiritoso, CHAE * Controller * Ruth's Chris Steak House * USAJames Sullivan, CHAE * Director of Accounting * White Lodging Services * USANew CHTP Designees:Ron Hardin, CHTP * Principal * Ron Hardin Tech Consulting * USAJoshua Morgan, CHTP * Director of Technology * Horizon Hospitality, LLC * 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>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). 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.

Hospitality Faces GDPR - How HFTP Can Help

10 November 2017
Hospitality Faces GDPR - How HFTP Can HelpNovember 20, 2017 l 10:45-11:45 AM CET l 9:45 - 10:45 AM GMTLearning ObjectivesUnderstanding how GDPR affects Hospitality industryMain issues and challenges that Hospitality facesHospitality Data Protection Officer - a sample Job DescriptionAs 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 to develop Hospitality Data Protection Officer (HDPO) guidelines as well as 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. Discover the key requirements to GDPR, and what this means for the hospitality industry.Meet the PresentersAlvaro Hidalgo is the Managing Partner of FIRST LOGIC consulting and is known for strategy analysis & implementation, market entry, project planning, and compliance with multiple legal & financial frameworks.Carl Weldon is HFTP's Chief Operations Officer, Europe. Weldon is the former Financial Controller Planning at Noble House Pub Co. Known for hospitality finance, IT, revenue management, and member interests and winner of the 2016 HOSPA Outstanding Contribution Award.Learn more: http://ht.ly/gfpS30gtLcI

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: November 2017

7 November 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 November 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.November 8, 2017HFTP Fairfield/Westchester Chapter (USA)4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Fenway Golf ClubFMLA Administration and ACA UpdateClick here for further details and to RSVPHFTP Charlotte Blue Ridge Chapter (USA)6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Country Club of AshevilleHoliday Social and Toy DriveClick here for further details and to RSVPNovember 9, 2017HFTP Long Island Chapter (USA)11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | The Meadow Club of SouthamptonInnovations in InsuranceClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Mid-Jersey Chapter (USA)3:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Plainfield Country ClubEthics PresentationClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Monterey Chapter (USA)6:00-8:30 p.m. | Asilomar Conference GroundsGDPR What You Need to KnowClick here for further details and RSVPNovember 14, 2017HFTP New York City Chapter (USA)5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Park Central HotelDOL Fiduciary Regulations and How They Affect YouClick here for further details and RSVPNovember 15, 2017HFTP Treasure Coast Chapter (USA)5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Piper's Landing Yacht & Country ClubHurricane Preparation and Claims on a Pre and Post Loss BasisClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP New England Club and HFTP New England Hotel Chapters (USA)6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Downtown Harvard Club of BostonSuccessful Communication in the 21st CenturyClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Greater New Orleans Chapter (USA)6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | The University of New Orleans HRT Administration LabUNO Update on Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism, Scholarship PresentationClick here for further details and RSVPNovember 16, 2017HFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter (USA)5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Merion Golf ClubScholarship Awards DinnerClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP South Florida Chapter (USA)4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | EAST, Miami HotelHotel Security Post Las Vega Mass ShootingClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Atlanta Chapter (USA)11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Ford Plantation Golf ClubCurrent Trends in Club TechnologyClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Southern Alberta Chapter (CANADA)12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Cowboys CasinoNew Payroll ChangesClick here for further details and RSVPNovember 17, 2017HFTP Charlotte Blue Ridge Chapter (USA)10:00 a.m. - Noon | Mountaintop Golf & Lake ClubInsurance Loss Control and ClaimsClick here for further details and RSVPHFTP Rocky Mountain Chapter (USA)7:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Johnny Z's Casino - Reserve Casino HotelHoliday PartyClick here for further details and RSVPNovember 28, 2017HFTP Cleveland/Akron Chapter (USA)4:30-6:30 p.m. | The Clevland Skating ClubAnnual Accounting UpdateClick here for further details and RSVPDecember 1-2, 2017HFTP Northern California Chapter (USA)6:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m | Westin Verasa NapaHoliday CelebrationClick herefor further details and RSVPDecember 3, 2017HFTP Valley of the Sun Chapter (USA)5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Main EventHoliday PartyClick herefor further details and RSVP

HFTP at the HOSPACE 2017 Conference and Exhibition

2 November 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is pleased to be a sponsor at the HOSPACE 2017 Conference and Exhibition in London, U.K. on November 2, 2017. HFTP will also be represented at HOSPACE 2017 by HFTP COO Europe Carl Weldon who will be at the HFTP booth in the conference exhibition hall. If you are attending HOSPACE, come by the booth and find out the latest from HFTP as well as a special membership offer to join HFTP for HOSPACE attendees.Weldon along with Alvaro Hidalgo, the Managing Partner of FIRST LOGIC Consulting and chair of the HFTP HDPO Task Force will lead one of HOSPACE's Workshops & Technical Updates at 11:25 a.m. (Nov. 2 London time) called "GDPR--A Major Industry Issue."Weldon and Hidalgo will give the HFTP update on what you can learn from the HFTP Data Protection Officer Task Force and understanding what GDPR will mean to the industry. Learn more about the HOSPACE conference here: http://www.hospace.net/

Friday Evening Portrait Studio at HFTP Annual Convention

26 October 2017
Take home a memory of your time at the 2017 Annual Convention with a portrait photo in your best dressed. A studio will be set up outside the International II, III ballroom. Photos will be available for printing right away. Get a 5x7 printed for $10 USD. #HFTP65Learn More>

View photos from HFTP Annual Convention 2017

26 October 2017
View photos from HFTP Annual Convention 2017 so far on HFTP's Flickr page. Check back, as more photos will be posted throughout the conference. View photos: http://bit.ly/2yOQzue#HFTP65

First Time Attendee Orientation at HFTP Annual Convention 2017

25 October 2017
The First Time Attendee Orientation took place this morning to kickoff the 2017 HFTP Annual Convention. HFTP members and leaders offered first time attendees tips and tricks to navigating the convention's education program and activities, as well as provided an overview of the association. #HFTP65Learn More>Annual Convention 2017 Schedule>

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