Last week, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) hosted 600 members and hospitality industry professionals for education and networking at the HFTP Annual Convention. The convention is defined by three days of intense, industry-specific education sessions, inspirational and informative general sessions, a display of table top exhibits and numerous social events where the HFTP community connects annually.
"This year's Annual Convention had a festive atmosphere, delivering an excellent education program along with numerous opportunities for connections amongst attendees," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "It is the primary event where HFTP members celebrate their part in the association."
The event's education schedule offered attendees the opportunity to choose from 47 sessions on trending industry topics including: mobile apps, Excel tutorials, budget process, benchmarking, cybersecurity, labor laws, healthy work habits and much more. In traditional HFTP fashion, the Annual Convention featured three general sessions, attendee networking, and the annual HFTP business meeting. In addition, 30 exhibitors with industry-related products and services were available to speak with the professionals in attendance.
In conjunction with the convention, the newly-established HFTP Foundation held multiple fundraisers this last week to help get the organization's strategic programming off the ground. The new philanthropic arm is to oversee the association's research centers and scholarship fundraising. At the Annual Convention, the Foundation ran a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. In addition, it promoted a month-long Founding Donors campaign.
Annual Convention also represents a time for HFTP to recognize outstanding achievement from individuals and HFTP chapters that embody the success of the association. Below were this year's industry-leading award recipients that were selected by industry colleagues and peers.
- 2019 CHTP of the Year: Shareef Fahmy, CHAE, CHTP
- 2019 CHAE of the Year: Ke (Freeman) Deng, CHAE, Director of Operations at the Jinmao Hotel
- 2019 Paragon Award: Thomas Smith, CHAE, Chief Business Officer at the Imperial Golf Club
- 2019 Technology Hall of Fame: Sudharshan Chary, co-founder and president of Datavision Technologies, Inc.
- 2019 President's Award: Justin Taillon, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head at Highline College
- 2019 HFTP Chapters of the Year: HFTP Monterey Chapter (Tier A: 1-35 members); HFTP Florida Manasota Chapter (Tier B: 36-70 members); HFTP Mid-Florida Chapter (Tier C: 71+ members)
- 2019 HFTP Student Chapter of the Year: HFTP University of Houston Cougar Student Chapter
The association's new 2019-2020 HFTP Global Board was installed during the event's HFTP Annual Tribute to Success on Friday evening and Michael Levie, CHTP assumed his role as the new HFTP Global President. Pictures from the event are now available in an online gallery.
Dates are already set for the next two Annual Conventions: in 2020 it is slated for October 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA; and in 2021 it is slated for September 22-24 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada. For more information about HFTP's Annual Convention and other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at email@example.com 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.
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