Written By: Joshua Bergen, CHAE, CHTP
HFTP® Annual Convention 2016 is next week in Las Vegas, Nevada USA – register today!
Less than a week until HFTP’s Annual Convention, and I am counting down like a kid at Christmas. Every year my desired outcomes shift as my career has shifted and as time goes on. One year, it is all about meeting the vendors as I search for the next big technology. This year, one of my goals is to complete my continuing education requirements for my CHAE® and CHTP® certifications. Although my goals change from year to year, one thing that never changes is my excitement to catch up with old friends and, of course, make new friends.
I still remember my first HFTP convention from when I was in the student chapter at the University of Central Florida more than 10 years ago. The one thing I knew about HFTP was that for the last seven years, three of my bosses and one of my favorite professors, Dr. Le Burto, were involved with HFTP – I wanted to know more about HFTP in order to become a leader like they were for me.
Being able to attend my first convention was not easy. I thought the company I worked for would pay for my membership and attendance, but that was not the case. There were companies in later years that supported me and understood the value of HFTP; however, I find that this year, just like my first convention, I am solely responsible for my membership dues and attendance. Nonetheless, I always find a way to attend because it is important to me, and I do see the value in the HFTP organization – especially the conventions which help me grow, year after year.
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