Earlier this week, the Nominating Committee – comprised of past Global presidents, Advisory Council chairs and chapter presidents — was tasked with picking the HFTP members that would replace the outgoing members HFTP Global Board of Directors. After a long day of interviews, the Nominating Committee was able to narrow their choices down. Without further ado, here is the official slate for the 2013-2014 Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Arlene Ramirez, CHAE, CHE, MBA
Principal with ADR Hospitality Consulting and Lecturer at the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
Ramirez has had a 20-year career in hospitality finance working in both the hotel and club industries, as well as an academic. Currently she has her own consulting firm and continues as a lecturer at the University of Houston.
She is a long-time member of HFTP and has served on all volunteer levels for the association. She served on the HFTP Global Board from 1997-2000, and again starting in 2012 to present. She is also a former president of the Greater Houston Chapter and a faculty advisor to the HFTP Cougar Student Chapter.
In addition, Ramirez is currently serving as the chair for the second time on the HFTP Education Advisory Council. She has also served as chair for the Communications Editorial Advisory Council and is a current member. She frequently contributes to The Bottomline magazine on topics related to hospitality finance.
Ramirez also has assisted numerous times on special projects for HFTP. Currently she is a project leader for the South America region for the Global Hospitality Accounting Common Practices. She was also a facilitator of the CFO roundtable on the International Reporting Standards.
Outside of HFTP, Ramirez is a member of the National Hispanic Society of MBAs.
IT Consultant for Tech-Tonic Hospitality Solutions
A global hospitality technologist since 1997, Neil has held regional leadership roles with Fairmont, Starwood and Silverbirch (operating Marriott, Hilton and Carlson flagged properties) hotel groups in North America, rounded his knowledge of industry-standard technologies in Asia-Pacific as a regional consultant with MICROS Fidelio, and currently serves as an IT consultant to the hotel industry.
Foster has been involved with HFTP for 13 years and is a member of the British Columbia Chapter. He has been in multiple leadership roles for HFTP, including as vice chair of the International Evaluation Council for two years and as director of the HFTP Asia Chapter.
CFO for The Country Club
Gilchrist is an active member of HFTP. She has been president and vice president of the Cleveland/Akron Chapter. She has served as the Leadership Summit Council Chair for two years, and has been a member of the Education Advisory Council. She is also a frequent speaker at HFTP educational events.
Outside of HFTP, she is a member of the Beechwood Chamber of Commerce and is a member of CMAA. She is also an instructor of a club finance course at Kent State University.
Gillette is the current president of the Greater Puget Sound Chapter President. During her term as the chapter’s vice president, the chapter was given the Chapter of the Year Award. In addition she is the current chair of the HFTP Young Professional Council and served on the Chapter Services Task Force. She is a two-time alumni of the Leadership Summit. And was part of the 2013 Global Strategic Planning Group. She has also been a speaker at HFTP educational events.
Outside of HFTP she is involved with the Washington Lodging Association, Washington Restaurant Association, Greater Puget Sound Chambers of Commerce and the Washington Society of CPAs.
Michael Levie is a founding partner of Netherlands-based citizenM hotels, and heads the group’s operations. Upon graduating from ESSEC with a masters in hospitality management, Levie worked for multiple international hotel chains including Sonesta International and NH Hoteles. These positions took him on assignments all over the world and eventually led to the position of vice president of operations, giving him responsibility for managing large hotel portfolios. He also worked for the reservation management system provider SynXis, starting up and heading their European office.
For HFTP, Levie served as chair of EHTEC for two years and on the HITEC Advisory Council. He has also been a speaker at both EHTEC and HITEC.