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It’s Just a Party!…Or is it?

Written by: Jessica Vint, CHAE

Have you ever been in a department store with your child at your side having a meltdown? How about being in a new management position, with a new company and not knowing where to start? Or being a member of an association and wanting to attend a conference, but your boss just says, “It’s just a party…”?

Never fear: there will always be someone out there to judge you. Especially singles, that don’t have any experience in parenting, or worker bees who have no idea of the stresses of management, or a boss who lets you come to Annual Convention, but has never come to find out first-hand what it’s about. Are you catching on? Don’t be so quick to judge when you haven’t even worn my size 9ww shoes. Read More »

A Good Night’s Sleep

Written by: Jessica Vint, CHAE

For quite a few of us today, it was an “ethical” kind of day. Being the proud HFTP certificate holder that I am (CHAE, 2007) and with the new CPE requirements for maintaining 4 points of ethics during your two year reporting period, today was a fabulous day. By attending the three ethics classes offered this week, any HFTP certificate holder was able to clear out the new ethics requirement. Whew! What a relief and a BIG thanks to the HFTP Education Council for making attaining said credits so accessible! Read More »

HFTP Annual Convention — Invest in Yourself

Written by: Jessica Vint, CHAE

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.

Unsuccessful people are always asking, “what’s in it for me?”

The inspirational author Dr. Stephen Covey once said, “strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” This quote encapsulates a large part of the HFTP Annual Convention. If you have ever attended, then you understand the quote. If you haven’t, you owe yourself the opportunity to participate and come to learn from the insight of other long-serving HFTP members.

HFTP is an association that frequently, generously and effectively provides education dedicated to the furthering of the hospitality industry. Having been a part of the industry for over 20 years, means I have a lot of information in my head that could no doubt help others with their hospitality challenges and hiccups. In my experience as an active member of HFTP for more than 10 years, I have found a large part of the membership falls into the “successful people” category as stated above.

So here we are, over 500 wonderful hospitality driven people all networking in the same hotel, in the same meetings, in the same education sessions with all of our differences… sharing our knowledge to help others. If you think about it, how much more “priceless” can you get? Read More »

Meet Jessica Vint, CHAE — Your Annual Convention Insider

Written by: sara

HFTP Connect will feature posts throughout the week of the 2014 Annual Convention & Tradeshow provided from the viewpoint of the official guest blogger, Jessica Vint, CHAE. Find out more about Jessica below and keep watch during the week for her insights as a convention insider. Look for the Official Blogger image in the daily newsletter.

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Recharge, Re-energize and Refocus — At Our Best in a Changing World

Written by: Murray Banks

The hospitality industry is competitive and challenging. In this always changing environment, the most successful accountants and tech pros work hard to be adaptable and resilient. Like world-class athletes, they may not love tough challenges, but they know how to focus to get the job done and they continually do the things they need to do to be successful. And what do they focus on? The goals, not the problems; the outcomes, not the obstacles; what success will look like, not what failure will feel like; the stimulation of the challenge, not the fatigue of the struggle. At several world championships, in both triathlons and skiing, I usually felt a little intimidated, stressed and worried about what might go wrong to ruin months of preparation. A successful performance however, depended on my converting that nervous energy to a positive focus on goals, adapting to the conditions of the day, and knowing that once we got going I would be in my element and that months & years of training had prepared me well for the challenge. You can do the same… convert your stress into positive energy by taking care of yourself, focusing on strategies for success, being agile and staying optimistic.

Here are six tips to help you be at your best every day:

1. Adapt a“lava lamp philosophy”for your work (and life)

Remember the Lava Lamp? Once turned on and warmed up, it is always moving and changing. A Lava Lamp philosophy means you always look at what you are doing and how you can do it better, differently and more effectively. Be agile, flexible, resilient, innovative and imaginative. Read More »

HFTP GenYP Challenge — Are You Ready?

Written by: Dailey Fly

HFTP aims to help develop the professional skills of the industry leaders of tomorrow, and will support this initiative with an exclusive Young Professionals education program at the upcoming HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow. A highlight of the program is the first GenYP Challenge, an interactive competition that will encourage the participating young professionals and students to put their professional skills to the test.

About the GenYP Challenge: The Big Easy Edition

The objective of the GenYP Challenge is to increase the involvement of the young professional and student members of HFTP and HFTP Annual Conference & Tradeshow attendees. This challenge will:

  • Engage the student and young professional attendees with specific conference education;
  • Allow participants to network with peers and industry leaders;
  • Push participants to think outside the box during GenYP case studies;
  • Provide hands on learning experience to apply education and real life experience. Read More »

2014 Annual Convention Guest Bloggers Needed – Apply Today!

Written by: sara

Returning this year, HFTP Connect is looking for professionals involved with the hospitality industry who would like to write original and educational blog posts about their Annual Convention & Tradeshow experience.

Official Blogger Benefits:

Complimentary Full Conference Registration which includes admittance to all convention activities, including scheduled meal functions, exhibits, Welcome Reception, President’s Evening and educational sessions.

Credit as the author of the blog post and links to blogger’s web site, social media accounts, etc.

Official Blogger Requirements:

Five blog posts related to the conference, see Guidelines for acceptable posts:

•  One prior to Annual Convention & Tradeshow
•  Three during the week of  the Annual Convention & Tradeshow
•  One post conference
If the official blogger fails to perform the blogger requirements, the blogger will be charged for the amount of the Annual Convention Full Conference Registration ($625 USD).

If you’re interested, please send a brief description on why you would be a good guest blogger and a sample of writing to Sara Shafer by August 25, 2014.

Disclaimer: As an association, HFTP may not endorse or promote a product or vendor. HFTP Connect is educational in nature and blog posts must not be sales-oriented. Products or vendors may only be mentioned in an educational format.

Paragon — A Model of Excellence

Written by: Agnes L. DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE

With the Annual Convention and Tradeshow  just a few months away, the time has come again to nominate a peer for the 2014 HFTP Paragon Award. A panel of industry experts selects the award winner, who will be recognized at the Annual Convention & Tradeshow in October. Nominations for 2014 are due to the HFTP Global Office by August 11. Read the post below from recipient Agnes DeFranco, CHAE to learn more about this distinguished award.

The word paragon means a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality, a model of excellence. To that end, in 1999, HFTP selected two individuals, who have made a significant and lasting contribution to both HFTP and the hospitality industry, to be the inaugural Paragon Award recipients. Ms. Alice Bank and Mr. Henry “Buddy” Weeks carried the banner in 1999. Since then, a total of 18 individuals have been honored with this accolade.

Unlike other awards, the Paragon is most inclusive. It is an HFTP award, however the nominees are not restricted to HFTP members. They can be representatives of industry-related associations, societies or trade publications. They can also be leaders from hospitality businesses, educational institutions and other related disciplines. The Paragon is also most prestigious because individuals are not only nominated, but the nomination requires recommendation letters to be submitted to a panel of industry experts — peers of the potential recipient — to choose the winner. Read More »

A Final Glance Through the Rearview Mirror

Written by: Monica Henegar

Sitting at my departure gate at LAX, I am reflecting upon the events of the that took place during the Club and Hotel Controllers Conference. It will take some time for all of the information  to settle into my mind, so I can fully appreciate the true value of the experience.

The conference center felt overwhelmingly large at the beginning as my colleagues and I were learning to navigate our way from one session to the next or through the exhibitor booths. The exhibits addressed all the technological needs, opportunities and dreams our properties could ever have. Everyone was very helpful, welcoming and above all knowledgeable about the products they were marketing. The one thing I would complain about is that the sessions rooms were on the cold side, which meant that I ended up spending half my breaks warming up in the sun instead of browsing through the exhibits.

The educations sessions were very informative and addressed a variety of subjects that I found relevant for improving my daily work, from information security, to career advancement, to revenue management and fraud detection. All of the speakers were inspiring and passionate about their subject. I was happy to note that the subjects were general in nature, which made them relevant to all properties internationally. Read More »

HITEC in Hindsight

Written by: James Lingle

For the longest time, the running question for late night TV viewers was “Are you Leno or Letterman”? For me it has always been Letterman. Don’t get me wrong, Leno is great – but there was always something about the Top 10 list that I looked forward to. It is in that spirit, but with far less tongue in cheek humor, that I share with you 5 (or so) things I found pretty cool at HITEC this year. Warning – some of this is just for fun!

  1. Robert Irvine – I love the Food Network – and if you know me – I love food. I heard he was at the Comcast Business booth a couple of times. That would have been almost as cool to see as Warren Moon was in Minneapolis!
  2. Intello – This is a company that had a start in HSIA with our friends north of the border and is bringing a seriously compelling and affordable product to the market of digital signage. Cloud based and cost effective on the hardware and services side, I will be getting to know this company much better. They could bring affordable digital signage to hotels that previously would have never considered it. Read More »

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