After an exhausting day at the Texas State Fair near the Cotton Bowl with the representatives from the San Jose State University student chapter, we got a nice, Texas welcome at the exhibit hall and Welcome Reception. It was nice to dine on the hors d’eouvres here at the Hilton Anatole after a day of fried Oreos and corn dogs. I stopped by a few booths that caught my eye, particularly the stuffed animals that Post Integration gave away. Since I didn’t win much at the carnival games at the Fair, I nabbed one here at our Convention.
On Thursday, I started early with “Now Presenting…,” given by Terry Price, CHAE, CHTP, CPA and Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE. The presentation was on guest speaking, and I am no longer more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full-a rockin’ chairs. OK, I digress. I should not use Texas Talk in my future presantations (sic) and I must learn how to proofread as well.
Following up was a keynote address by native Texan and popular talk show host, Vicki Hitzges, who trained with the late Zig Ziglar, a popular motivational speaker known for his wisdom, as well as his Southern charm. Vicki embraces the “keep-on learning” ethic, just as Paragon Award winner, AH&LA’s Joe McInerney, CHA who keeps on keeping-on the learning trek. And how about Shareef Fahmy, who scored the highest grades for his CHAE designation this year and earned the CHAE of the Year Award? I need to bolt down from San Francisco to Fahmy’s Monterey Peninsula to grab me a few pointers so I can take the test soon.
There are still a bonanza of great subjects to choose on Day Two here in Dallas. I know that I will make it a priority to take a look at the great list on the docket for Friday. To quote Zig Ziglar, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” I’m fixin’-ta to choose my own convention here at HFTP. I hope y’all do the same! Enjoy the rest of the Day, Two!
Tony has been an hotel accounting and financial professional since 1994, he held positions such as night audit manager, staff accountant, assistant controller, controller and CFO with companies such as Hilton, IHG, Coastal Hotel Group and Marin Management, Inc. Currently, Tony is the president of the Northern California (San Francisco Bay Area) Chapter.
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