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Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch 4/07/16

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Weekly Connect Logo 2Weekly Connect from Pineapplesearch.com. This week’s tour of news and information from Pineapplesearch.com. Here is what happened in hospitality this week:

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Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch 4/01/16

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Weekly Connect from Pineapplesearch.com. This week’s tour of news and information from Pineapplesearch.com. Here is what happened in hospitality this week:

Visit and register at Pineapplesearch.com – the hospitality-specific search engine – for the latest news and information. When you register you can customize your experience, bringing the topics of interest to you front and center; as well as elect to receive a weekly news digest delivered via email.

Recap of Digital Learning Day

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DLD16EMHeaderOn March 23, 2016, HFTP held its first Digital Learning Day which was open to any professional who was interested in expanding their knowledge of the industry. Digital Learning Day covered a range of topics including ethics, cyber security, physical security and online presence. Perhaps the best perk of Digital Learning Day was that anyone could tune in to the webinars right from their own desk. Learning has never been so easy!The first session of the day was presented by Philip E. Flora, CIA, CISA, CFE, CCSA of FloBiz & Associates, LLC. Flora’s session, “Business Ethics: Friend or Foe? Help or Hindrance? Important for Success?” delved into a great discussion on the impact that governance, ethics, culture, bias, greed and success have on organizations and their culture. Flora posed questions to attendees to help them reflect on their organization’s current ethical culture and described how to best handle instances of unethical behavior. In order to run a successful organization, Flora stresses that “tone at the top of an organization is critical.” As leaders, it is important to set clear policies, rules and guidelines and apply them consistently to all employees. Ethics continues to be a hot-topic for hospitality professionals as well as other industries across the board. Read More »

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch 3/24/16

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Weekly Connect Logo 2Weekly Connect from Pineapplesearch.com. This week’s tour of news and information from Pineapplesearch.com. Here is what happened in hospitality this week:

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Dispatches from HFTP Global: HTNG North America Conference

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HTNGblogLyleLet me begin this blog post by saying that everyone should visit Florida in March. The weather was perfect: sunny and beautiful during the day, and comfortably cool at night. It was clearly off season at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, but that didn’t stop a large group of hospitality vendors and technology professionals from making the trip to a small island north of Jacksonville to discuss topics ranging from security to messaging standards.

DispatchesAs a long time supporter of HTNG, HFTP was proud to sponsor and attend the conference, and there were several current and past board members in attendance. It was a week of strategic meetings, vendor presentations, and my favorite part – the TechOvation awards, in which HFTP’s CMO Jennifer Lee, CAE pitched PineappleSearch.com to the attendees. As Jennifer spoke to the crowd about this incredible tool HFTP has created for the industry, I was thrilled to see so many people in the audience browsing to the site from their laptops, tablets and phones. The winner of the TechOvation competition was Interel, who demonstrated their innovative approach to water management, which has an added benefit of dramatically reducing the cost of plumbing in hotels. And everyone’s favorite robot delivery service from HITEC, Savioke, came in second.

It was very interesting to see how the workgroups meet, and especially how ideas for new workgroups are proposed. HTNG’s goal is clearly to bring vendors and technology professionals together to solve some of the more important challenges we all face together. Congratulations to HTNG for their largest North American conference to date, it was clearly a great success! I certainly enjoyed myself and am excited to see what the future holds.

Worthington_LylewHFTP Global Vice President Lyle Worthington, CHTP is a hospitality technology consultant. He is a frequent speaker and author discussing hospitality IT-related topics. 

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch 3/18/16

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Weekly Connect Logo 2Weekly Connect from Pineapplesearch.com. This week’s tour of news and information from Pineapplesearch.com. Here is what happened in hospitality this week:

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25 Years of Excellence

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Hi There!There are so many ingredients that are needed for an organization to be successful. However, the main ingredient needed is an excellent leader. This week marks the 25th anniversary of the longest tenure of any staff member in our history: Frank I. Wolfe, CAE, HFTP’s chief executive officer.Frank Wolfe and Lucinda HartAs HFTP’s CEO, Frank not only promotes the association’s mission to its members, but also to its employees and other professionals in the hospitality and association industries. Many of you know of Frank’s HFTP accolades, which are well deserved. However, I would like to share an insight on what I believe makes him successful as HFTP’s leader and a key ingredient to HFTP’s success. I am pleased to share with you the leadership traits and qualities that encompass my friend and mentor – Frank I. Wolfe, CAE.In 1994 when Frank began his tenure as EVP/CEO, I was a young (20 year old), recently married college drop-out that needed to find a real job. Fortunately for me, Frank hired me from a temporary position as the association’s receptionist. Frank’s values and work ethics allowed me to demonstrate my skills on many levels. He never refused to assign me projects based on my position in the organization.The instrumental impact Frank had on my career was in 2003. As my mentor and coach, Frank called me into his office and said: “Lucinda, have you considered what your professional goals are? You’ve been in association management for nine years now and I think you should pursue getting your Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.” Okay, so it was more like “Lucinda, go get your CAE designation.” Until this point I never considered my job as a career; I just really liked where I worked and who I worked for. Needless to say, that made me reflect on what I was doing professionally and in 2005 I attained the CAE designation, in 2011 I finished my undergraduate degree, and in 2014 I completed my MBA. All the while, Frank kept saying — “Go, Go, Go!” Read More »

Behind the Scenes with HITEC 2016

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Tudgay_Richard150sqHITEC season is beginning to pick up speed and HITEC Advisory Council Chair, Richard Tudgay, is excited to share what this year’s event has in store for attendees. This year’s event will take place in New Orleans, La. USA June 20-23 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Start-up pitch competition, Entrepreneur 20X (E20X), will be back following an impressively successful debut at HITEC 2015, along with exceptional educational programming, numerous networking opportunities, and a top-notch show floor filled with the industry’s best vendors.

Each year, the HITEC advisory council (HAC) works tirelessly to be sure that HITEC is delivering the greatest experience possible to attendees and exhibitors. The council is comprised of professionals from across the industry, including allied groups, to ensure a well-rounded event that is representative of the entire industry. Tudgay explains, “The planning went very well because of the different opinions and viewpoints that each council member brought.” This year, the HAC includes voices from American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA), Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) and the International Hospitality Information Technology Association (iHITA). In working together, this group is able to further the industry as a whole and create an environment which fosters innovation, learning and success.

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Dispatches from HFTP Global: CMAA World Conference

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CMAA2016DispatchesHappiness, that was the theme of the first general opening session at the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) 89th World Conference held this past February 22 – 25, 2016 in San Diego, Calif. The speaker, Douglas A. Smith, was very insightful and explained how to be happy in your life and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be happy. To provide a quick overview, he mentioned to not dwell on the past and what may have gone wrong; instead live and enjoy the present and do not obsess about the future. He was great, spoke from experience and injected just the right amount of humor.

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This Week’s Links from Pineapplesearch 2/12/2016

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PsearchLinks A selection of this week’s interesting articles from Pineapplesearch.com — a hospitality-specific search site. Log-in to Pineapplesearch.com to customize the content to your areas of interest.

Links for February 12, 2016

 

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