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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

 

Move Your Career Forward in 2016

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MovingYourCareerForwardinWEBDETypically the month of January is all about setting goals for yourself. Most people makes goals to lose weight, stay organized or travel more, but what about career goals? Have you made any?Whether you are just starting out in the hospitality industry, overseeing a team or managing your property, make 2016 the year you are moving your career forward down the path to success. HFTP can help you maximize your potential in so many ways. Here are some resources to get you started:

  • Good Communication Skills are Key to Leadership Success — Learn how to use transparency to build trust and motivate employees to exceed expectations with Danny Goldberg, CPA, CIA, CISA.
  • Building a LinkedIn Profile — Explore the social media outlet’s multiple features to help enhance your profile for a more professional presentation with Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM. This article will teach you how to leverage LinkedIn’s capabilities in our hyper-connected industry to convey the professionalism that will set you apart from the rest.
  • Discovering the Secret of Incentives that Work — Beverly Dennis, MBA, CHAE, CHTP discusses how to acknowledge differences in personalities and translate that into “superior customer service, employee retention and a more productive business unit.”

So what are your goals for 2016? Do you want to make meaningful connections or develop new skills? What about to gain industry knowledge to help advance your career? All of these are worthy goals. Rather than looking in different places for help, HFTP membership can provide all the tools and resources you need in one place. Read More »

Chapter Leadership: Choosing Dynamic Content for Your Next Meeting

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SS Blog PostThere are so many items that go into pulling off a successful event from the venue to the food, but the hardest task is often planning the educational content.The first thing you have to do is make a plan. What do your chapter members want to hear about? What is a good time of year to have your educational content meetings? Take all the guess work out of the planning and ASK! Read More »

This Week’s Links from Pineapplesearch 1/22/2016

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This Week’s Links from Pineapplesearch 1/15/2016

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HFTP’s CHAE and CHTP Gain Ground as Recent Updates Take Effect

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CHAECHTPStackedwProfessional education does not end the moment one graduates from university. In fact, the moment a diploma is in hand, is probably the beginning of a long educational journey that builds on years of expertise. HFTP’s two certifications – the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) – have taken a large role in the career path for both hospitality finance and technology professionals. The two designations are designed to demonstrate the holders’ commitment to their industry specialty, and provide employers with a concrete measurement for gauging the designation holders’ knowledge base.

With recent changes to both exams, the numbers of designation holders have started to build, with 17 new CHTP holders in December 2015 based in six different countries (USA, U.K., Mexico, UAE, Bermuda and The Netherlands). Support has come from all levels: from newly-established group designation programs to certifications awarded to high-level IT executives.

HFTP Global Director Michael Levie, CHTP, CEO of CitizenM – an international hotel company with tech-forward properties, just recently earned his CHTP.

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