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Super Monday

Written by: Randy Craven, CHTP

HITEC Monday is the day of super sessions that last up to two and a half hours. Does anyone know how to condense four of these into my 500-word limit?

The first session of the day was also my favorite, “Building a Better Hotel Infrastructure” led by Robin Koetje, Ken Barnes and James Lingle. It was the sort of block-and-tackle information that I come to HITEC for. Here are a few of the many great points made:

  • You’ve got to start with the environment. what are the brand standards and other decisions that are already made for you?  What is the owner’s vision and mindset? Are they in it for the long haul, or to flip? Do they want to push the envelope in terms of technology and guest services, or play to the low denominator? What are the local requirements; for example is water abundant or scarce? Read More »

A View From the Back Aisle

Written by: James Lingle

I know it is early, but I am already hearing the same question I hear every year, “What do you think about the traffic on the show floor?” Everyone seems concerned about how many people are walking around at the show. I know it matters, but I have to wonder if it matters as much as we think. After all, the show floor is sold out and attendance seems strong from what I can see, even in the educational sessions.

Sometimes I think we judge the success of a show by how many people we have to squeeze past as we try to get to the next appointment. Do we take into consideration the size of the hall or the time of day or the people who are trying to get out early (we know who we are!) Read More »

What Can This Do For Me?

Written by: Samuel Ayisi

HITEC is here again and this year we are heading for the City of Angels. If you’ve never visited Los Angeles, then this might also be a good opportunity to see what the city has to offer. I’ve been told that it’s an exciting city, but don’t ask me. Apart from a short flight change years ago, I’ve never spent time in L.A., so this trip should be interesting!

I assume that those of us attending HITEC 2014 are looking forward to interacting with exhibitors and expanding our knowledge through the educational sessions – all in an effort to discover what the available technology, new or old, can do for us. Some may also be excited about opportunities to network with peers, explore new business partnerships, or the chance to catch up with friends and colleagues. Hopefully, this year’s event will be exciting, interesting, and fruitful for all of us! Read More »

HITEC is for learning too…

Written by: James Lingle

There are a lot of reasons to attend HITEC. For some, it is about the exhibit hall – the opportunity to address an issue or to see what’s new and exciting in the industry. For others, it is a social occasion – time to meet industry friends we see all too infrequently or have a blast at that big vendor bash. When I was on the hotelier side, it was my opportunity to meet nearly every vendor I did business with in one spot – I just expected them to be there (let’s face it – sometimes you can be more noticed by your lack of participation than the size of your booth). Read More »

A Time for Sharpening Our Tech Skills

Written by: Randy Craven, CHTP

One glance at my inbox says it all… HITEC is just around the corner.  It’s time to step back from the day-to-day and get immersed in what’s happening with technology in our industry. From a career standpoint, this is what Dr. Stephen Covey (in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) called “Sharpening the Saw.”

This will be my third conference. After my first HITEC in 2012, I kicked myself for not having been there all along. Even though it’s a bit of a hike from North Carolina, it has become a must-attend event for me.

We all share the feeling that keeping up with technology in our industry is an overwhelming task. None of us can know everything about hospitality technology (although some of my HFTP colleagues do amazingly well at it), but our constituents — whether we call them clients, coworkers, or something else — seem to think that we should. Read More »

Why HFTP? Why CHCC?

Written by: Monica Henegar

When I received the email about the upcoming HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference and saw the location was sunny Los Angeles, which I have traveled through but never really had a chance to explore, I decided that I wanted to go. The “why” never came up until I actually submitted the request for approval to my employer, and had to make a case for it.

HFTP is the first professional organization that I have belonged to, aside from my professional accounting association. Initially, I was invited along to the local chapter meetings, which take place monthly at different clubs and hotels in the area. Other than the attraction of great lunches and wines mid-day, as each property brings out their best to impress the rest, the sessions always provided interesting and varied educational topics that I was able to apply in my daily work. Read More »

Announcing the HFTP 2014 – 2015 HFTP Global Board Slate

Written by: R.P. Rama, CHA, CHAE, CHTP

Earlier this year, the nominating committee – comprising past HFTP Global past presidents, advisory council chairs and chapter presidents — were tasked with picking the HFTP members that would replace the outgoing directors of the HFTP Global Board. 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 2014-2015 HFTP Global Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Executive Committee

HFTP Global President Daniel Conti, Jr., CHAE, CAM, director of finance for Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place
HFTP Global Vice President Ian Millar, CHTP, senior lecturer, Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne
HFTP Global Treasurer Arlene Ramirez, MBA, CHE, CHAE, principle of ADR Hospitality Consulting
HFTP Global Secretary Lyle Worthington, CHTP, self employed consultant
HFTP Global Immediate Past President Jerry Trieber, CPA, CHAE, CFE, CFF, CGMA vice president of finance for Crescent Hotels & Resorts

New Global Directors

Director Ted Horner, E. Ted Horner and Associates Pty. Ltd.
Director Chris Koepper, CPA, CFO of  The Cliffs
Director Scot Campbell, CHTP, vice president of strategy for Caesars
Director Christopher Garland, senior vice president of operations finance for Four Seasons Hotels Ltd.

In accordance with Article X, Section 3, of the bylaws, should the slate above remain uncontested, the HFTP Secretary will cast a single ballot at the HFTP Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Convention & Tradeshow in New Orleans, LA. The Secretary will then declare the mentioned individuals as duly elected.

Raman P. Rama, CHA, CHAE, CHTP, served as chair of the HFTP 2014-2015 nominating committee and is the HFTP Global Immediate Past President. Rama is also the vice president and CIO/CTO of JHM Hotels.

Development of the New CHTP Certification Program Moves Full Steam Ahead

Written by: Bryan Wood

With HITEC 2014 just a few short weeks away, I thought it would be timely to go ahead and update the industry on the latest progress HFTP has made concerning the CHTP Certification Program since the CHTP Task Force meeting earlier this year.

At the HFTP March council meetings, the Certification Advisory Council and a few members from the CHTP Task Force, revisited where the CHTP is today. The group then took an in-depth look at the current CHTP certification program examination questions. The group eliminated several more subjective and for lack of a better term, ‘dated’ exam questions from the pool. As a result of that review, the exam question pool was also significantly reduced, leaving approximately 242 usable questions that can be applied toward the new CHTP exam that is currently being developed. Read More »

[Ask the Experts] HITEC 2014 Keynote Rachel Botsman

Written by: Sara Shafer

As we lead up to HITEC 2014, HFTP Connect will be talking to industry experts and keynote speakers about their expertise and how it relates to the hospitality industry through the Ask the Experts column.

An expert view on the revolutionary Collaborative Economy and the hospitality industry

Rachel Botsman is a global thought leader on the power of collaboration and sharing through digital technologies to transform the way we live, work and consume. She has inspired a new consumer economy with her influential book What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live. TIME Magazine recently called Collaborative Consumption one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change the World.” Rachel is the founder of Collaborative Lab, the leading source of expertise for businesses and governments that want to embrace the collaborative economy to revolutionize business and society.

1. How did collaborative consumption theory become your brain child?

Five years ago, I started to wonder how ideas such as eBay, Zipcar and Airbnb were connected. What I recognized, was the early stages of a transformation in how technology could match ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ changing not just what we would consume but how we would consume through collaborative models and marketplaces; hence the term ‘collaborative consumption.’ Read More »

Meet the Inaugural Guest Blogger for the Club and Hotel Controllers Conference

Written by: Sara Shafer

New for 2014, HFTP Connect has selected one individual to fulfill the role of the official conference Guest Blogger. Please help us in welcoming Club and Hotel Controllers Conference newcomer and Guest Blogger Monica Henegar.

Monica grew up in Romania and immigrated to Canada in her early twenties. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in May 2005 with a double major in finance and accounting. In January 2006, Monica was hired as an accounting assistant at Capilano Golf and Country Club, and received her CGA designation in 2009. She is currently the controller at Capilano Golf and Country Club, and has recently began working toward obtaining the Forensic Accounting Designation. Monica is a member of the HFTP British Columbia chapter.

Look for this symbol on HFTP Connect posts to show you that the blogger is an official guest blogger of CHCC 2014.

Please note:
The content published in this section was provided by the CHCC Guest Blogger and not of HFTP, nor any person or organization affiliated or doing business with HFTP.

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