Pay or Play? Deciding on Employee Health Care Coverage

Pay or Play? I started my second day listening to the Thursday Keynote’s, Shawn Achor’s, excellent presentation on how concentrating on the positives improves your career success. I ended the day wondering how I was going to apply his principles to…

Jewels of Information

Borrowing the theme of this year’s Leadership Summit, this week has been a diamond mine. You see mostly rough rock, but if you dig into the sessions, you’ll find jewels of information. Here are some of the gems that have been…

Hello to the New Faces at the Annual Convention

Breaking News: Orlando makes history for the third time in 16 years. In 1996 for the first time, there were over 600 attendees at the HFTP Convention. In 2003 again in Orlando that number surpassed 700 and now in 2012…

It’s About Friendship, Fellowship and Mutual Interests

I’m sitting in a pitch-black ballroom with 150 strangers, trying to make an origami diamond and the directions are coming from a man who is trying to read the instructions while wearing a miner’s headlamp. What have I gotten myself…

Don’t Change Your Life – Change Your Day

Don’t change your life — change your day. When you think about it, it really makes sense. Only you have the ability to turn the day around from a day that brings you down because of the stressful situations that…

It’s Right There at Your Fingertips: Tips from the 2012 Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit is like a bowl of Halloween Candy. There is a lot of it, and it’s all worth having. But there are always those favorites that you separate out and try to savor later. One choice treat came…

Building a Chapter Web Site: Part 1

As board members of the Greater Nashville Chapter of the HFTP, we find ourselves often wondering two things: How can we build our membership, and how can we engage our membership on a more regular basis? Fairly typical questions for…

Time to Make Your Plan of Attack

 Conference Registration Submitted  Flight booked  Hotel Confirmed So it all begins – the 60th Anniversary Celebration at the 2012 HFTP Annual Convention and Tradeshow. It is an event that promises to bring fellow hospitality professionals together to…

40 Years of HFTP Membership

Chapter One: The journey began in the summer of 1970 on my appointment as chief accountant at the Playboy Club/Hotel in Boscobel (near Ocho Rios), Jamaica. I joined the local HAAJ leading to membership in the international body, NAH-MA. When…

Annual Convention: Home Away from Home

Way back when, when I first became involved with my local Manasota Chapter, I thought I’d just be getting some education that would help me in my new career. But, I found out early on that I received a lot…