Social Clubs and the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Tax View on Qualified Disaster Payments

Written by: James J. Reilly, CPA, JD On March 13, 2020, [United States] President Trump declared a national emergency under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the “Declaration”) because of the challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The Declaration provides methods for employers, including social clubs,…

A Collection of COVID-19 Resources Centering on Hospitality

HFTP continues to monitor the news surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on the hospitality industry. The health and safety of our members and stakeholders remains a top priority. Therefore, HFTP has compiled a list of outside resources designed to inform the hospitality industry. Continue to check this blog post; more hospitality-specific…

Ask the Expert: What Is the Worst Way to Approach Digital Transformation?

Lindsay Herbert is an expert on the subject of digital transformation — she even wrote the book on it. She has received international praise for her book Digital Transformation, which gives a practical and direct approach to innovation that dispels the myths behind the business world’s most infamous buzzword. Herbert…

Survey Shows Areas of Agreement, Improvement for USALI Future Editions

The AH&LA Financial Management Committee (FMC) conducted a survey on the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI) earlier this year, specifically focusing on issues that merit further discussion by the FMC. Revisions to the USALI are overseen by the FMC, a majority of which are also HFTP members. Robert Mandelbaum is…

Proven Methods to Reduce Stress at Work and in Life

Written by: Dr. Barry Carlin, HFTP 2019 Annual Convention speaker Every organization wants to run in the most efficient, productive and profitable manner, and that requires maximal functioning in every department. And every task in every department — from executive and financial to the front and back of the house…

From the Expert: Learn How to Excel at Microsoft Excel

Written by: Bill Jelen, HFTP 2019 Annual Convention speaker I was recently having lunch with a club CFO. She explained to me that it was difficult to do year-over-year comparisons because each of their two golf courses had been closed for renovation. One was closed last year, and the other…

All About Cloud: Insights from a Cloud Strategist

When it comes to all things cloud (What exactly is cloud, anyway? Where does it exist? Why should it matter to me and my business?), it is often best to defer to the expertise of an enterprise cloud strategist like Jeremy Ward, co-host of the new Cloudbusting podcast. Ward is an IT leader…

Personalizing the Guest Experience While Protecting their Privacy — A HITEC Europe Preview

As competition intensifies and technology evolves, the hospitality industry must rise to meet the latest expectations of all traveling demographics — and that now includes a customized guest experience. The modern traveler has come to expect a certain level of personalization that saves them both time and energy while also…

Multiple Ways to Reach an Ethical Conclusion: Considering Real-life Professional Dilemmas

Written by: Thomas G. Smith, CHAE It has been many years now since Ethics education was added as a requirement for CHAE/CHTP maintenance. It was an addition that the HFTP Global board approved of during my tenure as a way to not only account for a designee’s knowledge of the…

How to Connect in an Over-Distracted World (And Other Lessons from Leaders in Human Behavior)

Leaders face a mounting challenge in today’s increasingly technological world. People have a host of distracting devices now available at their fingertips. According to research compiled by the HFTP Americas Research Center, Americans check their phone on average once every 12 minutes. Conversations are consistently interrupted by cell phone pings or instant email…