Hospitality Controllers: Take Your Career Up a Level With a Program Designed for You


Become a better club or hotel controller when you attend the 2019 HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference later this month (June 18–19) at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.

In just a few short weeks, attendees will immerse themselves in professional development specifically tailored to hospitality controllers for two full days alongside more than 100 of their industry peers. The educational program is designed to help you focus on current and emerging issues, best practices and complex challenges in your field.

Learn the tips and tricks to become a veritable accounting pro, a better leader to your employees, a financial “point person” in your workplace, and an integral part of your team with these educational sessions taking place at the 2019 Club and Hotel Controllers Conference.

There Is No Need for Fuzzy Dice Above Your Excel Dashboards

Learn how to “excel” at Microsoft Excel dashboards with some of the best techniques for compiling, analyzing and presenting data in simple dashboard formats. Review the differences between a homemade table and a smart Excel table. Explore common formulas and learn how to optimize a dashboard presentation, develop appropriate databases, control the quality of the data, rank results and finally assemble your Excel dashboard.

Attend this session: Tuesday, June 18 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Become a Smart Club — Uncover Opportunities From Your Own Data

Private clubs around the world collect huge amounts of member usage data. However, clubs stop short in using the data to better understand their members and uncover new business opportunities.

Discover the data analytics strategies and best practices used by the country’s leading private clubs. Explore common challenges to data analysis and assess the readiness of your own club, while you also experience a live demo of related software.

Attend this session: Tuesday, June 18 | 10:20 – 11:10 a.m.

How RPA Revolutionizes the Hospitality Back-Office

Robotic process automation (RPA) has changed back-office processes in all sorts of industries — but in hospitality, the customer has to come first. This session provides a background on RPA for those unfamiliar with it and explains the different ways that hospitality controllers can use automation to optimize the back-office without redirecting resources from other priorities.

Problems that seem simple at first are often more complex than you realize: this session will help you find the creative solutions to address them.

Attend this session: Tuesday, June 18 | 10:20 – 11:10 a.m.

Cybersecurity in the Workplace: The Responsibility of Employees

The weakest links in every company’s cybersecurity efforts are its employees. Empower your employees to take more responsibilities in protecting your company through education and awareness.

Explore the various cyberattack methods that affect the workplace, and how to identify these threats in order to combat them and prevent future attacks. Identify appropriate steps to take if you feel your company has experienced an attack and highlight the policies and procedures included in your own effective Cybersecurity Awareness Policy.

Attend this session: Tuesday, June 18 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Productivity Mastery

It is all right there in the session’s titleFirst thing Wednesday morning, June 19, get the practical tools and strategies you need to help you discern your priorities, manage your days and accomplish more in your professional life with joy and sanity.

Attend this session: Wednesday, June 19 | 8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

Don’t be a CF-No and Other Tips on How to be an Effective Finance Leader

It has happened to all of us — when we are not consulted on an important decision or excluded from a critical meeting. Maybe it is you. Ask yourself, are you a “CF-No”? Or, maybe it is them — Do you work for a “CE-No”?

The session will help you earn a seat at the table and think like an owner. Become someone who is seen as a valuable resource for accomplishing objectives and build trust with your colleagues. Get advice on picking your battles with a tough CEO, and understand your role as both an educator and dynamic presenter.

Attend this session: Wednesday, June 19 | 10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Several other topics will be addressed at the 2019 Club and Hotel Controllers Conference that will help you become a better controller:

  • Imminent Accounting Issues for Private Clubs — This interactive session will discuss the major accounting issues facing private clubs today. Come prepared and be ready to discuss by brushing up on the latest ASC updates beforehand.
    Attend this session: Tuesday, June 18 | 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Recent Accounting Standard Changes and the Impact on the Hospitality Industry — This session will explore in-depth two accounting standard changes, the new Revenue Recognition Standard (ASC 606) and the new Leasing Standard (ASC 842).
    Attend this session: Tuesday, June 18 | 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
  • How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Technology — This session will offer a basic primer of AI’s foundational concepts, strengths and weaknesses. Discover some futurists’ outlooks on how AI will change work, leisure and our lives in the not-too-distant future.
    Attend this session: Tuesday, June 18 | 4:05 – 4:55 p.m.
  • Top 10 Accounting Policies Every Club Must Have in Place — This session will emphasize and explain the importance of accounting policies and standardized procedures that will improve the quality, understanding and efficiency of financial reporting.
    Attend this session: Wednesday, June 19 | 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Mitigation and Contingency Planning and Execution — This session will help you ready your business for unexpected budget changes that may come your way.
    Attend this session: Wednesday, June 19 | 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Business Ethics: Real Scenario’s from Today’s Workplace — This session will give you a better understanding of current trends in ethics’ rules and enforcement, and explore examples of effective and ineffective leadership when it comes to ethical dilemmas. It will focus on real-world ethical cases and discuss what we can learn from them.
    Attend this session: Wednesday, June 19 | 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
  • Top 10 Things Controllers Need to Know — Learn the top 10 things every controller should know in order to perform at the highest level, not only in preparing financial data but also in being an integral part of the leadership team at your club or hotel.
    Attend this session: Wednesday, June 19 | 2:40 – 3:55 p.m.

Still Time to Register!

It is not too late to register to attend the 2019 Club and Hotel Controllers Conference if you have not already done so. Full conference registration includes access to all of the incredible educational opportunities described above.

It also includes access to the popular Entrepreneur20X (E20X) startup competition, the HITEC Opening Keynote session, the HITEC Opening Party presented by Samsung®, and the HITEC Exhibit Hall.

Briana Gilmore is the HFTP Communications Coordinator.
Briana can be reached at or +1 (512) 220-4017.

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