Destination Club Summit 2022: See You in San Antonio for Advanced Club Strategies in March

The HFTP Club Advisory Council has been hard at work for the past few months on the HFTP 2022 Club Summit — planning a comprehensive educational agenda packed with the latest trends and information for clubs at a time when the standards are constantly changing in response to pandemic and economic shifts. Their collaboration and collective expertise resulted in the following eight sessions to prepare clubs for accounting, recruiting, board positioning, improving member services and operating in 2022 and beyond.

Now in its fourth year, the HFTP Club Summit provides two days of advanced-level education addressing industry strategy, trends and engagement for club professionals. This year the event will be held March 14-15 at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas — a city rich in history, culture and modern attractions and home to the Alamo, the Tower of Americas, and the stunning San Antonio Riverwalk. Registration for the event by February 1 ensures the best possible price at the early rate.


Club Accounting Automation

Get the tools you need to avoid the pitfalls of automated accounting and explore accounting automation and its role in improving your club’s operating efficiencies. Learn the pros and cons of accounting automation, how it works and what you should ask when making decisions to implement. Topics will include AP automation, vendor payments and payroll automation.

Accounting and Tax Update: The Changes Are Really Here

When it comes to the new lease standard, are you prepared to implement? Attend this session for an indispensable refresher on the 990-T changes and any other new legislation that may impact your club. Learn how to record leases under ASC 842. Finally, discover how new auditing standards will change the look of the new audit report and engagement letter.

Recruit Like a Headhunter

Why are employees exiting the hospitality industry and what can you do to prevent this exodus from negatively impacting your club? This session will shed light on the reasons behind today’s shortage of club and restaurant employees and give you tips on how to retain your top performers and recruit new employees. Learn what candidates look for in an employer and best practices in job posting. Also, learn how to create an attractive work environment through employee engagement and building a culture of inclusion.

Club Open Forum

Raise your hand! From full member equivalents, ethics and KPIs to long-term planning, insurance and supply chain — this session will tackle anything you want to talk about. The Club Open Forum is your chance to learn what your fellow club professionals are doing, discover the latest trends and best practices in the industry, and generate new ideas to take back to your club.


Improve Member Services with a Little Help from Technology

The increased presence of technology in our lives does not diminish the importance of personal member services that clubs are well-known for. In fact, with the right technologies in place clubs can improve their member-facing interactions. This session will review some current club software tech tools as well as some outside our industry that could help with member communications, operational efficiencies, onsite services and more. Learn about a variety of technologies, examples of how they are used and how to best implement.

Properly Introduce Finances to Your Board

The truth is most board members are used to looking at for-profit statements — when most clubs report as not-for-profit or fund accounting. This session will help you properly introduce your board to all things club finance, including the club’s overall financial health, capital financing, financial controls, and anything else the board needs to know in order to govern effectively.

Club Software: Time to Be Heard

Club software providers are always looking to hear from industry professionals on how they can improve their products and services. This is your chance to voice your opinion, share what is missing in your current/former software, and give constructive feedback to club software partners in a comfortable group setting. This is also a valuable opportunity to gain insight into other financial leaders’ knowledge of club software systems.

Operating in Today’s New Normal: Club HR and Legal Issues

With club leaders still dealing with the impact of Covid, the question on their minds should be: “how do I run my club without exposing it to potential liability?” This presentation will review federal OSHA and CDC requirements to help ensure smooth operations to your club and protect you from staff complaints and member litigation. Get up-to-date information on specific HR areas that need special attention from you and your team to minimize potential liability and create a more secure environment for everyone.

Did You Know?

Due to the global pandemic, HFTP has relaxed the cancellation policy. The transfer of a registration to a colleague is free of charge; however, it must be submitted in writing to HFTP. Those who register for the in-person HFTP Club Summit but are unable or unwilling to attend will receive a full refund. All cancellation requests must be received in writing to HFTP three business days prior to the event by emailing

There are tremendous benefits that inspire both professional and personal growth when you attend a conference like the Club Summit. Click here to register for the Club Summit today.

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