Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. —Pauline R. Kezer
With the idea of keeping our roots strong, but recognizing that we need to change to have HFTP’s branches reach around the globe, the recent HFTP Leadership Strategy Summit concentrated significant time on the issues facing our chapters. In the meeting we noticed an overall trend in the conversation that identified that we must be prepared for a rapid cultural change in our association. With this in mind, the HFTP Global Executive Committee, with the support of the HFTP Global Board of Directors, is organizing a Chapter Structure Task Force. This group will be tasked with analyzing how the current chapter structure is working, how it should be adjusted as we continue global expansion, and how to make everyone’s experience a great one in HFTP.
The first action item that was discussed at the summit was acted on aggressively and the Board of Directors would like your input. The Board of Directors is proposing a bylaws change to make it an option to choose a chapter affiliation or not to when joining HFTP. During the last round of renewals, hundreds of HFTP members did not choose a chapter affiliation and had to be pursued by staff to choose a chapter. The Board recognizes that many younger members and members outside of North America enjoy taking advantage of HFTP’s education, webinars, conferences and social media communications, but not necessarily the option to participate in a local chapter. Some also do not have a local chapter near by. With this in mind, the Board of Directors will be voting in the next 30 days on the bylaw change. It is the Board of Directors’ hope that with this bylaw change, we will be able to spur membership in areas where there is no geographical chapter and with the young professionals who are coming into the workforce.
Please feel free to give your comments to any member of the Executive Committee or Board of Directors. If you would like to put your comments in writing, e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope that as we continue to move and adjust as an association, we are able to strengthen our roots in North America and grow our branches around the world as we reach to new heights as an association.
Daniel N. Conti, Jr., CHAE, CAM, is the 2014-2015 Global President of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). He is the director of finance at Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Fla., USA.