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 update, to educate and to network with colleagues from around the globe.

Now that you have checked off the prereqs to attend, it is time to review the schedule and plan your attack to reap the benefits of all that is offered at the four day event.

This year’s conference itinerary looks impressive. The HFTP organization has packaged over 45 speakers on topics that vary from capitalizing on stress to bandwidth demands together with social events, vendor exhibits and a GOLF20X showcase at a beautiful resort in Orlando. Who could ask for more?

Although there are five tracks: Club, Hotel, Technology, General and CFO, don’t limit the possibilities. Mix and match to make the conference yours. Food and beverage cost control may be your nemesis. Attend this seminar on Thursday at 7 a.m. even if you are not a hotel exec. I am from a country club, but I plan on attending!

Do you think you are an expert at Excel? Wait until you find out what you never knew at the general track session titled “Excel for the Hospitality Professional.” I attended this event at HITEC and was amazed at what is available with the latest release.

Healthcare Reform — where are we going and how soon do we have to get there? This is a current topic that we all need to deal with now so that we are prepared for the implementation dates. There will be an expert in the house on Friday at 1:45 at the “Healthcare Reform: Strategic Choices for 2014 Considering Unique Implications for the Hospitality Industry” session.

Have you thought about taking your HFTP membership to the next level? Very early in my career, I realized that “giving back” to an organization has a positive payback on the time investment for the volunteer. Learn how you can become more involved at the “HFTP Leadership Opportunities” session on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

I could go on and on about the educational and informational opportunities at the convention. It is a truly impressive line-up dealing with current and reoccurring issues in the hospitality industry. But now is the time to print the agenda and schedule your attack. There is so much offered, it will take careful planning to make sure that you have your game plan set.

Jane Schmitz, CHAE is the controller for the Shannopin Country Club in Pittsburgh, Penn. She has a bachelors in Computer Science from Iowa State University. After 17 years as the controller of an architectrual firm, she decided to move into the hospitality industry and accepted the position at Shannopin Country Club in October of 2010. Immediatley she became a member of HFTP and just recently earned her CHAE..

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