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New HITEC 2007 Education Sessions Designed By Hospitality Industry Suppliers

  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
  • 06.22.07
In an effort to provide education opportunities relevant to all attendees, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), along with the Supplier Education Task Force, has added two new education sessions at the 2007 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®).

The new education sessions were designed by suppliers of the hospitality industry and will be part of the conference held June 25-28 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

The new education sessions are geared towards attendees and exhibitors at HITEC who are interested in gaining new perspective about the industry and networking with industry peers. The supplier education sessions are open to anyone that has a full registration pass, full day pass or is exhibiting at HITEC 2007.

“HFTP appreciates the depth of knowledge within the hospitality supplier community," said Diane Estner, vice president of global sales with Systems Design & Development, Inc. and chair of the Supplier Educational Task Force. “These sessions provide an opportunity for hospitality technology providers to contribute that valuable knowledge and experience to HITEC attendees in a purely educational format."    

The Supplier Education Task Force, compiled of suppliers in the hospitality industry, has identified topics relevant to suppliers of the hospitality industry. Sessions include:

  • Hoteliers & Suppliers Speak Out and Speak Up! Things we Need to Know about Understanding Each Other (Tuesday, June 26 from 4-5:15 p.m.)
    Listen to industry leaders and share your opinions – Speak up and speak out! What can we, as hoteliers and suppliers, change or improve to become more successful together? Don't miss this unique opportunity to participate in a lively panel discussion and learn the things we need to know about each other to succeed in business. What are the top qualities to establish a successful business partnership? Come speak up and speak out!
  • Above Property Systems – Should I Buy Software or Subscribe to It? (Wednesday, June 27 from 9:15-10:30 a.m.)
    What is the difference between ASP and Application Hosting? How does it impact TCO? Who should be the provider? What should you ask and expect vendors to do? In what situation can vendors leverage your technology better than you? What about security? Get answers to your questions about software leasing and how it can impact your operation.

Members of the Supplier Education Task Force include:

  • Diane Estner, Systems Design & Development, Inc., chair of task force
  • Anil Aggarwal, Milestone Internet Marketing
  • Tonya Andersen, LodgeNet Entertainment Corp.
  • Dahlia El Gazzar, Passkey International, Inc.
  • William Euler, CPA, Professional Accounting Solutions, Inc.
  • Robert Filebark, SmartCity
  • Mike Henderson, StayOnline
  • Brian Lagestee, Presentation Services PSAV
  • David Marshall, TravelCLICK
  • Michelle Miller, Cisco Systems
  • Thamia Nieto, Amadeus North America, Inc.
  • Clive Taylor, Easy (EZ) Revenue Management Solutions Ltd.
  • Sandeep Thakrar, Telkonet, Inc.
  • Jill Wisehart, On Command Corporation

The full schedule of education sessions can be found on the HITEC Web site. The supplier education sessions are identified by an asterisk (**) on the schedule.

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