HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conferences Address Financial Issues

  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
  • 01.25.08
Addressing club- and hotel-specific topics, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals’ (HFTP®) popular Club and Hotel Controllers Conferences will update financial professionals on the industry’s hottest issues.

The conference, which is held twice annually, features identical education programs and will offer networking opportunities so attendees can discuss current issues with fellow colleagues.

The first conference will be March 17 - 18 at the Westin San Diego in San Diego, Calif. The second conference will be held June 17-18 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Online registration is available now for both conferences.

“The Club and Hotel Controllers Conference proves to be a valuable setting to reveal current industry hot topics,” said Cheryl Brennan, CHAE, controller with Bloomfield Hills Country Club, co-chair of the HFTP Education Advisory Council and 2007 attendee. “The networking opportunities, combined with the educational sessions, made it impossible for attendees to walk away from the conference without having improved their lives in some way.”

The education program will include general sessions, such as, "Fired Up Leadership" with Steve Gutzler, president of Leadership Quest, as well as two industry-specific tracks, one for hotels and the other for clubs. Topics include:

  • Club Sessions:
            - Government Matters: Legislative, Regulatory and Legal Update for the Club Controller
              Speaker: Brad Steele, vice president of government relations for National Club Association 
            - From Cradle to Grave: A Club or Hotel Controller’s Guide to New Audit Standards
              Speakers: Tammy Tassitano, CPA, partner at McGladrey & Pullen; Phillip G. Newman, 
              CPA, CIA, partner at McGladrey & Pullen 
            - Club Software Reengineering
              Speaker: Bill Boothe, director of club technology consulting with RSM McGladrey, Inc. 
            - Accounting vs. Control: We’re Not In Kansas Anymore!
              Speaker: Bill Schwartz, CHTP, founder and CEO of System Concepts, Inc.
  • Hotel sessions:
            - Plug and Play Policies and Procedures: Developing, Drafting, and Dissecting Accounting
              Policies and Procedures
              Speaker: Jerry M. Trieber, CPA, CHAE, director of internal audit for Hersha Hospitality
              Management, LP 
            - Impact of Human Resources on Profitability
              Speaker: Tina Samson, CFO of Loews Hotels Universal at Orlando 
            - Internal Controls and Fraud: Are They Related?
              Speaker: Jason R. Filippini, CPA, accounting and auditing manager of Clothier and Head, PS 
            - What Happened to Month End?
              Speaker: Arlene Ramirez, lecturer at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel 
              and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston
Attending the March conference will not only provide great industry education opportunities, but also gives attendees a chance to expand their HFTP education by attending the first HFTP Regional Leadership Seminar. The seminar will focus on leadership skills necessary for successful chapter management, as well as provide a forum to discuss new ideas and innovations. It will immediately follow the conference on March 18 from 1-5 p.m. at the Westin San Diego and is free to any current HFTP member.

The June conference will be co-located with HITEC (Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference), one of the largest hospitality technology conferences and expositions. Attending the June Club and Hotel Controllers Conference will give attendees the added opportunity to visit the HITEC exhibit hall. In addition to the expected 300-plus companies exhibiting, the 2008 exhibit hall will feature the Club Technology Pavilion, with hands-on displays of the latest in club technology, and the 2008 version of GUESTROOM 2010, a model hotel room showcasing the most current and near-future technology. Attendees are also invited to the HITEC Welcome Reception on Monday, June 16.




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