Online Registration Open for the HFTP and CHA Caribbean Finance and Technology Professionals Conference, Session Topics and Speakers Announced

  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
  • 10.09.06
Online registration is now available at for the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) and Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) Caribbean Finance and Technology Professionals Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This first-time conference is a two-day educational event which will focus on the most recent topics of interest in the finance and technology fields. It will be held December 11-12, 2006 at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa.

"HFTP has had roots in the Caribbean since its early days," said Frank Wolfe, CAE, HFTP executive vice president and CEO. "As the association branches out its education programs internationally, it made sense to join with an exceptional organization like CHA to produce this conference in a region where HFTP is well-respected."

"This targeted educational program will allow finance and technology professionals in the Caribbean hotel and tourism sector to focus on more comprehensive professional development that is specific to their field of expertise," said Alec Sanguinetti, director general and CEO, CHA. "Further, it offers those with an interest in these disciplines an opportunity to expand their professional horizons."

HFTP, which produces several education programs annually, used its resources, as well as advisement from CHA to design an agenda that aligns with the interests of Caribbean hospitality industry professionals. The conference will also feature tabletop exhibits and opportunities to network.

The education program will include:

  • Caribbean Trends in the Hotel Industry - Presented by Scott Smith; PKF Consulting
  • Caribbean Tax Law Update - Maria de los Rivera; Kervane Grant Thornton
  • Banking in the Caribbean - Speaker from the FirstCaribbean Bank
  • Cost Controls: Turning Measurement and Profits to Create Business Value
    - Presented by Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; HFTP vice president and professor at the University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • The New 10th Edition Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry - Presented by Ralph Miller, CA, CBV, CHA, CHAE; HFTP president and president and owner of Inntegrated Hospitality Management Ltd.
  • Emerging Technologies in the Hosptiality Industry - Presented by Frank Wolfe, CAE; executive vice president and CEO of HFTP
  • Technology for a One Person Operation - Presented by Terry Price, CHAE, CHTP, CPA; a member of the HFTP International Board and executive IT manager at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
  • Fraud Update - The Silent 500 Pound Gorilla - Presented by Anna McFarland, CPA, CFE, CHAE, CHTP; HFTP treasurer and senior director of finance at Accor North America - Business & Leisure Hotels
  • Technology Convergence and Integration Explored - Presented by Jules Sieburgh, CHTP; HFTP secretary and hospitality consultant for JSI Consulting.

HFTP is offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities at its professional development educational events. Supporting opportunities vary by event and may include, but are not limited to, continental breakfast, beverage breaks, lunch, and/or a networking reception.

Please contact Laura Huffman, HFTP marketing account manager, at 001
(512) 249-5333 ext. 25 or for further details about these opportunities.

To register for the Caribbean Finance Technology Professionals Conference, go to

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