HFTP Requests Individuals to Register Now for the HFTP and CHA Caribbean Finance and Technology Professionals Conference

  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
  • 11.28.06
The upcoming Caribbean Finance and Technology Professionals Conference will feature two days of education focusing on the most recent topics of interest in the Caribbean finance and technology fields.

This first-time conference, produced by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) and the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) will be held December 11-12, 2006 at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Registration is now available online, with a hotel reservation deadline of December 1.

Conference sponsors include: InfoGenesis, Data Plus Inc., Metropolis Technologies Inc. and Gerencia de Hoteles y Restaurantes.

The education program will include:

  • Caribbean Hotel Spend Study - How Tourism Affects Regional Economies; Presented by Dr. Hudson Husbands, Tourism Global
  • Cost Controls: Turning Measurement and Profits to Create Business Value – Presented by Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; HFTP president and professor at the University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Is Your Data Safe? – Presented by Steve D'Erasmo, CHTP
  • The New 10th Edition Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry – Presented by Ralph Miller, CA, CBV, CHA, CHAE; HFTP immediate past president and president and owner of Inntegrated Hospitality Management Ltd.
  • Caribbean Trends in the Hotel Industry – Presented by Scott Smith; PKF Consulting
  • Technology Management 101 – Presented by Cihan Cobanoglu, Ph.D., CHTP; assistant professor of hospitality IT at the University of Deleware
  • Managing Disaster: Before and After It Occurs – Presented by Stanley W. Smith, CPA; international loss consultant/litigation support for Smith Orloff & Associates and Karl A. Munster, CPA, CHAE; director of finance for HRI Lodging Inc.
  • Caribbean Tax Law Update – Presented by Maria de los Angeles Rivera, tax partner at Kervane Grant Thornton, LLP
  • Technology Convergence and Integration Explored – Presented by Jules Sieburgh, CHTP; HFTP secretary and hospitality consultant for JSI Consulting.
  • Fraud Update - The Silent 500 Pound Gorilla – Presented by Anna McFarland, CPA, CFE, CHAE, CHTP; HFTP vice president and senior director of finance at Accor North America - Business & Leisure Hotels
  • Emerging Technologies in the Hospitality Industry – Presented by Frank Wolfe, CAE; executive vice president and CEO of HFTP
  • Banking in the Caribbean – Presented by James Foster; FirstCaribbean Bank
  • Technology for the One Person Shop – Presented by Terry Price, CHAE, CHTP, CPA; executive I.T. manager at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa

In addition to the education program, the reviews and exams for the HFTP Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) will be offered.

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