Raman (R.P.) Rama Begins Term as HFTP Global President

  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
  • 11.02.12
Raman (R.P.) Rama, CHA, CHAE, CHTP officially starts his term as Global President for Hospitality Financial and Technology Professional (HFTP), with a directive to lead the association in carrying out its strategic goals.

Rama is the vice president and CTO/CIO for JHM Hotels based out of South Carolina. A member for 22 years, Rama was recently honored at the HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow this past October in Orlando, Fla.

“I have the vision, experience and principles to lead HFTP to a bright future,” said Rama. “I am honored to represent the association as it looks to expand its services globally, as well as expand our members’ pool of resources through collaborations with international industry organizations.”

During his one-year term Rama will follow-through on the strategic plan established by the association’s Global Board in Spring 2011. This includes branching out geographically in regions with vibrant hospitality businesses. The expansion would serve two purposes: to provide important educational and networking resources for hospitality finance and technology professionals across the globe, as well as build the value of the association as a global resource.

In alignment with the plan, the HFTP Global Board voted to open an office in India to serve its growing Asian membership. The association is also developing the Global Hospitality Accounting System Users Guide, with assistance from hospitality schools in China, Switzerland and India. The guide is designed to be used internationally by hospitality organizations.

“This is going to be a big challenge,” said Rama. “I don’t have all the answers, and I will rely on the input from the HFTP executive committee, board of directors, past presidents and staff to present HFTP to the global community. I will also reach out to members for new ideas and input to take HFTP to the next level.”

As part of his service, Rama will also represent HFTP at industry events in multiple countries including, China, the U.K. and Germany. In addition, he will meet with HFTP members at chapter meetings and educational conferences in the United States. Rama is also looking to reach out to hospitality-focused and ownership associations (such as the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations in India – FHRAI, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association – AAHOA, Latino Hotel & Restaurant Association – LH&RA and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners and Operators – NABHOOD) with the goal of collaboration and sharing resources.
As a co-owner of JHM Hotels, which runs 40+ properties and over 7,000 rooms, Rama has 30+ years of experience in the hospitality industry. At JHM Hotels, he is responsible for managing the IT infrastructure and planning, as well as establishing the company’s management information system and technology initiatives. He holds three hospitality industry certifications: CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator), CHTP (Certified Hospitality Technology Professional) and CHAE (Certified Hospitality Accounting Executive).

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