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Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Names 7 Industry Experts
to Lead Forums at the Hospitality Technology Professionals Forum
Set for November 11 in New York City
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AUSTIN, TEXAS; September 11, 2006 - Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) has secured well-known, industry experts as track leaders for its upcoming Hospitality Technology Professionals Forum, November 11 at the Penn Club of New York in New York, N.Y. The forum will feature two tracks, Club Technology and General Hospitality Technology, and the industry experts will lead three different discussions on the industry’s prevailing topics of interest, providing an overview of the topic and moderating audience discussion. The format is designed to foster an open dialogue and exchange of ideas between professionals working for clubs, hotels, resorts and other hospitality-related businesses.

The Club Technology track leaders include:

  • Darrin Pinkham, CHTP, will lead the Wireless & Beyond track. Pinkham is vice president of technology at Ginn Clubs & Resorts in Celebration, Fla.
  • JoAnna Schilliaci, CHTP, will lead the Security & Disaster Recovery track. Schillaci is the food & beverage controller at Boca West Club Inc. in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Ronald Comfort and Charles Dorn, CCM, will lead the Clubhouse Technology track. Comfort is the IT director at Technology Assurance in Parker, Colo. Dorn is the managing director of The Dorn Group Ltd. in Rye, N.Y.
General Hospitality Technology track leaders consist of:
  • Derek Wood and Ronald Comfort will lead the In-Room Technology Trends track. Wood is managing director at Derek Wood Associates Ltd. in Bristol, England. Comfort is the IT director at Technology Assurance in Parker, Colo.
  • Ted Horner will lead the Wireless & Beyond track. Horner is the managing director at E Horner & Associates Pty Ltd. in Sydney, Australia. He is also the 2004 inductee to the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame.
  • Carol Campbell Beggs, CHTP and Brenda Burke, CHTP, will lead the Security & Disaster Recovery track. Beggs is the vice president of technology at Sonesta International Hotels Corp. in Boston, Mass. Burke is director of hotel technology at Hilton Hotel Corp. in Vancouver, Wash. She is also the 2007 HITEC Advisory Council chair and a member of the HFTP board of directors. 
In addition, the day’s registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Those who register for the forum will receive a complimentary registration to the 2006 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, November 12-14 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, N.Y. It is the world's largest showcase and exchange of hospitality industry products, trends and developments, and attracts every segment and facet of the industry. The show unveils more than 1,400 products and services and draws more than 35,000 attendees each year. 

Online Registration is now available on HFTP’s web site. For more information, contact Irma Sutherland, HFTP meetings and events manager at 001 (512) 249-5333 x24, (800) 646-4387 x24 or education@hftp.org.

Based in Austin, Texas, HFTP is the professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, resorts, clubs, casinos, restaurants, and other hospitality-related businesses. The association provides continuing education and networking opportunities to more than 4,500 members around the world, and produces the premiere hospitality technology show, HITEC. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in 1952 as the National Association of Hotel Accountants.

HFTP® and HITEC® are registered service marks of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.

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Contact:

Eliza R. Selig
Director of Communications
(800) 646-4387
001 (512) 249-5333 x23
www.hftp.org
 

Also See: Ted Horner Inducted into the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame / June 2004
Carol Beggs, Sonesta International, Winner of 1998 Telman MasterTech Award for Individuals / Sept 1998

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