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 Creator of the Fidelio Property Management Software, Keith Gruen, to Speak
on the History of Property Management Systems at European Hospitality
Technology Education Conference
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AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 12, 2007) - Keith Gruen, hotel software entrepreneur and executive at conject AG, will give the luncheon speech at Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals' (HFTP) inaugural European Hospitality Technology Education Conference (EHTEC) on February 20, 2007 at the Hilton Amsterdam in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Gruen's luncheon speech 'PMS: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow' will discuss the recent history of property management systems' (PMS) development.  He will also go into why the industry has lost its edge and how it might gain it back again.

"PMS is an integral component of the hospitality industry and has been forced to adapt to changing technology," said Frank Wolfe, CAE, HFTP CEO and executive vice president.  "Luncheon attendees will have a rare chance to go inside the mind of the creator of the popular PMS: Fidelio software, and learn more about what PMS has to offer their company."

Keith Gruen is a serial entrepreneur and author of the hotel software PMS: Fidelio. Currently he is an executive at conject AG in Munich, Germany, a company specializing in software for the real estate and construction industry, where he leads expansion, international growth, acquisitions, new product strategy and financing.

He founded numerous companies including Fidelio Software, which was sold to Micros Systems Inc. in 1995; NXN Digital Entertainment GmbH, which was sold to Avid Technology Inc. in 2004; and Kappa IT Ventures, a venture capital firm that advises European and American technology firms towards an IPO or trade sale.

EHTEC, being held February 18 - 20, will be an intimate gathering of the EU's top hospitality professionals and will offer European hospitality professionals a first-rate educational program.  Attendees will discuss the most pressing challenges facing hospitality technology in Europe.

For more information about EHTEC, go to www.ehtec.eu. Contact Irma Sutherland, HFTP meetings and events manager, at Irma.Sutherland@hftp.org or by phone: U.S. - (800) 646-4387 or 001 (512) 249-5333 ext. 24.; Europe - 44 808 234 6808 or 0808 234 6808 (toll free within the UK).

HFTP is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs, and other hospitality-related businesses.  HFTP provides first class educational opportunities to more than 4,600 members globally including, the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC. HFTP also awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in 1952.

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Contact:

Katy Walterscheidt
Communications Specialist
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals
11709 Boulder Lane, Ste. 110
Austin, TX 78726-1832
Phone: 001 (512) 249-5333 (Extension 27)
Fax: 001 (512) 249-1533
www.hftp.org

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Also See: Micheal Levie, CEO of New Start-up Hotel Chain Onestarisborn, Will Present a Session Exploring Hotel Technology Needs at the European Hospitality Technology Education Conference - February 19, 2007 in Amsterdam / January 2007
HFTP Appoints Advisory Council for the First European Hospitality Technology Education Conference / October 2006
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