Pioneers with an Award of Merit
|Austin, Texas (March 14, 2007) - Individuals who have made a significant
innovation or breakthrough that established a path for others in hospitality
technology will be honored at the 35th Annual Hospitality Industry Technology
Exposition and Conference (HITECÂ®). The Award of Merit, established
by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), was created
in 2002 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of HITEC. Presented every
five years, the honor is intended to create a historical bridge between
the present and the industrys origins by recognizing those who have made
contributions that still greatly impact the industry to this day. Recipients
will be chosen by a committee of inductees to the HFTP International Hospitality
Technology Hall of Fame, a group of industry professionals who have already
been recognized for their influence on the industry.
"The idea behind the Award of Merit is to recognize individuals who have made significant technological contributions that have had longevity," said John Cahill, chair of the Award of Merit committee and CIO for Denihan Hospitality Group. "The work accomplished by those selected will have benefited all of us, especially those of us who have been working in hospitality technology since the early days."
Up to five Award of Merit recipients will be selected by mid-May and will be honored at the HITEC Opening Session, June 26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Each individual will be chosen for his/her unique contribution to hospitality technology. Eligible nominees can be from any hospitality discipline, not just technology; however, their contribution has to have been in hospitality technology.
In 2002, Roger Lane, Richard Maloney, Dietmar Müller-Elmau, John Pignataro and Robert Sanford were given the Award of Merit.
Each individual was selected for the following accomplishments:
Roger Lane, CHAE, is one of the original supporters of hospitality technology. He installed one of the first property management systems at the resort he was working at, pushing the implementation of hospitality automation. He was also a very strong proponent of an annual hospitality technology show, which eventually became what is now HITEC.About HITEC
HITEC, produced by HFTP, is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference. The 2007 event will be June 25-26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. It offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality technology education, led by industry peers and experts, and an unparalleled trade show showcasing the latest hospitality technology products and services from over 300 companies. The trade show will feature the brand new Club Technology Pavilion and GUESTROOM 2010, which is returning to HITEC for a second run.
HFTP, Austin, Texas, USA and Maastricht, The Netherlands, founded in 1952, 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, research, and publications to more than 4,600 members globally including, the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC--founded in 1972. HFTP also awards the only hospitality specific certifications for accounting and technology ---the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in the USA as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. For more information visit www.hftp.org.
|Also See:||Five Hospitality Technology Pioneers to Receive Technology Award of Merit Hospitality at HITEC / May 2002|