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Tony Kopp Recipient of the 2009 Certified Hospitality
Accountant Executive (CHAE) of the Year Award
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AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (August 27, 2009) – Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) will honor Tony Kopp, CPA, CHAE, as the 2009 CHAE (Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive) of the Year during Thursday's General Session at HFTP's Annual Convention & Tradeshow. In its 26th year, the CHAE of the Year honors the individual that scored the highest on the CHAE certification exam in a given year. The Annual Convention & Tradeshow is September 16 – 19, 2009 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Tony Kopp, CPA, CHAE, recently started his own tax and hospitality consulting practice in San Francisco, after many years at the CPA firm PKF. He provides tax services for individuals, non-profits and businesses in all forms. His consulting service draws from his experience both within the industry and as a CPA providing service to hotels, restaurants and clubs. The practice offers support in designing and implementing effective accounting procedures and controls using various computer systems, as well as due diligence and other acquisition related services. 

Kopp grew up in the hotel industry first doing accounting at a hotel management company. Then he moved into working with hotels in receivership as a temporary controller focused on ‘fixing the mess' then hiring a replacement. He left the hotel industry to join PKF where he was the audit manager and was involved in internal control studies, due diligence and complex tax issues. Kopp also served on the PKF North American Network Hospitality Task Force. 

Acknowledged throughout the industry, the CHAE certification elevates the professionalism of both the recipient and the industry by helping set standards for the field. Those who earn the CHAE designation demonstrate a high level of dedication to their profession. The first CHAE exam was taken in Colorado Springs, Colo. in 1981. Since that time, more than 1,300 hospitality accountants from several countries have been certified. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP).

About the Annual Convention & Tradeshow
HFTP's 2009 Annual Convention & Tradeshow offers attendees a way to find cost-effective solutions to their current work challenges, stay informed on the hottest industry topics, expand their network, increase their professional value and become empowered. For more information about the 2009 HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow, and to register, visit the conference web site or contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org , (800) 646-4387 or +1 (512) 249-5333. 

About HFTP
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 4,800 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

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Contact:

Katy Walterscheidt
Media/Public Relations Specialist
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
11709 Boulder Lane, Ste. 110
Austin, TX USA 78726-1832
Ph: +1 (512) 249-5333
www.hftp.org

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Also See: Donna Turner Named 2007 Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) of the Year / September 2007
HFTP Board of Directors Approves Landmark Changes to CHTP and CHAE Programs; Changes Include Creation of a Code of Ethics / August 2006
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