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HITEC 2011 To Feature Two Valuable Sessions on
PCI Compliance on Monday, June 20



AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (June 6, 2011) — Recognizing the need to get the hospitality industry talking about PCI compliance, the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) PCI Compliance Roundtable is hosting two sessions during HITEC 2011 (Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference). The PCI Compliance Boot Camp, part of the HITEC education program, and the HFTP PCI Compliance Roundtable Update, a special meeting open to everyone, will both be held on Monday, June 20 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

The PCI Compliance Boot Camp will be from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. on day one of HITEC 2011, the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference. Industry experts representing the HFTP PCI Compliance Roundtable will highlight emerging PCI technologies, best practices, how to pick a QSA, cloud computing, incident response plans and more. Boot Camp attendees will learn the tools needed to conquer the difficult task of making sure credit card security is sufficient.

After the Boot Camp, an important special meeting titled “PCI Compliance Roundtable Update” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The HFTP PCI Compliance Roundtable recently had its first two meetings and Roundtable representatives will present their findings to the industry for the first time during this special session. This session is open to anyone – conference organizers recognize the importance of the subject matter and are allowing all interested parties to attend, HITEC badges are not required.

The meeting includes an update from PCI Compliance Roundtable Chair Jeremy Rock, CHTP, president of RockIT Group and Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP discussing what the Roundtable has accomplished, their plans for the future and tools the industry can use towards PCI compliance. Bob Russo, general manager of the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) will also be on-hand to discuss how the PCI SSC is handling security issues within the hospitality industry.

“Because of the hospitality industry’s unique credit card processing structure, it requires special solutions to PCI compliance. Determined to educate the industry on this topic and find solutions, HFTP formed a PCI Compliance Roundtable earlier this year to bring together all segments of the hospitality industry to enhance data security and discuss potential resolutions to the ongoing issue,” said Wolfe.
The HFTP PCI Compliance Roundtable includes:
  • Chair Jeremy Rock, CHTP, President, RockIT Group
  • Thomas Atzenhofer, CPA, CFO, HFTP
  • Brian Barr, Director of Website Operations, Leading Hotels of the World
  • Carol Campbell Beggs, CHTP, VP of Technology, Sonesta Hotels and Resorts
  • William Collins, Executive Director - Vertical Market Strategy, Heartland Payment Systems
  • Chris Donahue, Senior Product Manager, PAR Springer-Miller
  • Steve D’Erasmo, CHTP, Director of Hotel Information Systems, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • John Edwards, Director of IT, Dolce Hotels and Resorts
  • Mark Haley, CHTP, Managing Partner, The Prism Partnership, LLC
  • Ron Hardin, CHTP, VP of Technology, Davidson Hotel Company
  • Jeff Henschel, Director of IT, Benchmark Hospitality International
  • Jibran Ilyas, Senior Security Consultant, Incident Response, Trustwave
  • David Jackson, Director of Enterprise Architecture, Omni Hotels
  • James Lingle, VP of Information Technology, Sage Hospitality
  • Bob Lowe, Director of Strategic Relationships, Shift4
  • Chuck Marratt, Regional Director of Information Technology, Benchmark Hospitality International
  • Mukund Mohan, VP of Product Management, Infor-SoftBrands
  • Luke Pfeifer, Senior Product Manager, Agilysys
  • Terry Price, CHTP, CHAE, CPA, CIO, Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
  • RP Rama, CHA, CHTP, CHAE, VP and CTO/CIO, JHM Hotels
  • Martin Stanton, CIO, Destination Hotels & Resorts
  • Gina St. George, Manager of Hospitality & Gaming Services Group, Moss Adams
  • Jerry Trieber, CPA, CHAE, CFE, CFF, Director of Field Accounting, Crestline Hotels & Resorts
  • Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO, HFTP
  • Lyle Worthington, CHTP, CIO, Horseshoe Bay Resort
  • Sue Zloth, Group Manager, Product, Merchant Link, LLC
HITEC 2011 is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference. The conference is June 20-23 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX.   It offers attendees a one-stop shop for essential education, access to experts and hospitality technology vendors, networking with top leaders in the industry and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Visit www.hitec.org for complete information about all conference and exhibition events, including a full conference schedule, Buyer's Guide with a list of exhibitors, a map of the exhibit hall and the most current HITEC news. For more information, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, (800) 646-4387 or +1 (512) 249-5333.

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 members around the globe 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
http://www.hftp.org/

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