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Tom Stoffo, CHTP, Earns the 2013 Certified Hospitality Technology
Professional (CHTP) of the Year Award

Tom is the
Director of Information Technology for
Mainsail Lodging & Development

TAMPA, Fla. (April 30, 2013) – Mainsail Lodging & Development is proud to announce that Tom Stoffo, CHTP, director of information technology, has been honored by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) as the 2013 Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) of the Year.

Now in its 16th year, the award honors the individual who scored highest on the CHTP certification exam during the April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 time period. Stoffo will accept the award during the opening session of the 2013 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) on Monday, June 24 in Minneapolis, Minn.

“We’re honored to have Tom representing Mainsail Lodging & Development at HITEC® this year and are proud of his achievements,” said Joe Collier, president of Mainsail Lodging & Development. “His skills are in invaluable asset to Mainsail and our portfolio.”

At Mainsail Lodging & Development, Stoffo oversees the information systems for the corporate entity, Mainsail Lodging & Development, as well as their properties, including Mainsail Suites and Conference Center, Execustay, Mainsail Beach Inn and Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina. He is also currently creating the information systems for Epicurean, the new Autograph Collection® culinary-focused hotel in Tampa, Fla., including smart rooms, energy efficient rooms and state-of-the-art audio visual systems.

Developed jointly by HFTP and the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the CHTP designation is the ultimate achievement in hospitality information technology by showing a dedication to both the hospitality and technology industries. The CHTP exam was first given in 1994 at HITEC in Dallas, Texas. Since then, more than 250 professionals have earned the CHTP designation around the world.

About Mainsail Lodging & Development
Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (, a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (, a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center ( in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 240-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district. The company also operates ExecuStay (, a leading corporate housing provider throughout Florida, Georgia and The Carolinas. Opening November 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean hotel ( is being developed in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and will be the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®.


Lauren Held
Hayworth Public Relations
(386) 677-7000


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