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June 1, 2015 (Austin, Texas USA)  — Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) announced today that the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) 2015 Opening Party at ACL Live at The Moody Theater will host Stevie Salas, considered by Guitar Player Magazine to be one of the 50 greatest guitarists of all time. Salas, guitarist for Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Justin Timberlake, is the author of the bestselling book, “When We Were the Boys: Coming of Age on Rod Stewart’s Out of Order Tour.” Salas, recognizing the power of technology, also created one of the earliest apps: RockStar Solos. The program is still popular and available for download, with downloads in the six figures. Salas will be available to greet attendees and sign his book at the Opening Party for HITEC, June 15 from 6:30–9:00 p.m. in Austin, Texas, USA.

“With a guest like Stevie Salas, HITEC 2015 is embracing Austin’s world famous music scene and its technological elements,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE.  “We are both honored and lucky to have him at our Opening Party.”

Salas, has sold more than 2 million solo albums and has recorded on more than 70 major label recordings worldwide. He has served as a guitarist, producer and music director for acts such as Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Was (Not was), Daughtry, Adam Lambert and George Clinton, to name a few and has composed many television and film scores including “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” From 2006 – 2010 Salas was a consultant and musical director for the FOX Network program: “American Idol.” At the age of 23, he signed the largest deal ever for a new artist with Island Records and his second solo album, “Back from the Living,” was voted Album of the Year in Japan, beating both Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones.

 

HITEC is the world’s largest hospitality technology show. HITEC 2015 brings the brightest minds and hottest technology to the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, USA June 15-18, 2015. For further details on HITEC including registration, conference schedules and the exhibit hall floor plan, please visit the HITEC web site.

About HFTP

HFTP, Austin, Texas, USA, Maastricht, The Netherlands, and Kowloon, Hong Kong, was founded in 1952, and 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.

Contact: Danielle Earp, Public Relations Manager

Danielle.Earp@HFTP.org / +1 (512) 220-4017

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