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Boon Yew James Lee, Raffles Hotel, Singapore, Elected
President of HFTP's Second Chapter Outside
North America - HFTP Asia Chapter
Austin, TX; November 9, 2006 * Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) has just chartered its HFTP-Asia Chapter, its second chapter outside the North American region. The association has chartered four other chapters within the past year, including the HFTP Australia, HFTP South Carolina, HFTP Bay Area Club and the HFTP Central Virginia chapters. 

"As HFTP International's first Asian-American president in its 50 plus history, I find it monumental that the association has chartered the HFTP-Asia chapter as I commence my presidential term," said Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE, HFTP president and professor at the University of Houston. "I am proud to be part of an organization that reaches to many parts of the world. Not only will hospitality professionals in Asia benefit from HFTP services, but the association will also benefit from the experiences and expertise that the HFTP-Asia members will share with us." 

HFTP chapters offer HFTP members regular continuing education, social events, leadership opportunities, and the chance to participate in charitable works. Although HFTP chapters are regionally-based, chapter membership is not geographically limited. 

The elected HFTP-Asia chapter officers include: 

  • President - Boon Yew James Lee, FCCA, CPA; Raffles Hotel (1886) Ltd.; Singapore
  • Vice-President - Mark Kendall; Hyatt International Hotels & Resorts; Singapore 
  • Secretary - Coco Choo; The Regent Singapore, a Four Seasons Hotel; Singapore 
  • Treasurer - Jeff Blakeman; Four Seasons Asia Pacific; Singapore 
  • Director - Elecktra Mararian, MBA; ESM Consulting Services; Singapore
  • Director - Vinod Sukhija; The Regent Singapore, a Four Seasons Hotel; Singapore 
  • Director - Hon Ooi Ling; Four Seasons Hotel; Singapore
Over 60 individuals attended the organizational/first chapter meeting. The meeting featured guest speaker Ted Horner, managing director of E. Horner & Associates Pty Ltd and a member of the HFTP Australia Chapter's organizing committee, which was chartered in early 2006.

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (

Based in Austin, Texas, HFTP is the professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, resorts, clubs, casinos, restaurants and other hospitality-related businesses. The association provides continuing education and networking opportunities to more than 4,500 members around the world, and produces the premiere hospitality technology shows HITEC and EHTEC, as well as the new Caribbean Hotel Finance and Technology Conference. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in 1952 as the National Association of Hotel Accountants.

HFTP® and HITEC® are registered service marks of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.

Eliza R. Selig
Director of Communications
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001 (512) 249-5333 x23
Also See: HFTP Board of Directors Approves Landmark Changes to CHTP and CHAE Programs; Changes Include Creation of a Code of Ethics / August 2006
HFTP and the Caribbean Hotel Association to Host First Ever Caribbean Finance Technology Professionals Conference in Puerto Rico / August 2006

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