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 Agenda Set for HFTP's Hotel Assistant Controllers Conference
in Charlotte, North Carolina, Aug 19-20, 2007
AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 16, 2007) - Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals’ (HFTP®) new educational conference, the Assistant Controllers Conference, will provide an intimate gathering of hospitality accounting staff with experts in the hospitality industry. The conference will include worthwhile education sessions in the hotel and club fields; networking opportunities with HFTP board members, who are leaders within the industry; and certification reviews and exams, which improve personal careers and the industry. The conference will be August 19-20 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Registration forms are available on the HFTP web site.

The two day conference will offer relevant education sessions and networking opportunities designed to keep financial professionals at the assistant controllers level current on the latest industry standards and trends. Educational session speakers are all HFTP board members who are accomplished career professionals in both the hotel and club industries, providing an excellent opportunity to network with these industry leaders. The welcome reception will provide a casual atmosphere to meet other hospitality financial professionals.

Along with education sessions and networking events, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a review session and examination for the CHAE and CHTP certifications. For more information about the certification exams, visit the certifications web page on
Registration is now open for the conference. The early registration discount deadline is July 20. To receive a discounted rate on a hotel room at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel, attendees must make reservations by July 27. For more information about the conference, visit the Assistant Controllers Conference web page. 

General Sessions:
  • Leadership for the Next Level Speaker: Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE, HFTP international president and a professor at the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management 
  • Lunch: HFTP Association Update Speaker: Frank I. Wolfe, CAE, HFTP executive vice president and CEO 
  • I.T. Boot Camp Speaker: Terry L. Price, CHAE, CHTP, CPA, HFTP international secretary and executive I.T. manager at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa 
Hotel sessions:
  • SOX and the City: An Update on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and its Impact on the Urban Hospitality Landscape Speaker: Jerald M. Trieber, CPA, CHAE, director on the HFTP international board and director of Internal Audit, Hersha Hospitality Management 
  • I Will Survive!  Teaching Hotel Assistant Controllers How to Survive Internal and External Audits Speaker: Jerald M. Trieber, CPA, CHAE
Club sessions:
  • Controlling Club Audit Fees Through Effective Internal Control Evaluation Speaker: Philip G. Newman, CPA, director on the HFTP international board and director at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. 
  • You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers. Speaker: Philip G. Newman, CPA and Terry L. Price, CHAE, CHTP, CPA

For more information about the Assistant Controllers Conference, contact Celina Mendieta, HFTP meetings specialist at or (800) 646-4387 or 001 (512) 249-5333 x20.

HFTP is offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities at its professional development educational events. Supporting opportunities vary by event and may include, but are not limited to, continental breakfast, beverage breaks, lunch and/or a networking reception. Please contact Laura Huffman, HFTP marketing account manager, at 001 (512) 249-5333 x25 or for further details about these opportunities.

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 4,600 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


Katy Walterscheidt
Communications Specialist
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals

11709 Boulder Lane, Ste. 110
Austin, TX 78726-1832
Phone: 001 (512) 249-5333 (Extension 27)
Fax: 001 (512) 249-1533




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