Hotel Online
News for the Hospitality Executive


HFTP Installs 2007-08 Executive Committee
and Board of Directors
Anna McFarland Appointed HFTP President

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (October 31, 2007) — The 2007-2008 Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) were recently installed during HFTP’s 2007 Annual Convention & Tradeshow in Jacksonville, Fla.

2007-2008 Executive Committee

Anna McFarland, CPA, CFE, CHAE, CHTP, was installed as HFTP President. She is senior director of finance for Accor North America - Business & Leisure Hotels in Dallas, Texas. McFarland has been a member of HFTP since 1996.

Jules A. Sieburgh, CHTP, was installed as HFTP Vice President. He is a hospitality consultant with O’Neal Consultants in Bethesda, Md. Sieburgh has been a member of HFTP since 1985.

Terry L. Price, CHAE, CHTP, CPA, was installed as HFTP Treasurer. He is the executive IT Manager for The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, N.C. Price has been a member of HFTP since 1997.

Thomas G. Smith, CHAE, was installed as HFTP Secretary. He is chief financial officer for the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon, Wis. Smith has been a member of HFTP since 1989.

Agnes L. DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE, was installed as HFTP Immediate Past President. DeFranco is a professor and assistant vice president for undergraduate studies at the University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management based in Houston, Texas. DeFranco has been a member of HFTP since 1993. 

Members of the 2007-2008 HFTP Board of Directors include:

  • Director Steven Argo, CHAE, controller for Charlotte Country Club
  • Director Carson Booth, vp of information technology in Europe, Africa and Middle East for Starwood Hotels
  • Director Lisa M. Funk, CPA, CHAE, project manager for MTM Luxury Lodging
  • Director Brian P. Garavuso, CHTP, chief information officer for Hilton Grand Vacations
  • Director Ronald M. Hardin, CHTP, director of technology for Davidson Hotel Company
  • Exchange Director Joori Jeon, CPA, CAE, executive vice president/CFO at the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
  • Director David Manglos, CHAE, CPA, chief financial officer for Houston Country Club
  • Director Karl A. Munster, CPA, CHAE, director of finance for the HRI Lodging, Inc. 
  • Director Philip G. Newman, CPA, partner with McGladrey & Pullen LLP
  • Director RP Rama, CHA, CHTP, vp and director of technology and telecommunications for JHM Hotels 
  • Director Barry Robertson, CHAE, CHA, FBAHA 
  • Director Jerilyn B. Schnitzel, CHAE, CHTP, CAM, owner of Schnitzel Hospitality Consulting 
  • Director Jerald M. Trieber, CPA, CHAE, director of internal audit for Hersha Hospitality Management 
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 4,700 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)

Also See: HFTP Installs 2006-2007 Board of Directors and Executive Committee / November 2006


To search Hotel Online data base of News and Trends Go to Hotel.OnlineSearch
Home | Welcome| Hospitality News | Classifieds| One-on-One |
Viewpoint Forum | Industry Resources | Press Releases
Please contact Hotel.Onlinewith your comments and suggestions.