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 Ian Cole, VP of Strategic Technology for Starwood Vacation Ownership,
Named the 2008 CHTP of the Year


AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (April 1, 2008) Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) will honor Ian Cole, CHTP, as the 2008 CHTP (Certified Hospitality Technology Professional) of the Year during the Opening Session of the 2008 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) on Monday, June 16. In its 11th year, the CHTP of the Year honors the individual that scored the highest on the CHTP certification exam in a given year. HITEC 2008 is June 16-19 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. 

"I'm honored to be the 2008 CHTP of the Year," said Cole. "I am a strong advocate of both continuous learning and industry knowledge and the CHTP certification allows me to demonstrate my commitment to these goals."

Cole is vice president of strategic technology for Starwood Vacation Ownership (SVO). He leads software development and web technology projects for SVO and is accountable for aligning business and technology strategy, as well as identifying and implementing new technologies. Ian joined SVO in 1998 and has been part of the IT leadership that helped the company grow from a small public company to being part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. 

Cole has been a member of HFTP since 2002 and is the chairman of the American Resort Developers Association Technology Forum. He frequently speaks at conferences, like HITEC, on topics such as mixed use technology, IT organizational design and leadership, enterprise information management (EIM), business process management (BPM) and customer relationship management (CRM).

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. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE).

For more information about certification, contact the Certification Department at, (800) 646-4387 or +1 (512) 249-5333 x29. For more information about HITEC, visit or e-mail  


HITEC 2008 is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference. It offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality technology education, led by industry peers and experts, and an unparalleled trade show showcasing the latest hospitality technology products and services from 300+ companies. The exhibit hall features a new version of GUESTROOM 2010, the Club Technology Pavilion and the HITEC FAVE Awards. 

About HFTP

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 4,800 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: Oliver Nihart-Arango Named 2007 Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) of the Year / May 2007
Richard Benoit, IT Manager for the Gaylord Palms Resort, Will be Honored as the 2005 Certified Hospitality Technology Professional of the Year / May 2005


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