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Brian L. Hightower, Certified Hospitality Technology Professional, to be Honored
as 2011 CHTP of the Year During the Upcoming Hospitality Industry
Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®)

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (May 2, 2011) – Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) will honor Brian L. Hightower, CHTP, as the 2011 CHTP (Certified Hospitality Technology Professional) of the Year during the Opening Session of the 2011 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) on Monday, June 20. In its 14th year, the CHTP of the Year honors the individual that scored the highest on the CHTP certification exam in a given year.

Hightower is a systems administrator for Fisher Island Club, a private island residential community and exclusive club off Miami Beach, Fla. He began working at Fisher Island in 1999 in the hotel front office. In 2001 he transferred into IT, when the IT director noticed he had an aptitude for computer systems. Hightower currently manages the club and property management systems, point-of-sale and virtual infrastructure.

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 340 professionals have earned the CHTP designation around the world. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE).

HITEC, produced by HFTP, is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference. The conference is June 20-23 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. It offers attendees a one-stop shop for essential education, access to experts and hospitality technology vendors, and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Visit  for complete information about all conference and exhibition events, including a full conference schedule, a map of the exhibit hall and the most current HITEC news.

For more information or to sign up to take a certification exam, contact the HFTP Certifications Department at, (800) 646-4387 or +1 (512) 249-5333 x29.

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 ho spitality-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.


Katy Walterscheidt 
Media/Public Relations Specialist 
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) 
11709 Boulder Lane, Ste. 110 | Austin , TX USA 78726-1832 
Ph: +1 (512) 249-5333

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