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HFTP to Honor Ed Kingsmore as the 2011 CHAE (Certified
Hospitality Accountant Executive) of the Year at the
Upcoming Annual Convention & Tradeshow

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (August 17, 2011) – Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) will honor Ed Kingsmore, CPA, CHAE, as the 2011 CHAE (Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive) of the Year during Tuesday's General Session at HFTP's Annual Convention & Tradeshow. In its 28th year, the CHAE of the Year honors the individual that scored the highest on the CHAE certification exam in a given year. The Annual Convention & Tradeshow is October 19-22 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga.

Kingsmore is the controller at Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Inc. in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he has worked for 15 years. He is responsible for managing the financial and accounting, human resources, risk management, technology and administrative aspects of the club’s operations. Prior to joining the Dunes Club, Kingsmore was an auditor with the South Carolina State Auditor’s Office, performing audits of state agencies and universities.

“Becoming a CHAE was important to me because it demonstrates to my peers, my employer and the public my commitment to my career and competency and knowledge within the hospitality industry," said Kingsmore. "Maintaining the CHAE certification will enable me to stay current and to continue learning about issues relevant to my job and my industry.”

Along with his involvement with HFTP, he is also active in numerous organizations including: the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA), Grand Strand Optimist Club, Leadership Grand Strand and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Acknowledged throughout the industry, the CHAE certification elevates the professionalism of both the recipient and the industry by helping set standards for the field. Over 1,300 hospitality accountants from several countries have been certified since it began in 1981. HFTP recently launched an online practice exam for the CHAE which includes a sampling of actual CHAE exam questions that have been rewritten for examination preparation. The association also completed a four-part online CHAE review course that is still available for viewing on HFTP’s web site. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP).

About the Annual Convention
HFTP's Annual Convention & Tradeshow is a one-stop shop for hospitality-related education and networking. The convention's education program offers industry-specific, concurrent session tracks — club, hotel, general, technology and PCI compliance. The concurrent education sessions cover hot industry topics like how the new health care reform law affects clubs, labor management, social media in 30 minutes a day, myths and rumors in PCI compliance, hotel risk management issues and more.

For more information about the 2011 convention, and to register, visit the conference web site or contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at, (800) 646-4387 or +1 (512) 249-5333.

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 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
Public Relations & Social Media Manager
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)  
11709 Boulder Lane, Ste. 110 | Austin, TX USA 78726-1832
Ph: +1 (512) 249-5333 | (800) 646-4387 (US) x27
Fx: +1 (512) 249-1533| | |  

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