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Input Requested: It’s Time to Revisit HFTP’s Chapter Structure

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Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. —Pauline R. Kezer

DispatchesWith the idea of keeping our roots strong, but recognizing that we need to change to have HFTP’s branches reach around the globe, the recent HFTP Leadership Strategy Summit concentrated significant time on the issues facing our chapters. In the meeting we noticed an overall trend in the conversation that identified that we must be prepared for a rapid cultural change in our association. With this in mind, the HFTP Global Executive Committee, with the support of the HFTP Global Board of Directors, is organizing a Chapter Structure Task Force. This group will be tasked with analyzing how the current chapter structure is working, how it should be adjusted as we continue global expansion, and how to make everyone’s experience a great one in HFTP.

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A Season without Seasonal Visas?

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0315_PabianIt has been a frustrating and scary month for those operating seasonal businesses, with the club and hospitality industries particularly affected. With so many organizations in the club and hospitality industries relying on foreign nationals to work during busy months, the suspension of the H-2B seasonal visa program, and the aftereffects that continue, has sent shockwaves from coast to coast.On March 4, 2015, because of a federal district court case in Florida, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) was forced to immediately suspend all aspects of H-2B visa processing. The reason for the suspension was that the court found that the DOL did not have legal authority to issue H-2B visa regulations (as it had been doing since 2008). In response to the court’s ruling, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the other government agency involved in H-2B adjudication/processing, also suspended its processing of H-2B visa petitions as of March 4. Therefore, as of March 4, the H-2B visa process was completely and indefinitely suspended in the United States. Read More »

New Leadership Strategy Summit Plans for HFTP’s Future

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Pictures from the March 2015 Leadership Strategy Summit 

Like any organization aiming to maintain a successful position, HFTP leaders are continually looking at ways to maintain importance in the hospitality finance and technology industry. This last week in Irving, Texas approximately 50 leaders gathered for an intense strategy meeting to brainstorm over five mega questions that will help move HFTP forward into the future. Discussions revolved around whether HFTP should expand globally, how to best accommodate a chapter structure going forward and new revenue streams for the association. Read a dispatch from HFTP Global President Daniel Conti, Jr., CHAE, CAM detailing the discussion at the Leadership Strategy Summit.

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Disptaches from HFTP Global – Leadership Strategy Summit

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LSS15 Blog Head DispatchesWhat happens when 50 passionate HFTP leaders get in a room to discuss HFTP’s future? You get a lot of opinions, a lot of discussion and a lot of direction. Led by Cindy Estis Green, HFTP held the Leadership Strategy Summit in Dallas last week to discuss the mega issues facing the association. Keeping the core purpose of HFTP at the forefront — to lead and advance the hospitality profession by providing a forum for continuous learning and knowledge sharing — leaders from across the globe gathered to give their opinions and debate the direction of HFTP. Ultimately, we came away with a consensus on the proper direction and projects HFTP should be focusing on. Read More »

New Year, New CHTP Certification and a New CHAE Possibility on the Horizon

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Litchfield01After a lot of hard work by last year’s Certification Advisory Council and Task Forces, HFTP recently launched the new Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) certification program for 2015. The new CHTP program launch includes a revised exam, application process and policy and procedures. The new CHTP exam is now divided into three sections: hospitality applications, hospitality technology management and core technology. The new CHTP program is ideal for mid-management level industry professionals in hospitality technology. With over 500+ new and revised exam questions to choose from in the exam software, candidates will be assured to see exam content that is up-to-date with today’s hospitality industry. Additionally, HFTP has developed a plan to maintain the certification exam questions which will keep them current and up- to-date going forward — a challenge with the prior generation’s exams. Read More »

HITEC 2015: Getting Ready for Mobile Payments

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morosan0315edit The fragmented nature of hospitality transactions requires both consumers and merchants alike to think carefully about how services will be paid for in the future. Right now, the easy to use magnetic stripe cards are still popular among both consumers and merchants; however, that is about to change with the deployment of the newer electronic payment protocols, which are designed to be more secure. The year 2015 is critical for this change, as merchants get ready to deploy terminals capable of contact-less electronic payments. Read More »

My Trip to the Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference

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Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference 201DispatchesAs the plane’s wheels touched the ground, the captain came onto the loudspeaker, “Welcome to Richmond, Virginia where the local time is 3:42 p.m. and the current temperature is 7 degrees.” It was at this point I asked myself: Why in the world is this regional held in February? I assume it is because my good friends in the region wanted to see my South Florida body freeze. Read More »

Don’t Miss the Looming Deadline, Preparing for April 1st H-1B Visa Filings

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For further details on H-1B visa filings and other work visa options, attend Pabian’s ProLinks webinar on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST. A longer version of this article can be found in the Winter 2015 issue of The Bottomline (set to publish Feb 2, 2015).

It is unavoidable – every year, we receive the dreaded phone call. It comes in early April and a new client calls very excited about sponsoring a foreign national (non-U.S. Citizen/non-U.S. Permanent Resident) who is a current or potential employee. I have to explain that the client called two weeks too late and there is little that can be done for the next 18 months. The client then has to tell its employee that he or she is likely going to have to return home or is unlikely to be able to be hired. Read More »

It’s Just a Party!…Or is it?

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Have you ever been in a department store with your child at your side having a meltdown? How about being in a new management position, with a new company and not knowing where to start? Or being a member of an association and wanting to attend a conference, but your boss just says, “It’s just a party…”?

Never fear: there will always be someone out there to judge you. Especially singles, that don’t have any experience in parenting, or worker bees who have no idea of the stresses of management, or a boss who lets you come to Annual Convention, but has never come to find out first-hand what it’s about. Are you catching on? Don’t be so quick to judge when you haven’t even worn my size 9ww shoes. Read More »

A Good Night’s Sleep

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For quite a few of us today, it was an “ethical” kind of day. Being the proud HFTP certificate holder that I am (CHAE, 2007) and with the new CPE requirements for maintaining 4 points of ethics during your two year reporting period, today was a fabulous day. By attending the three ethics classes offered this week, any HFTP certificate holder was able to clear out the new ethics requirement. Whew! What a relief and a BIG thanks to the HFTP Education Council for making attaining said credits so accessible! Read More »

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