HFTP Announces HITEC Advisory Council

AUSTIN, TX; June 10, 2003 -Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) recently announced the 2004 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) Advisory Council.
The 2004 HITEC Advisory Council Chairman is Thomas H. Murphy, chief information officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

“Having been established 31 years ago, HITEC has developed into a premiere event for the hospitality technology industry,” said Murphy. “When putting together the team for next year’s HITEC, it was important to recruit individuals who are involved with the industry’s most current actions, because they are the ones who are going to keep HITEC at the top.”

HITEC 2004 will be held in Dallas at the Dallas Convention Center on June 22-24. For more information on HITEC 2004, go to www.hitec.org or contact the HITEC Department at (800) 646-4387 or (512) 249-5333.

Members of the 2004 HITEC Advisory Council include:

Chair Thomas H. Murphy, chief information officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.;
Frank A. Agnello, Jr., CMA, CHAE, controller, The Wyndgate;


Larry Chervenak, CHAE, president of Chervenak, Keane & Company;
/// Daniel J. Connolly, Ph.D., assistant professor, ITEC, University of Denver;
/// Stephen P. D`Erasmo, CHTP, manager of information technology, Walt Disney World;
/// Jane Durment, chief information officer, The Marcus Corporation;
/// Cindy Estis Green, consultant and chair, HSMAI Foundation;
/// Kenneth Gay, director of IS and technologies, Premier Resorts;
/// Mark G. Haley, CHTP, partner, The Prism Partnership, LLC;
///  Ted Horner, managing director, E Horner & Associates Pty Ltd;
/// Michael S. Hwu, vice president of information services, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts;
/// Elizabeth Lauer Ivey, senior technology strategist, HVS Technology Strategies;
/// Richard J. Jackson, vice president and chief information officer, American Hotel & Lodging Association;
/// Michael H. Kistner, chief information officer, Best Western International;
/// Scott Nowakowski, CHTP, director of information technology, Affinia Hospitality;
/// Darrin R. Pinkham, CHTP, chief technology officer, Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando;
/// Nicholas Malcolm Price, director of technology, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Ltd.;
/// Tina Marie Samson, CHAE, chief financial officer, Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando;
/// Michael Schubach, CHTP, vice president of resorts technology, The Pinehurst Company;
/// Jules A. Sieburgh, CHTP, CHA,Êsenior vice president and chief technology officer, Host Marriott Corp.;
/// Richard M. Siegel, president and publisher, Hospitality Upgrade/Hotel-Online.com;
/// Scott Alan Smith, associate partner, IBM Business Consulting Services Travel and Transportation Industry;
/// Clive R. H. Taylor, IT director, The Savoy Group;
/// Frank I. Wolfe, CAE, executive vice president and CEO, HFTP;
/// Derek Wood, managing director, Derek Wood Associates LTD;
/// Christopher P. Yellen, CHA, vice president of property systems & performance services, Choice Hotels International

Based in Austin, Texas, HFTP is the professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, resorts, clubs, casinos, restaurants and other hospitality-related businesses. The association provides continuing education and networking opportunities to more than 4,000 members around the world, and produces the premiere hospitality technology shows HITEC and ONHTEC. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in 1952 as the National Association of Hotel Accountants.

HFTP®, HITEC® and ONHTEC® are registered service marks of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.