Letter from HFTP Global President Mark Pate
Letter from HFTP Global President Mark Pate

By: Mark Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBA, HFTP International President

What an expertise these previous two yrs have been serving as HFTP Worldwide President. There are so lots of adjectives to describe this special epoch within HFTP’s 70-year heritage — complicated, tumultuous, stunning, outstanding, inspiring — and I am really very pleased to have been a portion of it.

Getting on the placement as HFTP Global President is not one where by you are instantly positioned with no considerably foreknowledge. But rather the HFTP management journey is designed in excess of several years when you obtain an comprehending of the association’s strategic targets and path. Ordinarily it begins with a Director place on the HFTP Global Board. And if you choose to implement and are chosen, you operate by the 3 positions on the Government Committee top to President.

I am outlining this because it was the quite a few hours collaborating as an HFTP leader, the direction of my predecessors and the perspectives of this management group that ended up key to my ability to lead our association all through a incredibly extraordinary interval.

No Success With no a Workforce

Right before continuing, I would like to get a second to thank the HFTP World-wide Board of Directors for their willingness to volunteer their time and expertise — even extending their allotted time serving on the Board. I also want to increase gratitude to my mentors on the government committee: Michael Levie, CHTP, Scott Campbell, CHTP and Timothy Nauss, CHAE+ who have been on the Govt Committee when I began as secretary. And serving alongside me these previous two years are Neil Foster, CHTP Stephanie Anderson, CHAE, CPA, CGMA and Justin Taillon, Ph.D., CHTP. Many thanks to each of you.    

I cannot go on without recognizing the personal who keeps all of the gears moving. That is HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE, FIH, who celebrated his 30th year at HFTP in 2021. We are blessed to have these kinds of a committed person working the affiliation. Frank’s devotion and innovative considering continue on to amaze me. Thank you Frank.

Unknowns and Pivots

My installation as HFTP President was quite much a representation of the time. It was aspect of HFTP’s 1st virtual Once-a-year Small business Conference in October 2020. It was rather fun and finished at a minute when we were all grateful to interact with fellow HFTP customers no matter how it was finished.

By this time, the HFTP workforce experienced presently become fairly professional with the virtual presentation structure. As we must all don’t forget – because it wasn’t so extended in the past – HFTP was by now offering digital Zoom Hangouts given that the Spring of that calendar year.

Then when we couldn’t host an in-particular person HITEC for the to start with time in a long time, the initial at any time CYBER HITEC was held. I really do not think I can adequately specific how thrilling it was for me. I was astonished by the keynote speakers, the phenomenal schooling sessions, the superior-tech booths of our organization partners. All professional from my own pc display screen.

At the start out of my term as President we had to continue when there ended up nonetheless a ton of unknowns — specifically whether or not we could basically return to the in-individual, networking gatherings that so quite a few of our stakeholders get pleasure from. Simply because of this, the HFTP World-wide team managed a sturdy digital instruction program that has aided our users and stakeholders study and converse. The method continues to be and the offerings have been plentiful, numerous and enlightening. Not only are they offered reside and for free of charge, but past sessions are held in an archive to accommodate everyone’s schedules.

Collage of Mark Pate as HFTP president.

A Return to What We Know

Thankfully, we ended up in a position to return, with caution, to in-particular person occasions in 2021. Commencing with the March 2021 Club Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and next up that Fall with the co-positioned HITEC 2021 and HFTP Yearly Conference in Dallas, Texas. And as the Pandemic eased and the field rebounded, so has our in-man or woman programming.

I am delighted that we just celebrated the 50th Anniversary of HITEC in Orlando this earlier June. The final results were gorgeous. There ended up around 6,100 attendees and plenty of feedback on how useful the knowledge was. Just perusing my LinkedIn feed that week, you would’ve believed there was practically nothing else likely on but HITEC. An illustration of how very well our business associates considered the display, previously 83 p.c of the 2023 exhibit corridor floor is reserved.

Launching into its following era, HFTP ideas to make investments in the power of this proven party. Primarily with the announcement of a brand name-new, competing function on the same days of HITEC North The us in 2023. We are self-confident in HITEC and presently promising are the special locations for the subsequent two several years: Toronto in 2023 and Charlotte, North Carolina in 2024.  

Also gratifying is the show of guidance for HFTP and HITEC by our allied associations. Supporting HFTP are HSMAI — Hospitality Revenue and Marketing and advertising Association Global Americas the Intercontinental Hospitality Facts Technological know-how Association — iHITA International Council on Lodge, Cafe, and Institutional Education and learning — ICHRIE Asian American Hotel Homeowners Affiliation — AAHOA Females Leading Travel and Hospitality — WLT&H Club Management Affiliation of The us — CMAA and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Affiliation — CHTA. Together with our companions we will collaborate to share know-how for the betterment of the marketplace.

My involvement in what has just been explained would not be a fact without the need of my obtaining taken a action to volunteer with HFTP. My closing ask for as president is to question you to volunteer for HFTP. It’s time to consider your skill set to a full new amount – volunteering to serve on any of the amazing councils and committees that aid get the get the job done of HFTP accomplished. By serving on a council, you will satisfy some of the most talented men and women in the hospitality marketplace. You will also be functioning with the phenomenal HFTP Worldwide crew – the gentlemen and girls who make HFTP operate on a each day foundation.

I have experienced the privilege to provide on the CHAE (Accredited Hospitality Accountant Govt) and CHTP (Licensed Hospitality Engineering Professional) Advisory Councils, the Youthful Industry experts Council, the HITEC Advisory Council, the HFTP Once-a-year Convention Education Advisory Council, the Education and learning Advisory Council and the Editorial Review Council that have been shaped about the several years. It is by serving on these councils that you are introduced to the internal workings of HFTP and encounter the problems that arrive with going a just one-of-a-type association like HFTP forward.

Thank you to all of the HFTP customers and stakeholders. This has been an encounter of a life span and I look ahead to remaining associated with the affiliation.

Mark Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBA is the HFTP World-wide Board President and assistant controller & IT director for Highpointe Hotel Corporation.