Hospitality Financial and
Technology Professionals (HFTP) recently chartered a new student chapter in Singapore. The new HFTP Asia Student Chapter will be
based at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Singapore Campus and will have strong ties with the HFTP Asia Chapter.
The second HFTP student chapter in Asia was formed
by James Lee, president of HFTP Asia Chapter
and director of finance at The Regent Singapore; Dr. Andy Nazarechuk, dean of UNLV Singapore; and Gerry Koh, adjunct professor at
UNLV Singapore. The HFTP Asia Chapter will be actively involved with the student chapter, as student members learn about the hospitality
industry through meetings, events and internships.
"Finance and technology are so critical to our business that knowledge of both is a core competency any hospitality professional must
have," said Lee. "I am very privileged to work with UNLV to initiate the student chapter, engage the future leaders of our industry and
contribute toward their success in education."
With that ideal in mind, six UNLV undergraduates came together to form the HFTP Asia Student Chapter. Currently, the student chapter has
62 members, surpassing the modest expectation of having 20 members. Over 40 people attended the organizational meeting on October 4,
2007 to vote for the chapter officers and directors. The first joint meeting between the HFTP Asia Chapter and HFTP Asia Student Chapter
will be in January, 2008.
"I am very happy and proud that our UNLV students have been able to establish the first HFTP student chapter in Singapore," said
Nazarechuk. "I am confident that this will be the beginning of a long term relationship between our students and industry professionals."
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