Frank Wolfe, CAE, to Continue as HFTP CEO

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HFTP Global President, Lisa Funk, CHAE, has confirmed that Frank I. Wolfe, CAE, has accepted HFTP's offer to remain at the helm of the association's management.

Wolfe continues as HFTP's CEO through May 2015, a job he has held since 1994. Wolfe started with the association in 1991 as its director of education.

"The HFTP Global Board and I see Frank as an important element to HFTPs expansion and global reputation. He has contributed greatly to the positive evolution of HFTP, keeping it current with global business practices," said Ms. Funk, director of finance at Alexis Hotel. "Through his partnership with HFTP members, the association has continued to provide benefits that are applicable to the modern professional, and has kept HFTP as an important player in the hospitality industry."

During Wolfe's tenure, the association has experienced tremendous growth in its educational programs, membership and certification programs. In addition to the expansion of HITEC (Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference), the formation of EHTEC (European Hospitality Technology Educational Conference) and the development of GUESTROOM 20X, Wolfe has been crucial to the associations worldwide brand expansion.

Wolfe frequently speaks on hospitality finance, technology, social media and travel issues to varied audiences and has presented in more than 20 countries. He has been featured in association, conference and industry publications including Convene Magazine, Association Management Magazine, MeetingTech Online and Hospitality Upgrade Magazine. He has appeared on several television network interviews and programs including CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, TVAsia and Bloomberg.

Earlier this year, Wolfe was inducted into the International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame for his stewardship to the industry and his leadership with various hospitality technology projects over the past 20 years. In June 2010 he was recognized as a "Technology Trailblazer" by Hotel Business Magazine and in October 2010 was featured by Boardroom Magazine in an exclusive cover story interview. He also received the HFTP Paragon Award in 2002 and was included in Lodging magazine's "75 Profiles in Leadership" edition in 2000.

Wolfe is a board member for the International Hotel and Restaurant Association, American Hotel and Lodging Association and the Deans Advisory Council Conrad Hilton College University of Houston. He is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives and has served on the board of directors of the Texas Society of Association Executives.

He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he received a degree in Health Administration and later attended graduate school there in the Counseling and Guidance Program. In 1992, he was awarded the Certified Association Executive designation (CAE), which is the association industry's highest designation.

He is married to Emily, an intellectual property rights paralegal, with whom he has recently co-authored an article on Intellectual Property in Association Management Magazine, and has two step sons, Niles and Nathan.

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