Annual Meeting of the National Association of Hotel Accountants in New York on November 9, 1954: (seated, l to r) J.A. Harrison, Irene Mahood, Gertrude Shiff, Joseph Dacey, Lawrence Purjet, Jerry Prime, Kay Goodwill, and George Boyd; (standing, l to r) John Lesure, Scott Hardy, Louis Mintzer Jr., T.V. Hunt, John Hurt, Thomas Martin, James DeMarais, Dean Scott, Charles Fitzsimmons, W.J. Forster, Catharine Walling, J.P. McSheffrey, Sidney Gespass and Salvatore Liguori
HFTP’s roots stem from a number of state-centered accountant associations who decided it was a benefit to the industry to create a national network. Through the support of both the Texas Hotel Accountants Association and the Hotel Accountants of New York, the formal organization of the National Association of Hotel Accountants was formed on October 26, 1952 in New York City at the Hotel Lexington. Today HFTP has over 4,800 members worldwide.
Our association was originally incorporated as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. In order to better reflect the association’s changing member demographics, the association has been known under four different names: the National Association of Hotel Accountants, the National Association of Hotel-Motel Accountants, the International Association of Hospitality Accountants, and finally, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.