May 1, 20233 min read

HFTP Member Spotlight: Mark Gage

HFTP Member Spotlight

Many associations hold annual events and conferences for their industry's benefit, but few can claim the prestige and continuous success of HITEC. That success is due in no small part to the event Advisory Council, a group of multidisciplinary industry experts dedicated to developing the year's educational curriculum. The impressive group building the foundation of HITEC Toronto 2023 includes this week's Member Spotlight recipient, Mark Gage of Avondale, Arizona, who has been a member since 1996.

How long have you worked in the hospitality industry?

I started in the hospitality industry in college as a bellman and worked my way up through the front office and night audit teams. After stints in banquets, food and beverage and housekeeping, I left for a while and worked in aviation but eventually found my way back this time into IT management.

Over time, I found that my path was extremely helpful in understanding the industry and the challenges technology has helped address. There were many concerning operational issues without solutions back then that we all just take as the norm and quickly solve these days.

What are some of the highlights of your time with HFTP?

I joined HFTP's Valley of the Sun Chapter in Arizona in 1996. During this time, I served on the chapter board and as its president for several years. Nationally, I have attended and participated at HITEC and Annual Convention multiple times as a panelist, participant and educational committee member over the years. Recently, my position has allowed me to attend and participate in the CIO Summit.

What do you find most valuable about your HFTP membership?

The people, places and things—I love that while the flags may change, vendors move to their competitors, and nametags have a new hotel brand, the friendships, relationships, and networking over the years become solid and trustworthy. I get to add to and grow these friendships and relationships every year I'm a member.

About Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), established in 1952, is a nonprofit hospitality association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokesgroup for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and industry networking events.


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