No matter where you are in your career, there's always something to take away from association membership and something you can give back to others. This week's Member Spotlight honoree has seen both sides of the coin: meet Art Burger of Fountain Hills, Arizona who has been a member since 1985.
I've been in the hospitality industry for over five decades working for over a dozen companies in more than 60 different positions. I originally started working at 15 years old as a houseman at a Holiday Inn on the Ohio Turnpike, and that experience led me to graduate years later from SCF Bradenton in Florida with a degree in hotel/restaurant management. However, I've seen many different segments of hotels and sides of both the front and back offices in my time before my current role as principal of Art Burger Consulting, specializing in asset management and hospitality industry advisory services that include litigation expert witness engagement.
I joined HFTP in 1985 when the Valley of the Sun IAHA chapter leadership needed a location to hold a dinner meeting, so I volunteered and then joined. Upon joining the Doubletree Hotels Corporation— the original Doubletree!—in 1987, our corporate controller Clyde Cruise required all finance leaders to not only maintain membership but become involved with local and national IAHA leadership. With Doubletree based in Phoenix and multiple finance leaders at both the corporate and local level active in the Valley of the Sun Chapter, we all participated in HITEC as well as Annual Convention on a yearly basis. Clyde and Phil Tubb get the recognition for pushing my initial involvement, but going on to become a Global Board member for the first time in 1995 is due to encouragement from a young Frank Wolfe.
After nearly 40 years as a member of HFTP and more than 30 years holding CHAE certification, my involvement with IAHA/HFTP has had a huge impact on my professional and personal life. The association overall has provided me with educational tools, valuable experiences and networking opportunities while my local chapter participation helps me improve my leadership and public speaking value.
Being involved in a volunteer organization requires you to take on a far greater execution role to be successful in motivating yourself as well as those volunteers around you. HFTP has improved my self-confidence, industry knowledge, communication and negotiation skills which have greatly benefited my own professional development along with my ability to support the advancement of others.
My membership has been an essential and valuable part of my career that has also helped me develop a better balance work-life balance. I've been very lucky that after more than four decades of marriage, I have a beautiful spouse that has supported my involvement that has in turn helped me support our daughter and son who are both also in the hospitality industry.
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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