April 3, 20234 min read

HFTP Announces 2023 CHTP of the Year Award Recipient

Yalley Achieves Highest Annual CHTP Exam Score — Photo by HFTP

HFTP is thrilled to announce Samuel Yalley, CHTP has earned the 2023 Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP®) of the Year award, after completing the certification exam in record time and attaining the highest score for the year. Yalley will be recognized for his achievements during HITEC® Toronto 2023, taking place June 26-29 at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre.

Get to Know Samuel Yalley

I am originally from a small West African country called Ghana. I am currently the Director of Technology Solutions for Dollywood Theme Parks and Resorts. I began my technology career in the financial and banking sector, but it was joining the hospitality industry 12 years ago that truly ignited my passion. Being able to see the immediate impact of our work on the guest experience, and the smiles it puts on their faces, is incredibly fulfilling.

I am truly grateful for the knowledge and expertise that I have gained through the CHTP certification, and I cannot thank HFTP enough for providing such a valuable resource to hospitality professionals like myself. This certification has not only equipped me with the methodologies and best practices in the industry but also helped me become a better employee for my company.

Thanks to the CHTP certification, I am now in a better position to partner with my operators in implementing and maintaining innovative solutions that improve operational efficiencies and enhance guest experiences. However, I am aware that there is always much to learn in this industry, and I remain committed to further developing my skills and knowledge to better serve the organizations and individuals I work with, and most importantly, our guests.

I owe this accomplishment to the support and guidance of my colleagues and mentors who played an instrumental role in helping me achieve this milestone. I am humbled and honored to have received this recognition. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to HFTP for the invaluable tools, resources and networking opportunities they provide to hospitality professionals like myself. HFTP's various educational programs, events and publications have provided me with a wealth of knowledge and expertise that has helped me succeed in the hospitality industry.

The networking opportunities offered by HFTP have also allowed me to connect with like-minded professionals and build relationships that have been instrumental in my professional growth and development. I am privileged to be a part of this community and look forward to both contributing to and benefiting from the exceptional tools and resources that HFTP has to offer. Once again, thank you to HFTP for all that they do to support and elevate the hospitality industry.

About the CHTP Designation

The CHTP designation is the ultimate achievement in hospitality information technology by showing a dedication to both the hospitality and technology industries. The CHTP exam was first given in 1994 at HITEC in Dallas, Texas USA. Since then, more than 400 professionals have earned the CHTP designation around the world. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the CHAE industry designation.

About HFTP Certifications

HFTP's certification programs are globally recognized for setting industry standards for hospitality finance and technology. Qualification for the exams is based on level of education and experience in the industry; student programs are also available. Active certificants have reported higher salaries and various career advancement opportunities. Becoming certified indicates an individual's commitment to professionalism, continuing education and their chosen career path.

For more information on HFTP's certification programs, contact HFTP Director of Career Development Robin Bogdon at [email protected] or visit www.hftp.org.


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