Frank I. Wolfe, CEO for Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), was recognised as Most Influential Association CEO 2018 in Hospitality by the European-based corporate finance publication Acquisition International (AI). Published by AI Global Media, AI is a monthly magazine that seeks to inform and shape the global corporate conversation through a combination of high-quality editorial rigorous research and an experienced and dedicated worldwide network of advisors experts and contributors.
“This is truly an honour, but is really a testament to our talented staff as well as the HFTP Global Board of Directors and our Executive Committee. The past few years have been marked by significant progress for HFTP, as we have established long-planned events that place us as an internationally influential organisation. This honour is a notable recognition for all the efforts we have put in,” says Mr Wolfe. “We have also made available our signature services, such as quality education and resources to the global hospitality finance and technology community. I am proud that our efforts have been recognised by such an esteemed publication, but I also know that we have much more to accomplish.”
Recipients of the brand new honour are internally researched, shortlisted, judged and selected. The publication’s in-house research team looks into the global industry thoroughly in order to determine those most deserving of the accolade. Some factors the team takes into consideration include the nominee’s significant achievements over the past calendar year, company and career profile, commitment towards innovation and company performance under the individual’s leadership.
Wolfe has been with HFTP since March 1991 and assumed the CEO position in 1994. He has overseen the positive evolution and growth of the association. Under Wolfe, HFTP has made a number of bold moves towards global expansion, new club conferences, and many organised clusters of members around the world. In 2017, HFTP also expanded its Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), the largest hospitality technology conference brand in the world with two additional events in Europe and Dubai, in addition to its annual North American event. He also spearheaded the hospitality-specific search site Pineapplesearch.com and HFTP news sites, topic-specific sites for hospitality finance, technology, club, food and beverage, GDPR and the HFTP association.