2017 Schedule of Events

Thursday, Feb. 23
Registration and Sponsor Setup
Thursday, Feb. 23
Opening Reception and Sponsor Showcase
Thursday, Feb. 23
Dinner On Your Own
Friday, Feb 24
7:00 - 8:00 am
Registration, Breakfast, and Sponsor Showcase 
Friday, Feb 24
8:00 - 8:15 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Friday, Feb 24
8:15 - 9:15 am
HFTP Update
Representative from HFTP
An overview of HFTP’s global activities, progress, and challenges over the past year, along with a look ahead.
Friday, Feb 24
9:15 - 10:15 am
A Foundation for Success
Terry Price, CPA, CHAE, CHTP      HFT Consulting Group
Terry has worked in the hospitality industry for 25+ years, most of which were spent serving as the Controller and CIO at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, N.C.  Terry is an active member in Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), an international association recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry, of which he served as HFTP Global President from 2009 to 2010.  Terry attended Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. where he received two Bachelor Degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems.  
10:15 - 10:30 am Break
Friday, Feb 24
10:30 - 11:30 am
Wage and Hour Update
Christine Ryan, Administrator, NC Department of Labor
Christine Ryan has been the Administrator of the Wage & Hour Bureau of the NC Department of Labor since 2015.  Prior to that, she served as Deputy General Counsel and Small Business Ombudsman with the NC Department of Commerce and has held several positions with the NC Attorney General's office, primarily in the Consumer Protection Division.  She has a law degree from Wake Forest School of Law and a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology from UNC-Chapel Hill,
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch
Friday, Feb 24
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Update on New FASB Lease Requirements
Rod Wilson, Hughes, Pittman & Gupton, LLP
Rod has over 10 years of experience in public accounting.   Rod is a senior manager in the Firm's audit practice and heads the Firm’s Ag Biotech practice.  He works with clients in a variety of industries, including biomedical and pharmaceutical, software and technology development, healthcare, venture funds, as well as nonprofits.  His experience in these industries includes audits, reviews, and compilations of financial statements, testing and documentation of internal controls, and general business consulting.
Friday, Feb 24
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Learn to Learn: How to Use Metacognitive Strategies to Increase Your Potential!
Dawn Lopez, CPA, CMA, CHAE
Dawn Lopez has been working with business leaders and future business leaders (students) for more than two decades.  She has worked in public accounting, private industry, and as an accounting educator.  Lopez currently works at Johnson & Wales University, where she joined the Charlotte team in 2004 as the Campus Controller (2004 - 2009) and then began teaching full-time in 2009.  In 2016, Lopez was appointed Director of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center at Johnson & Wales University.
3:00 - 3:15 pm Break
Friday, Feb 24
3:15 - 4:15 pm
Cyber Risks: A Hospitality Perspective
Harvey Johnson, CPA, CGMA, PBMares CPA & Business Consulting
Mr. Johnson has more than twelve years of public accounting experience performing audits and other assurance services for both public and private companies.  In his current position, Mr. Johnson oversees all of the firms IT based work, including CyberSecurity, risk assessments, IT general control audits, SOC audits and vulnerability assessments.  He is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Society (TCVSCPA) of Certified Public Accountants, where he served as President on the Board of Directors of the TCVSCPA.  He is a five-time recipient (2009 - 2013) of Virginia Business magazine's “Super CPA” recognition in the Young CPAs category.  Mr. Johnson graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  He also holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  In addition to being a CPA, he has also earned the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. 
Friday, Feb 24
4:15 - 5:15 pm
How to Retire Rich……and Happy!!!!
Will Sneed, Dixon Hughes Goodman Wealth Advisors
Will Sneed is a Director of DHG Wealth Advisors and manager of their Eastern North Carolina and Virginia offices. He is a 30-year veteran of the investment industry and works with individuals and families to deliver comprehensive financial solutions. Will also helped to develop and has worked closely with our DHGWA Retirement Plan Services team, servicing Corporate Retirement Plans.  Will graduated from the School of Business at East Carolina University and also holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® designation through the College of Financial Planning
Friday, Feb 24
6:00 – 7:00pm
Friday, Feb 24
7:00 – 10:00pm
Saturday, Feb 25
8:30 - 9:30 am
Registration, Breakfast, and Sponsor Showcase 
Saturday, Feb 25
9:30 - 10:30 am
Hiring Mistakes in the Hospitality Industry
Crystal Assadzandi, Human Resources Director, Lowes Home Building Supply (formerly with Champion Hills Golf Club)
Chrystal has been working in the Hospitality industry for over two decades in many different roles.  She started her management career as the Special Events Director at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA.  She also served as the Assistant Tournament Director for the 1998 Women's U.S.  Open at the Blackwolf Run in Kohler Wisconsin.  From 1999 until 2012 she worked at Champion Hills Club in Hendersonville, NC where she served as the Human Resources Manager and the Membership Director concurrently.  Shortly after moving to Pinehurst in 2012, she was hired by Lowe's Home Improvement as the Human Resources Manager for one of the stores.  Chrystal holds the designation as  the Senior Professional in Human Resources as well as the SHRM Senior Certified Professional.
10:30 - 10:45 am Break
Saturday, Feb 25
10:45 - 11:45 am
It's Twitter Bird Season
Terry Price, CPA, CHAE, CHTP     HFT Consulting Group
Saturday, Feb 25     11:45 - Noon Closing Remarks