Frank Wolfe is CEO of Hospitality Financial & Technology Professional’s (HFTP) – a global association serving hospitality professionals that provides members with superior networking opportunities, industry-leading events, comprehensive certification programs, unique educational opportunities, and other essential resources for professional growth.
Throughout his career, Frank has been recognized as an industry leader. In 2000, Lodging Magazine included him in their “75 Profiles in Leadership” edition, a who’s who of individuals who major contributions to the industry. In 2002, Wolfe received the HFTP Paragon Award for significant contributions to HFTP and the hospitality industry. In June 2010 he was recognized as a “Technology Trailblazer” by Hotel Business Magazine, and in October 2010, was featured by BOARDROOM Magazine in an exclusive cover story interview. In addition, he has appeared on several television network interviews and programs including CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, TVAsia, and Bloomberg.
Frank is a graduate of East TN State University where he received a degree in Health Admin and attended graduate school there in the Counseling and Guidance Program. He moved to Austin Texas in 1987, and was hired by the Texas Restaurant Association as the Education Director where he worked for 4 years. In 1991, Frank was recruited by HFTP to serve as Director of Education, and 1994, he was promoted twice – first as Acting Director, then CEO, and he’s led the global organization ever since.
The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference will be the industry’s first large event to be held during the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta event will be a hybrid format of in-person and virtual access, also an industry first. Lee Hunter, chairman of the conference, knows the level of expectation is high among other conference planners as well as industry professionals eager to network after more than a yearlong hiatus. Episode 316 of Lodging Leaders podcast features Hunter as he tells what it takes to re-launch the industry’s conference circuit amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The coronavirus crisis has dramatically altered the traditional competitive set most hotels use to benchmark their business performance. During the pandemic, properties have reduced services; they’ve closed either permanently or temporarily; or they’ve transitioned to alternative uses by contracting out to essential travelers or social agencies in search of housing. Episode 315 explores the genesis of the hotel industry comp set and how the COVID-19 outbreak has changed the strategic business tool. This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.