Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA and Sanjay Nadkarni, Ph.D. have been chosen because the 2021 Hospitality Monetary and Expertise Professionals (HFTP®) Paragon Award recipients for his or her wonderful course of the HFTP Analysis Facilities and their impactful tutelage over hospitality college students and HFTP scholar members. Venegas is World Head of Buyer Success for HotStats, Inc., however had beforehand served as director/govt director of the HFTP Americas Analysis Heart on the College of Houston from 2002 – 2018. Nadkarni is Director of Innovation and Analysis at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Administration and oversees the HFTP Center East Analysis Heart, established in 2016. Venegas and Nadkarni will probably be honored on October 20, 2021 throughout HFTP’s Annual Enterprise Assembly, held just about.

“It’s really an honor to be nominated by my HFTP household and colleagues within the {industry} and chosen because the recipient of the 2021 HFTP Paragon Award,” mentioned Venegas.
Venegas began as a educating assistant working for the College of Houston in 2002. She was assigned to the HFTP Analysis Heart which was based as a part of HFTP’s initiative to offer the hospitality {industry} with the best high quality sources and analysis. Upon graduating with a Grasp’s diploma, she was the plain alternative for the brand new govt director place and labored there for greater than 15 years. In her time on the HFTP Americas Analysis Heart, Tanya helped particular person HFTP members by answering a whole bunch of questions. As well as, she has overseen a number of analysis initiatives commissioned by HFTP management. From the start she led the biennial HFTP Compensation and Advantages Survey, monitoring wage and profit developments with every report. Tanya helped construct and preserve the World Hospitality Accounting Frequent Practices (GHACP), a searchable database of detailed working monetary reporting practices. And eventually, she was a major contributor to HFTP publications, writing in-depth articles, weblog posts and analysis reviews on sizzling matters and developments.
Tanya can also be a volunteer and has been a mentor, and a task mannequin for the College of Houston HFTP Pupil Cougar Chapter. Her mentoring has helped the “Cougs” win the HFTP Pupil Chapter of the 12 months Award many instances. As well as, she has been an integral a part of the Better Houston Chapter having served each on the board and as a president of the chapter.
In 2021, she took on the place of Director of Buyer Success, for the lodge monetary analytics agency HotStats, which was establishing a presence in the USA. She has lately been promoted to the place of World Head of Buyer Success, HotStats.
“I’m privileged to have been chosen for the Paragon Award. If there’s one key takeaway from these tough instances, it’s the significance of being digitally versatile,” says Nadkarni. “I’m delighted to have had the chance to contribute in bringing the advantages of digital agility and transformation to hospitality. The award is a sworn statement that teachers, too, can add worth to this unbelievable {industry}, and I’m grateful to HFTP for being a part of this story.”
Nadkarni has been important to HFTP’s rising presence within the Center East, together with an lively Analysis Heart primarily based on the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Administration. He additionally has labored tirelessly to assist develop programming for HITEC Dubai and HFTP’s E20X expertise start-up competitors.
Nadkarni’s area pursuits are within the convergence area of analytics, digital and sustainability within the companies sector. His portfolio includes of educational and utilized analysis, advisory and consultancy assignments for company, authorities and multilateral companies, along with his pedagogic follow which incorporates visiting professorships at premier tutorial establishments in Asia and Europe. He’s additionally a verified Dubai Futures Analysis Contributor. Nadkarni’s focus is on growing and co-creating utilized analysis and capability constructing practices which have a tangible influence on the {industry}. He’s enthusiastic about leveraging Trade 4.0 and democratizing knowledge science to profit small and micro-businesses and enjoys mentoring in social entrepreneurship.
Established in 1999, the distinguished HFTP Paragon Award acknowledges people annually who’ve made a big and lasting contribution to each HFTP and the hospitality {industry}. Paragon Award nominees could be HFTP members; representatives of industry-related associations, societies or commerce publications; leaders from hospitality companies, academic establishments and different associated disciplines. A panel of {industry} consultants selects the award recipients who’re historically acknowledged at HFTP’s Annual Conference every October.
Earlier Paragon Award winners embrace: Alice Banks, CHAE (1999); Henry “Buddy” Weeks, CHAE (1999); Frank Santos, CHAE, CHA (2000); Katherine Cavanagh, CHAE (2001); Raymond Schmidgall, PH.D., CPA, CHAE (2002); Frank Wolfe, CAE (2002); Len Bartello, CPA, CHAE, CHTP (2003); John J. Cahill, CHA, CHTP (2004); Wendy Zurstadt, CPA, CHAE, CHTP (2005); Richard Braa, CHAE (2006); Robert Patasnick, CPA (2007); George Glazer (2008); Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE (2009); Stephen LeBruto, CPA, CHAE, Ed.D. (2009); and Steve Doherty, CHAE, CHTP (2010); Frank Agnello Jr., CMA, CHAE (2011); Howard Subject, FBHA, FCA (2012); Joseph McInerney, CHA (2013); Evelyn Adams (2014); Ralph R. Miller, CPA, CA, CBV, CHA, CHAE (2015); Raman (R. P.) Rama B. Com, CHA Emeritus, CHTP, CHAE (2016); Kris S. Shoemaker, CMA, CGFO, CHAE, CHTP, CPFIM (2016); Mary Gerdts (2017); Anna McFarland, CPA, CFE, CHAE, CHTP (2018); Thomas Smith, CHAE (2019); and Ian Millar, CHTP (2020).
The HFTP Annual Enterprise Assembly will happen just about on Wednesday, October 20; entry particulars to be introduced nearer to the occasion. For the newest information, comply with HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Fb, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For extra details about HFTP occasions, contact the HFTP Conferences & Particular Occasions Division at [email protected], +1 (512) 249-5333. For extra data on the Paragon Award, contact the HFTP Communications Division at [email protected] or +1 (512) 249-5333.

About HFTP
Hospitality Monetary and Expertise Professionals (HFTP®) established in 1952, is a global, nonprofit affiliation, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with workplaces in the UK, Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is acknowledged because the spokes group for the finance and expertise segments of the hospitality {industry} with members and stakeholders spanning throughout the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the {industry}’s urgent points and assists its stakeholders find options to their challenges extra effectively than any group. It does this through its professional networks, analysis, certification applications, data sources and conferences/occasions equivalent to HITEC. HFTP additionally owns the world’s solely hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For extra details about HFTP, electronic mail [email protected] or go to the HFTP web site.