Mark Pate has been in the hospitality business for over 30 years after completing his undergraduate degree in Computer Science/Accounting & then earning his MBA in 1988. He began his career with Highpointe Hotel Corporation as a Regional Property Accountant & then became the Assistant Controller 2 years later. He also took on the role as IT Director in 1995 & HR Administrator in 2000.
Mark earned his Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designation in October 2003 & his Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) designation in October 2004. He is currently serving as the HFTP Vice President & will become Global President in October in San Antonio, Texas.
As the Assistant Controller/IT Director & HR Administrator for Highpointe, Mark oversees their corporate office & hotel IT program & is responsible for most new projects & initiatives. He coordinates their Business Intelligence platforms, budget & forecasting tools, SharePoint sites, ACA compliance programs & is responsible for the accounting associated with all new hotel projects & renovations. He also coordinates Highpointe’s vast electronic banking program & oversees their help desk function.
Mark likes to say that his main job is to ensure that all Highpointe team members have the information they need – when they need it.