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Mr. Crabbe

Ryan Crabbe

Senior Director Global Spa Brands, Spa Operations Americas Hilton

Ryab Crabbe is Senior Director Global Spa Brands, Hilton Spa Operations, Americas. Mr. Crabbe leads overall strategy and brand management for Spa at Hilton Worldwide. Hilton is one of the largest operators of spa and wellness businesses in hospitality and manages spas under its Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Curio, Hilton, Doubletree and Embassy Suites brands. Mr. Crabbe’s team develops concepts, tools and resources that enhance the guest experience, position Hilton brands as spa innovators and create measurable commercial value for its community of owners and operators. In addition to his brand responsibilities, Mr. Crabbe leads operations for Hilton’s spa portfolio in the Americas and is responsible for new project development, delivery of financial and guest satisfaction objectives, and the leadership of a field of talented spa leaders. Mr. Crabbe has been with Hilton based in McLean, Virginia for five years. Prior to Hilton, Mr. Crabbe served in senior roles with Wynn Resorts and Ritz-Carlton Hotels where he developed and opened numerous spas, led the achievement of several Forbes four and five star spa facilities, and optimized financial performance for numerous hospitality and leisure assets. Mr. Crabbe graduated from the University of Virginia in 2001 and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Mr. Crabbe can be contacted at 703-883-1028 or ryan.crabbe@hilton.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.