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Mr. Suglia

Jesse Suglia

Director of Sales & Marketing, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

Jesse Suglia is Director of Sales & Marketing at the Sheraton New York Times Square, Sheraton’s flagship hotel. An experienced leader with more than 15 years working in the domestic and international group, business travel and leisure hotel travel segments, Mr. Suglia has held hotel sales positions in major cities including New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Prior to joining Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Suglia worked for Omni Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels and The Global Hotel Alliance and where he was Director, Travel Industry & International Sales and leading the New York Global Sales Center. Mr. Suglia’s prior roles with Omni Hotels & Resorts included Area Director of Sales & Marketing, Senior Director, Global Sales and Director, Global Business Travel Sales. Mr. Suglia earned a B.A. in Hotel Management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed the Institute of Business Travel Management, Global Leadership Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Suglia can be contacted at 212-841-6577 or jesse.suglia@sheraton.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.