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Ms. Broussard

Denise Broussard

Senior Vice President Revenue Management & eCommerce, Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Denise M. Broussard is the Senior Vice President of Revenue Management & eCommerce for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. She is responsible for overseeing the global Revenue Management efforts of the company’s nearly 400 hotels in the USA. A 31-year veteran of the hotel industry, and 11 years with Interstate, Ms. Broussard previously held a Regional Director of Revenue Management position and was the former Corporate Director of Revenue Management with Flagstone Hospitality, managing the RFS REIT portfolio, overseeing more than 55 hotels. Prior to entering the Revenue Management discipline, Ms. Broussard held several operational roles, including General Manager at several hotels across the country. Ms. Broussard was named to her current position in 2007.

Ms. Broussard can be contacted at 703-387-3100 or denise.broussard@ihrco.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.