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Mr. Spector

Dave Spector

Partner, Tambourine

Dave Spector is a Partner at Tambourine, a marketing technology company specializing in helping hotels and tourism organizations increase revenue. The firm, with offices in Fort Lauderdale and New York City, has doubled in size every year since 2011. The firm is a member of HSMAI, HFTP, AHLA and was recently honored with Travel Weekly and HSMAIís highest awards. Prior to Tambourine, Mr. Spector was a member of the start-up team at two ventures that grew rapidly and eventually went public, with annual revenues of more than $150M. He specializes in fixing broken marketing tactics and believes marketing teams, like their sales counterparts, should be held accountable for revenue production. For ten years, Mr. Spector was a Partner and creative director at one of the fastest-growing advertising agencies in the Southeast United States. The agency was sold in 1999 to WPP Group/London (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world's largest Advertising Agency. The following year, Mr. Spector helped raise $6M in venture capital and co‐founded vFinance, Inc, one of the first truly integrated online/offline financial services firms. The firm went public and merged with National Securities (NHLD) in 2009. Today, the firm generates more than $125M in annual revenue worldwide. In 2005, Mr. Spector was co-founder of a software start-up enabling parents to monitor and protect their children on the internet. The firm partnered with the United States Justice Department and National Crime Prevention Council to launch McGruff Safeguard. Since its inception, the Company has helped more than 300,000 families safeguard their internet activity. In 2008, Mr. Spector was recruited by Kaseya, a global enterprise software company, to become its Senior Vice-President of Marketing, where he managed an annual marketing budget of $15 million dollars across 17 countries. Mr. Spector joined Tambourine is 2011 as a Partner and has been instrumental in the firmís rapid growth. Mr. Spector is a frequent public speaker at HSMAI, industry and university events. He lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife and two daughters who constantly remind him that he knows very little about anything. Please visit http://www.tambourine.com for more information.

Mr. Spector can be contacted at 561-278-4898 or dave@tambourine.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.