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Mr. Ostrum

Jesse Ostrum

Vice President of Revenue Management, Vantage Hospitality

Jesse Ostrum, Vice President of Revenue Management for Vantage Hospitality, has more than 20 years of revenue management experience in the fields of Hospitality & Tourism. He has previously led Revenue Management teams at SuperClubs Resorts International, Renaissance Cruises and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. In 2009, Mr. Ostrum joined Vantage Hospitality, specifically to develop and implement a new culture of Revenue Management and to install RM programs that would assist the company's 1,000+ hotel properties worldwide (Americas Best Value Inn, Canadas Best Value Inn, Value Inn Worldwide, Lexington Hotel, Lexington Inn). Mr. Ostrum holds both a Bachelor's degree in Business and an MBA in Finance from the University of Florida.

Mr. Ostrum can be contacted at 877-311-2378 ext. 153 or jostrum@vantagehospitality.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.