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Ms. McCoy

Stevi McCoy

Co-founder, Revel Experiences

Stevi McCoy is Co-founder of Revel Experiences, an engagement marketing firm specializing in experiential solutions. Revel specializes in delivering strategic engagement solutions that drive customer loyalty and bottom line growth. Prior to founding Revel, Ms. McCoy was Executive Director at Circles, Sodexo - the leading global provider of loyalty marketing solutions. For nearly ten years, Ms. McCoy led the sales, design and execution of customer loyalty and marketing programs for key Fortune 50 financial services clients and brands such as BMW, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton and British Airways. She also led the comprehensive corporate rebranding following Sodexo’s 2007 acquisition of Circles. Before joining Circles, Ms. McCoy was Senior Director of Marketing and Publicity at Madstone Films in New York, NY. At Madstone she spearheaded the field marketing efforts for a national theater chain and developed promotional and publicity campaigns for art and independent films. Ms. McCoy started her career in marketing and sales at Clicquot, Inc., a wine and spirits importer under the ultra-luxury good conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moet and Hennessy (LVMH).

Ms. McCoy can be contacted at 917-842-9467 or stevi@revelexperiences.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.