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Mr. Heymann

Mark Heymann

Chairman & CEO, Unifocus

Mark Heymann is a founding partner and the chairman and CEO of UniFocus, the leading workforce performance firm in the service sector. He brings to his position more than 40 years of expertise in the industry, particularly in hospitality.

Mr. Heymann previously was founder and president of the Heymann Group, Inc. (HGI), a consulting, software and asset advisory company that was a forerunner in relating labor management to service quality in the hotel industry. For 15 years, HGI delivered significant bottom-line results to clients including Xanterra Resorts, Omni Hotels, Orient Express Hotels and Loews Hotels. Under Heymann's leadership, HGI pioneered the development of labor management system technology, and in 1991, it introduced the resource and labor management software program Watson R.M.T

In 1998, Mr. Heymann coordinated HGI's merger with Strategic Quantitative Solutions to create UniFocus, the first company to deliver the full array of labor performance software systems for the hospitality industry. UniFocus' first-to-market innovations include automated scheduling, touch-screen time clocks and task-based labor for meetings and conventions.

UniFocus was also the first in the industry to guarantee a return on investment, and its meeting planner feedback solution was the first to include a multi-tier survey process to support the overall relationship with the meeting planner throughout the sales, planning and event period.

Today, UniFocus' software systems optimize workforce performance with the most comprehensive systems and performance tools available on the market, including applications and services for least-cost labor management, time and attendance, budgeting, and integrated survey solutions including real-time staff engagement metrics. Its platform is cloud-based with mobile applications for iOS and Android.

Mr. Heymann holds a B.A. in economics from Brown University and an M.S. in business from Columbia University.

Please visit http://www.UniFocus.com for more information.

Mr. Heymann can be contacted at 972-512-5105 or mheymann@unifocus.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.