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Ms. Abel-Lanier

Kimberly Abel-Lanier

Vice President & General Manager Workforce Solutions, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Kimberly Abel-Lanier is the Vice President and General Manager, Workforce Solutions for Maritz Motivation Solutions. In this role, Ms. Abel-Lanier has the responsibility for leading the strategy and development of the company’s employee recognition solution, CultureNext. Ms. Abel-Lanier has always been passionate about helping companies create a culture of engagement and purpose. She believes in and strives through her work to make the world a better place to work. Ms. Abel-Lanier has over 20 years of experience in employee engagement strategies and has worked with many F500 global brands to improve their cultures. Previously Ms. Abel-Lanier held the role of Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Inspirus, a privately held company focused on workforce recognition solutions and service awards. Before Inspirus, she was the Co-Founder and President of Prosperiti, a privately held company focused on providing enterprise performance technologies to Fortune 1000 companies. Ms. Abel-Lanier also served as the Vice President of Product Visioning and Performance Services for Cultureworx. Her clients have repeatedly won national awards for their solutions. Ms. Abel-Lanier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications from North Central College, an MBA Certificate from Loyola University in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Thunderbird Global Management Program and the Villanova ROI Institute. Ms. Abel-Lanier is a founding member of Recognition Professionals International. She is currently serving on the Recognition Council for IMA. Ms. Abel-Lanier also participates on the Board of Directors for the Incentive Federation and is a judge for the Global Employee Engagement Awards. Please visit https://www.maritzmotivation.com/employee-engagement for more information.

Ms. Abel-Lanier can be contacted at 817-507-7386 or kimberly.abel@maritz.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.